Pertuis has been a real fun horse for the Micky Hammond yard and the grey appears to love life around Ripon having recently won the Ladies Derby over course and distance. Were he to turn up in a similar mood, he has every chance of registering another success. Wadacre Sarko has rattled up victories at Hamilton and Beverley over the last couple of weeks and Mark Johnston's three-year-old is open to progression but we prefer the claims of VALANTINO OYSTER. Tracy Waggott's gelding is a previous winner over course and distance and he can prove a modest run at Beverley to have been merely a bad day at the office. The handler is never afraid of running two with chances in the same race and Bright Applause has to enter calculations. Having struggled to win off today's mark on his last two outings, George Chaloner's claim will take off a valuable 5lb. Kuantan One is tried in headgear having disappointed on a recent start at Newmarket.
Gran Maestro (USA) 4-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pressed winner over 3f out, ridden and not quicken near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind El Bravo (8-1) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Bright Applause 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, switched left over 1f out, soon went 3rd, ridden and no impression, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Tetbury (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
High On A Hill (IRE) 28-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, kept on gamely towards finish, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct '11 beating Mazagee (9-4) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Dark Dune (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 18l behind Renew (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Fossgate 12-1 (9-7) Very slowy away, pushed along in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 8, 3l behind Maybeme (8-10) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Pertuis (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, headway on outside 3f out, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 7, 4l behind Wadacre Sarko (8-13) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Wadacre Sarko 6-5fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, headway on outside 3f out, went 2nd soon after, led 2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, ridden out, won at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Schmooze (9-4) by 1l, 7 ran.
Kuantan One (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 14l behind Arbaah (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 9l behind Slide Show (8-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Led, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Maybeme (8-10) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.