Daniel Tudhope could afford to ease down Hit The Jackpot in the closing stages at Ripon on Thursday and he still won by five lengths. A 6lb penalty is unlikely to prevent another bold bid but the unexposed COMEDY KING may prove too good. The latter won his maiden at Newcastle last month and the Cumani yard has an impressive strike rate at the track. Cactus Valley was returning from a lengthy absence at Epsom and should finish a lot closer today while Correggio wasn't beaten far at York despite finishing only sixth. Both Legal Waves and Epic Battle were big disappointments last time but the former may have needed the run and was consistent last term.
Hit The Jackpot (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Held up in touch, led over 1f out, kept on well, very easily, won at Ripon 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Bold Prediction (9-2) by 5l, 5 ran.
Cactus Valley (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 14, 11l behind Sennockian Star (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Epic Battle (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Led for 100 yards, tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 11l behind Rebellious Guest (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Mar.
Legal Waves (IRE) Evensfav (10-0) Tracked leaders, effort on outside 4f out to 3f out, soon ridden and no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd inside final 2f, weakened 1f out, 5th of 13, 29l behind Odeon (8-13) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Life And Times (USA) 16-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 6l behind Running Deer (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Correggio 16-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 18, 1 3/4l behind Eurystheus (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Comedy King (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Prominent, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, found extra towards finish, won at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May beating Fullaah (9-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.