The David Evans-trained Ravi River has claims at the weights judged by official BHA ratings but he has not run up to that level for some time and a safer option looks to be ABBONDANZA, who can win his sixth race on the bounce and he gets the verdict ahead of Maison Brillet. Howard Johnson's gelding disappointed at York last time but he was highly tried that day and this represents a big drop in class for thee three-year-old, who has to be respected in this company. Bold Marc has been running to a consistent level of form in handicaps of late and has to be considered in this grade, while Ruth Carr's Classic Descent has similarly been knocking on the door in handicaps but faces no easy task at the weights. Abbondanza has been well campaigned by David Nicholls this term in this grade and he can notch another victory in a claimer and his second at this venue this term.
Abbondanza (IRE) 6-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, found extra when pressed inside final furlong, won at Folkestone 6f clm stks (6) gf in Jun beating Piazza San Pietro (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Binglybonglyboo Elmaamul gelding out of Sabotini.
Bold Marc (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 7l behind Tanforan (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Stephie 50-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced 4f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 17l behind Flotation (8-10) at Chester 1m 2f mdn stks (4) gf in Jun.
Prince James Danroad colt out of Lawless Bridget.
Classic Descent 3-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed well inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Ting Ting (8-2) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Nuit Sombre (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Led, headed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 9l behind Polish World (8-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Ravi River (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Behind, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 11, 10l behind Orpenindeed (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f app clm stks (6) pol in Jun.
Ten To The Dozen 40-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 14l behind Glenluji (8-0) at Ayr 1m app hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Tracked winner, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 20l behind Rebel Soldier (9-5) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Ochilview Warrior (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 15, 17l behind Cross Key (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Sydney Bridge 50-1 (8-6) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 15, 27l behind Cross Key (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.