Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap 1m 4f 10y
- (3yo, 1m 4f 10y, Class 2, 5 runners)
- Winner £15,562 2nd £4,660 3rd £2,330 4th £1,165 5th £582 6th £292
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 39.62s
- Off time: 15:46:46
Gold Approach 29
|3||133 9-7||W J Haggas||Graham Gibbons||89||6/1|
Desert Snow 17
|3||129 9-3 h||Saeed bin Suroor||F Tylicki||85||2/1f|
Penhill (ex6) 4
|3||127 9-1||J D Bethell||P McDonald||77||9/4|
Fire Fighting (IRE) 14
|3||126 9-0||M Johnston||Adrian Nicholls||82||11/1|
|3||125 8-13||M Johnston||R Ffrench||81||4/1|
||3||8-13||M Johnston||J Fanning||9/4|
William Haggas and Mark Johnston have both won this prize in the past and we'll take the former to come out on top again with GOLD APPROACH. The filly made far too much use of herself in the Queen's Prize at Royal Ascot, but she'd won in emphatic fashion at Lingfield, and she can defy the handicapper here. Notarised was sent off as a hot favourite for the Ulster Derby at Down Royal, and we narrowly prefer the Yarmouth winner over stable companion, Fire Fighting. Desert Snow accounted for a useful type in Rocket Ship at Kempton Park, and if she is able to translate her form to Turf, the Godolphin raider has to be considered to be a major player. Penhill steps up in class following a clear-cut success at Thirsk.
Penhill 5-4 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Thirsk 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Galactic Heroine (9-7) by 4l, 3 ran.
Notarised 9-2fav (8-12) Soon led, headed inside first 2f, prominent, pushed along over 4f out, dropped to moderate 8th 1 1/2f out, eased from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 30l behind Wexford Town (8-13) at Down Royal 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf in Jun.
Fire Fighting (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 5l behind Roseburg (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Desert Snow 3-1 (8-8) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and clear when edged left inside final furlong, kept on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol beating Rocket Ship (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Gold Approach 16-1 (8-12) Keen led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 40l behind Hartnell (9-3) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.