Ripon Preview – Tuesday 30th August 2016 – By Geoff Handley, one of our Community Members. You too can join us here.
THEAKSTONS POP-UP BEER FESTIVAL 24TH SEPTEMBER MAIDEN STAKES
This looks like a two horse race between Dawoodi and Colonel Frank.
Dawoodi is trained by Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer who has 15 winners with his 2 year olds from 75 runners and sends his first youngster to Ripon.Trainer has been most consistent all season.
Finished a good third at Redcar ( backed from 7/2 to 11/4 ) and the runner up, fourth and fifth have all won since, he should come on for his debut run.
Colonel Frank will be the big danger, made his debut at Gt Yarmouth finishing 6th ( two winners have come out of that race ) and then was well backed last time finishing second on the all weather at Wolverhampton.The Newmarket trainer Ed Walker is 0/6 at the course in the last 5 years.
The un-raced Buccaneer’s Cove is from the top yard of Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey and is worth a watch in the market. (4 winners today from his 15 runners).
The same could be said about the filly Panther In Pink trained locally by Ann Duffield and has PJ McDonald booked.
The other five make little appeal.
SIS HORSES IN-RUNNING NURSERY HANDICAP
17 runners have been declared for this wide open 2yo handicap over the minimum distance of 5 furlongs.
Two Newmarket trained horses will no doubt dominate the market, the Hugo Palmer trained Bithynia though has plenty to prove following his latest run at Beverley and secondly George Margarson trained Miss Rosina who was a plucky runner up at Thirsk ( making all until close home ) and could run well of a handicap mark of 70, has a nice draw in 17, It could pay to lead from the front and Miss Rosina could well do that and lead them all a merry dance.Though the trainer is on the cold list its his first visit to the course for over 8 years.
However, I also like the Yorkshire trained Mama Africa who has ran four times, each time showing a bit of promise,not getting the clearest of runs last time at Carlisle, Should run well off a mark of 66 and at 9/1 is my each way value though I have worries about it drawn 1 as it could pay to be drawn high (often is over the sprint track at Ripon).
As for the other 14 runners, I do like the yard of Jamie Osborne and he sends Big Lachie on the long journey from Upper Lambourn and has top jockey Jamie Doyle booked, Finished a reasonable second at Saturday, he is another well drawn.
Like I said, its an open event.
One from each side of the track, Miss Rosina and Mama Africa.
DAVID CHAPMAN MEMORIAL HANDICAP
This is the best race of the evening and as the betting suggest is wide open.
Not often I tip up an 11yo but hopefully Silvanus can win this 5f sprint, get the feeling he is coming back to form and has dropped to a dangerous handicap mark of 85.
Last time out didn’t get the best of runs at Thirsk but was running on well at the end,Paul Mulrennan rides for North Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgeley.
Imtiyaaz has done nothing this season over 6f but won last season at Ripon over todays distance and going ( good to soft ) and is reunited with the winning jockey Andrea Atzeni for the first time.
13 runners in total.
21 ENGINEER REGIMENT SAPPER HANDICAP
Just the six runners head to post over this 2m trip
I’m very hopeful that the 3yo Silva Eclipse can make it a hat-trick.
A winner last time at Carlisle, the form looks solid as three winners have subsequently come out of that race and a step up in trip should improve him again.Trained by Jedd O’Keefe in Middleham, the top jockey Paul Mulrennan rides
The danger could be the only other 3yo Kajaki, though not as progressive as Silva Eclipse, the North Yorkshire yard of Kevin Ryan is in great form with 7 winners with their last 19 runners.
SIS TRADING SERVICES FILLIES´ HANDICAP
Hopefully jockey Paul Mulrennan can complete his hat-trick on the evening and also Tanaasub completes her treble too.
She won here at Ripon on her seasonal debut then went on to win at Haydock, travels up from near Newmarket by Robert Cowell. Newmarket raider Cersei is the danger for top trainer David Simcock.
SIS STREAM MAIDEN STAKES
The last race of the day due off at 7.45pm.
Godolphin have their only runner here this evening from Newmarket with Confident Kid, James Doyle rides. Cost half a million as a yearling , ran two promising races this season at Haydock and Pontefract finishing runner up on both occasions,the dogs were barking for this one last year when beaten on his only 2yo start
His big challenger is the the Irish runner Warp Factor who has raced at Hamilton the last five times running in decent company but is probably not as progressive as the Kid.
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