Andrew Balding's DINGAAN has been raised 9lb since winning a Sandown claimer in July but looks worth siding with on his return to the Polytrack, a surface on which he has a good record. Kevin Ryan's Apache Ridge won a Ripon seller last time in decent fashion and has to be respected in this claimer but he has a bit to find with the selection on official BHA ratings. Hugh Morrison's Cape Melody has claims dropped into this grade for the first time, while Dvinsky is probably better over six furlongs than the seven that he races over today. Jim Best's Orpenindeed has been running well in this grade in recent starts and should be thereabouts at the end once more but a better bet looks to be Dingaan, who can win again.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 9-4fav (9-12) Chased leaders far side, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, led well inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Ripon 6f app sell stks (6) gd in Aug beating Sharp Shoes (8-13) by 1l, 12 ran.
Orpenindeed (IRE) 6-4fav (9-9) Prominent, not much room and stumbled over 3f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, no impression, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Hinton Admiral (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jul.
Dingaan (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, led entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Sandown 1m clm stks (5) gf in Jul beating Carcinetto (8-9) by 3l, 8 ran.
Cape Melody 9-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, in rear, reminders before halfway, kept on final furlong, no impression, 4th of 7, 4l behind Another Try (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Dvinsky (USA) 15-2 (9-8) Prominent, under pressure when switched to race stands side, soon lost place, 5th of 6, 8l behind Lady Florence (9-9) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Vanilla Rum 10-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, rear division, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Belgique (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Fol Liam 25-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 23l behind Sunnyside Tom (9-10) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gf in Aug.
Ninth House (USA) 15-2 (9-1) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 14l behind Frontline Girl (9-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Ravi River (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 5th of 11, 8l behind Nuit Sombre (9-1) at Redcar 7f app clm stks (5) gf in Jul.
Southandwest (IRE) 18-1 (9-13) Mid-division in centre, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 8th of 11, 5l behind Sea Salt (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Royal Box 12-1 (9-2) Outpaced, always behind, 6th of 8, 8l behind Madam Isshe (8-6) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Angelena Ballerina (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on and every chance until one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Ashkalara (8-5) at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.