Saturday sees one of the top Heritage Handicaps of the season, at Ripon, Yorkshire’s garden racecourse, such a lovely venue.
This year’s 6f sprint looks particularly strong, headed in the betting by Growl who regularly mixes it at Group level. But those highest in the weights rarely take this. Also, the last two furlongs at Ripon is quite undulating and doesn’t suit some sprinters. However, Pipers Note has won several times at Ripon and is expected to go well. Whereas the race is very much a lottery, there are several top class runners at very good odds. Well worth a punt on a couple I feel. The consolation race is equally competitive! And sun and the jazz band would be a bonus for me!
Tips for Ripon are….
2.05….Auction Stakes….Cl5….1m….COSA NOSTRA….ready to win
2.40….Silver Trophy….Cl2….6f….JACK DEXTER….top weight in consolation; class act here but Lexington Times a danger and Singeur interesting outsider
3.15….Great St Wilfrid Handicap….Cl2….6f….PIPERS NOTE….in form and loves the track; same goes for Out Do and suspect the very able Mattmu may outrun recent form
3.50….Ripon Hornblower Stakes….Cl3….6f….LAKE VOLTA….only 3 runners and any can win!
4.25….FilliesH’Cap….Cl4….1m2f….ALEXANDRAKOLLONTAI…. bit up and down but very able
5.00….attheraces H’Cap….Cl3….1m….TWO FOR TWO….Jamie Spencer aboard
5.35….William Hill H’Cap….Cl5….1m4f….SOLO MISSION….William Haggas and Tom Queally
I may need some!
Post races comment
Amazing win by Mattmu in the Great St Wilfrid at 28-1 for me, with Pipers Note 2nd.
Great run for 5th by Singeur in the Silver Trophy on the far rail, winning his own race clearly.
Solo Mission loked good, winning at 8-1, and Lake Volta looks to have terrific longterm potential for Mark Johnston, a 2yo to follow. So, big profits today for me.
But, racing can be a cruel sport. Mount Rock lost his life, as did the well loved Jack Dexter. Condolences to all connections, and, in particular, Mick Easterby and Jim Goldie, the latter having bred Jack Dexter and taken him to the heights.
Finally, a word for Tim Easterby, trainer of Mattmu. I’ve watched him for years, a true professional, a brilliant trainer, but so serious looking. He and jockey David Allan make a good pair. But today, well, I’ve never seen Tim smile so much or seem so pleased! He loved it, even making sure he got in a photo with Mattmu wearing the William Hill floral coat!
So, a great day’s racing, but a sad one too. Thanks for reading.