Back Bold for Ripon glory

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: May 18 2014, 17:36 BST

Nick Robson says Bold Prediction can continue Karl Burke's great form at Ripon on Sunday - he has a tip for every race.

Karl Burke has his string in great form at the moment
Karl Burke has his string in great form at the moment


LIMERICK: 2.15 Is She Home, 2.45 Go Paddy Go, 3.15 Shield, 3.45 Limpopo Tom, 4.15 Annie Oakley, 4.45 Tipped Up Harry, 5.15 Dat's The Plan.

MARKET RASEN: 2.00 She's Late, 2.30 Trend Is My Friend, 3.00 Xenophon, 3.30 Enchanted Garden, 4.00 Zarzal, 4.30 Keltic Rhythm, 5.00 Daisie Raymond.

NAVAN: 2.05 Sailors Swan, 2.35 Pierre D'or, 3.05 Araner, 3.35 Masai, 4.05 Leading Light, 4.35 Sakhra, 5.05 Adelana, 5.35 Blackstone.

RIPON: 2.10 Douglas Bank, 2.40 Flying Machine, 3.10 Tagtale, 3.40 Bondesire, 4.10 BOLD PREDICTION (NAP), 4.40 Notebook, 5.10 Shillito, 5.40 Art Of War.

STRATFORD: 2.20 Painted Gold, 2.50 Cashmere Cat, 3.20 Tindaro, 3.50 Area Access, 4.20 The Kings Assassin, 4.50 The Rattler Obrien, 5.20 Saver.

DOUBLE: Bold Prediction and Bondesire.

Bold Prediction can continue Karl Burke's excellent start to the season in the Ripon, Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse Handicap on Sunday.

Burke had 10 winners last month and while his hot streak has cooled off a little somewhat, his horses are still running well enough.

Odeliz ran a career-best at York in the Middelton Stakes and Burke has had another handful of horses hit the frame in the last couple of weeks.

One of those was Bold Prediction, who ran a blinder when narrowly beaten into third in the Thirsk Hunt Cup - a race which appeared to be marginally stronger race than this.

Sent off at 33-1 from 2lb out of the handicap, he chased the pace throughout yet still had every chance deep inside the final furlong.

It was not until the final 100 yards that Fort Bastion and Ingleby Angel came past and given the winner's subsequent narrow defeat in Listed company at York this week, the form looks pretty strong.

For the handicapper to only put him up 1lb for that effort seems very lenient and he should be on the premises.

David O'Meara is a dab hand at improving handicap sprinters and Bondesire looks the latest to benefit from his handling.

The likes of Pepper Lane, Louis The Pious and Move In Time have all improved for joining O'Meara and Bondesire, who won her first handicap off 70 almost exactly a year ago over this course and distance, has made great strides to sit on her current perch of 90.

It looks as if she will still be competitive though, as she won on her reappearance over five furlongs at Beverley off just a 4lb lower mark.

She acts with cut in the ground so the soft side of good should be perfect for her.

Given its unique nature, Ripon has a habit of creating course specialists and the fact she has never been out of the first three in four visits suggests the ridges hold no fear for her.

O'Meara won the C.B. Hutchinson Memorial Challenge Cup with Pepper Lane a couple of years ago and she went on to win the Great St Wilfrid twice and surely a victory here will book Bondesire's ticket for a Ripon return.

Xenophon appears to be thriving at present and can strike gold in the Double M Sandwich Bar Novices' Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.

The six-year-old was rated well over 100 a couple of years ago but has steadily fallen through the ranks to his current mark of 74.

He has hardly set the world alight in winning just two of his 40 career starts, but Michael Chapman seems to have rekindled his ability lately and his one-length defeat at this track recently suggests he is capable of getting his head in front in the near future.

The Rattler Obrien ran out a convincing winner over hurdles last time and is well worth supporting as he switches to fences in the Novices' Handicap Chase at Stratford.

Second in a hunter chase last term, he has also run well in point to point company so the move to novice chasing looks a logical step.