Hope springs eternal at Ripon

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: August 26 2013, 15:48 BST

Nick Robson provides a selection for every race on Monday and makes Riverboat Springs his nap at Ripon.

Mick Channon: Trainer of Riverboat Springs
Mick Channon: Trainer of Riverboat Springs

BANGOR: 2.15 Spitfire Ace, 2.50 Polarbrook, 3.25 Franciscan, 4.00 Lucky Landing, 4.35 Marmas, 5.10 Clondaw Hero.

CHEPSTOW: 2.05 Ghaawy, 2.40 Likelihood, 3.15 Stag Hill, 3.50 Dream Sika, 4.25 Yojimbo, 5.00 Landau, 5.35 The Name Is Frank, 6.05 Deliberation.

CARTMEL: 2.20 Mr Satco, 2.55 Niknad, 3.30 Pete, 4.05 Hunters Lodge, 4.40 Cootehill, 5.15 Up For An Oscar, 5.50 Red Eyes.

DOWNPATRICK: 2.35 Dr Schultz, 3.05 Hold Em Cowboy, 3.40 Romeo Is Bleeding, 4.15 Lancing, 4.50 Zadarska, 5.25 Ultra Light, 5.55 Old Castletown.

EPSOM: 2.00 Lincoln, 2.30 Exotic Guest, 3.05 Fair Value, 3.40 Questioning, 4.15 Beacon Lady, 4.50 Hilali, 5.25 Jack Who's He.

HUNTINGDON: 2.35 Wom, 3.10 Crescent Beach, 3.45 Dantari, 4.20 High Ron, 4.55 Edmaaj, 5.30 Reckless Romeo, 6.00 Fromthetop

NEWCASTLE: 2.15 Archibald Thorburn, 2.50 Flycatcher, 3.25 Plunder, 4.00 New Street, 4.35 Fever Few, 5.10 Madrasa, 5.45 Right Touch 6.15 Jeer.

RIPON: 1.55 Sartori, 2.25 Naaz, 3.00 Tumblewind, 3.35 RIVERBOAT SPRINGS (NAP), 4.10 Haafaguinea, 4.45 Zain Eagle, 5.20 Amazing Blue Sky.

WARWICK: 2.10 Dark Lane, 2.45 Captain Whoosh, 3.20 Meteoroid, 3.55 Es Que Love, 4.30 Desert Wings, 5.05 Mr Vendman, 5.40 Intiba.

DOUBLE: Riverboat Springs and Archibald Thorburn.

Riverboat Springs can put a disappointing Royal Ascot display behind him with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy at the Garden Racecourse.

Mick Channon's juvenile obviously has a quirk or two but his talent was there for all to see earlier in the season.

He won on his debut at Bath without much fuss, despite being caught a little flat-footed at one stage, but it was on his next start in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby day that set alarm bells ringing - for a number of reasons.

The son of Bushranger was completely tailed-off at halfway and looked to have taken no interest in the race whatsoever.

However, once William Buick managed to get him on an even keel he fairly flew home, passing most of his rivals inside the final furlong to finish second, albeit at a respectable distance behind the impressive winner Thunder Strike.

The winner has since proven himself to be just below top-class, finishing fourth in the Coventry, third in the Richmond Stakes and second in the big sales race at York last week.

For whatever reason Riverboat Springs ran no race at all in the Coventry and Channon has given him plenty of time to recover in the hope he can return to the sort of form he showed at Epsom.

Clive Cox has always thought a good deal of Haafaguinea and he can get his career back on track in the £20,000 Ripon Rowels Handicap.

There are a few course and distance winners in the race and the unique nature of the track means the likes of Suits Me, Ardmay and Robert The Painter should be afforded the utmost respect.

However, Cox's three-year-old performed creditably in traditionally one of the hottest handicaps of the season at Goodwood last time out behind Wentworth.

While these rivals are battle-hardened, they are simply not in that class and the Esher Cup winner might be a cut above.

Sir Michael Stoute's Derby entry Ghaawy should take the beating in the Get Free Bets At thebookiesoffers.co.uk EBF Maiden Stakes at Chepstow.

Green on debut, he finished third to Chief Barker, a winner again since, in a Sandown maiden last time out and should come on again.

Fair Value runs better at Epsom than anywhere else so is handicapped to go very close indeed in the Great Surrey Handicap.

Ed McMahon's Archibald Thorburn was a massive eyecatcher on debut at Haydock and reappears in the first division of the Catch Fred's Pushes On Betfred TV/EBF Maiden Stakes at Newcastle.

Meteoroid should win the ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes at Warwick, while Franciscan starts a new career in the Bet at bangorSPORT Novices' Hurdle at Bangor and should be hard to beat.

Mr Satco can clinch Cartmel's Sticky Toffee Pudding Novices' Hurdle and at Huntingdon, Dantari gets the vote in the Tony McNulty Conditional Jockeys' Selling Hurdle.