Two Ripon bets for Rory Delargy this afternoon including a horse who has been rolling back the years this season.
1pt win Bossipop in 3.42 Ripon at 8/1 (General - min 15/2)
1pt win Briardale in 4.12 Ripon at 11/4 (General - min 5/2)
The feature Armstrong Memorial Handicap can go to Tim Easterby’s Bossipop, the only C&D winner in the field, but largely ignored by the oddsmakers despite the continuing form of the Habton Grange team, including a double in the feature handicaps at Thirsk on Sunday. Bossipop had run a couple of clunkers, but he bounced back to form when 1¾ lengths second of 5 to Jordan Electrics in a lady riders handicap at Hamilton on Sunday, and two of his last four wins have come off a break of less than a week.
Briardale has really turned the clock back this season for Ed Bethell, the yard favourite winning three times, including when making all for an easy success over C&D last time. My initial thought is that he must be vulnerable in the Never So Bold Handicap having gone up a stone in the weights - he’s an exposed nine-year--old after all - but the more I dig through the form here, the more I’m convinced that he merely needs to repeat his latest effort to extend his winning run.
He was competing in 0-90 company when beaten two starts back, but take him out of this, and it’s effectively a 0-70 with the next horse in rated 72 by the assessor. That makes this a drop in class in effect, and while he’s got plenty of weight to shoulder, he’s very much built to do so, and should relish the opportunity to boss inferior rivals.
Published at 1050 BST on 02/08/21
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