William Haggas has a history of sending his improving sorts to Ripon and he throws a real curveball to punters with Wolverhampton maiden winner, Cellist. The Halling gelding disappointed at Sandown but he could still be open to progression. Fillies in form are always worth following and we will side with MAYBEAGREY. The daughter of Shamardal notched up a couple of wins on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton during the winter, but she has really come to hand of late with back-to-back successes at Pontefract and Thirsk. Her previous experience of racing in small fields can see her through. Arley Hall had looked plenty exposed prior to her win at Musselburgh though the substantial market confidence suggested otherwise. Time will tell as to whether she's improved enough to defy the handicapper's riposte of a 9lb rise. Margo Channing has finished runner-up on her last two outings and she looks fated for a supporting role once again.
Cellist 5-1 (9-7) Reluctant to load in stalls, tracked leader, niggled along halfway, came to near side in staight and ridden to lead 3f out, hung right under pressure over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 7l behind Queen's Star (8-2) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Arley Hall 5-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, led 3f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Coax (9-9) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Bob's World 4-1 (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden 4f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 10l behind Venegazzu (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
Maybeagrey 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders in 4th, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on well, won at Thirsk 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gd beating Margo Channing (8-6) by 1l, 8 ran.
Finbar 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 16, 7l behind Keepax (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Hyperlink (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Took keen hold, led until headed inside final 4f, weakened 3f out, 5th of 6, 34l behind Suzi's A Class Act (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Artistic Dawn (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, keen hold, under pressure halfway, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 17l behind Commend (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Millymonkin 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden halfway, no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 16, 8l behind Forget Me Not Lane (9-1) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Margo Channing 15-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place 4f out, headway over 2f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Maybeagrey (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gd.