Mark Johnston won the first running a year ago and Dame Nellie Melba appeared unsuited by soft ground at Ripon after scoring on quick going at Leicester. Evangelist battled to victory at Windsor though couldn't quicken when sent to Chester but QAWAAFY looked certain to be suited by further when storming away inside the final furlong over 1m1f at Yarmouth and can complete the double. Legal Waves has disappointed this season and has been given a break since a poor run at Redcar in May.
Legal Waves (IRE) 13-8 (9-6) Awkwardly away, tracked leading pair, driven and headway over 3f out, soon chased easy winner, ridden and no impression when edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Maputo (9-7) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Qawaafy (USA) 9-4 (9-4) Dwelt and hampered start, tracked leaders, headway to press leader 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 1f fll hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Visit Copenhagen (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Evangelist 6-4fav (9-7) Close up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 8, 6l behind Topamichi (8-13) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Dame Nellie Melba 10-11fav (8-9) Tracked leader, joined leader 3f out, ridden and every chance until entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Triple Eight (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.