Sing to Win at Ripon
1pt win Singeur in 15.30 Ripon at 12/1 (General).
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1pt win Elusive Prince in 15.30 Ripon at 25/1 (Ladbrokes).
1pt win El Viento in 14.20 Ripon at 14/1 (Boylesports).
My first ever visit to a racecourse came in Ripon and 20 years later I had my wedding reception at the same place but I've few better memories from the track than when Excusez Moi won the Great St Wilfrid some six years ago.
It's a race I love and while finding the winner of this ultra-competitive sprint isn't easy I'm a firm believer in backing horses at Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse that have thrived over the bumps before.
With that in mind I'm drawn to SINGEUR who has a second and a win to his name from just two visits to the North Yorkshire track including a victory over five furlongs on his last appearance.
There's no doubt he won despite the trip that day and back up an extra furlong I'm less concerned over his 4lb hike in the weights than would be if he was going in again over five.
He's a sprinter worth following when he's in form as he rattled off a four-timer as a youngster before going in twice last season in consecutive races.
This will only be his third start of the campaign, and, Robin Bastiman had a chip removed from one of his joints over the winter, as he was convinced it was bothering him in the second half of last year's campaign.
Now he's sound and proven himself to be in good health following his latest win it would be no surprise if he had more improvement in him. The 12/1 looks a fair price.
In the same race I also cannot resist ELUSIVE PRINCE given Ladbrokes dangle a tasty 25/1.
He's another course specialist who has won three times from four starts at Ripon and he's interesting with Dean Heslop's 5lb-claim bringing him down to his last winning mark.
That came at Chester two starts ago on soft ground when first-time blinkers worked the oracle, and though they failed to have the same effect next time in the Stewards' Cup nothing went right for him that day.
I'm happy to draw a line through that run and if you do he's a very attractive proposition at the price.
Both selections are better with cut in the ground and while I'm no Michael Fish I believe precipitation is forecast in the Ripon area which can only be good news.
Finally, in the consolation race, I want to be with Richard Fahey's EL VIENTO at 14/1.
The Malton handler is tweaking his headgear according to his column and it won't take much of a tweak to get him back over the winning line in first.
He ran a cracker at Glorious Goodwood advertising his current well-being, is back down to his last winning mark and that came on this track in July last year.
From his low draw he can go very well at 14s.