Great St Wilfrid Handicap
The soft going at Ripon provides a quandary for punters. In their feature contest, The Great St Wilfred, those draw low have had a distinct advantage in recent seasons. However, the last time the race was run on this ground, those with high berths had the edge.
The Consolation Race that precedes it will certainly give us some clues, but at this stage we really like ECCLESTON.
We’ve sung David O’Meara’s praises many time in the past when it comes to improving horses he has inherited from other yards, and this horse surely has a big win in him for his new handler. Trip and ground are perfect and if being drawn low still proves the best place to be he also has an ideal stall in 2.
We are going to put all our eggs in one basket when it comes to the draw and back up our main selection with ANOTHER WISE KID, who is in four. His form figures may be uninspiring, but he was beaten only a length in sixth in this race last year, he will like the ground and he has dropped down the weights.
It is certainly worth noting that Ladbrokes are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race (just 3 places with most bookmakers), especially as with seven non-runners there are currently just 13 horses going to post.
|Eccleston (ew)||3.30 Ripon||6/1||Ladbrokes|
|Another Wise Kid (ew)||3.30 Ripon||16/1||Ladbrokes|
Silver Trophy Handicap
In the Consolidation Race, it is easy to make out a case for many of the runners including Nameitwhatyoulike, Ambitious Icarus (although he may not quite see out the trip) Meshardal and The Hooded Claw, but ultimately it is hard to look past the likely favourite, and another O’Meara raider, FLYMAN.
He won over course and distance last time, and likes soft ground, and so ticks all the boxes.
At bigger odds, the mare AVON BREEZE could run well with cheekpieces re-applied. She got no sort of run when behind Flyman here last time out, and is best judged on her previous start when she stayed on strongly over 5f to win at Beverley.
The unexposed and lightly raced ART OBSESSION is the dark horse in the race. He has been campaigned over 7f recently, but should be suited by the drop in drip and if he handles the ground he could run well for a yard that is renowned for producing decent sprinters.
|Flyman (ew)||3.00 Ripon||7/1||Ladbrokes|
|Avon Breeze (ew)||3.00 Ripon||20/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes|
|Art Obsession (ew)||3.00 Ripon||16/1||William Hill|
Geoffrey Freer Stakes
One of the highlights at Newbury is the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer. There are a few non-runners on account of the ground, which means it isn’t an ideal contest to get involved in each way anymore, but we can’t resist a few quid on WINDSHEAR, as he is proven on soft and looked to be returning to form when third at Goodwood last time out.
|Windshear (ew)||2.35 Newbury||10/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes|