15:25 Ripon Thu 18 April 2019
C&D winner last July and backed it up with a further win at Nottingham soon after; didn't fire from this mark when last seen and has a bit to prove under top weight. (The rider's 5lb claim may not be enough to ease the burden on seasonal bow.)
Yard has a good record in these course sprints - won a division of the 2012 renewal of this race - and the gelding also has a C&D win to his name. Set to race from 1lb above his highest winning mark, so needs to be at best on his seasonal return.
Won at Newmarket from a 5lb lower mark in July 2016 but did lose his way afterwards; has won after a break but returning from such a long absence has to be a concern; even though he debuts for a yard renowned for freshening up its new recruits.
Back on a winning mark and ground conditions ought to be fine; most of his better form has been seen on stiffer courses though. His draw on the rails draw can be beneficial if he copes.
Won a novice auction on his second career start but handicap form has been moderate at best so far. Best watched on debut for a new yard (which looks to have stronger claims with Bossipop here).
Already a dual C&D winner and versatile regarding the ground so long as the heavens don't open too much. Needed a couple of outings to put him right last year and also reasonable to suggest he could do with some assistance from the handicapper too.
Approaching four years since his last win and moderate efforts outweigh better ones since winning at Thirsk in August 2015; debuts for a new yard and only raced once since December 2017; comes here with plenty to prove.
Has won over 6f but form tailed off towards the end of last season. Resumes on a reasonable mark but needs to up his game considerably from the last time he was seen out.
Has some decent form to his name and is more experienced than most; attractively weighted but needs to step up from his seasonal debut. Switch back to turf will suit but holds no secrets these days.
Been progressive since the turn of the year and still potentially well treated as he bids for a third consecutive victory within just over a month. Up 3lb after his win at Leicester but still a leading contender.
Likes to front run and well drawn to take advantage of the nature of this course; but is 7lb above his last winning mark and very possible he may be better over at least another furlong. Respected but the trip is a concern.
Better on turf than the AW but most of the mare's best efforts - including a C&D win - have been on softer ground than predicted here. The betting can guide but she also needs to prove her fitness after an absence since November.
Goes well at Catterick where the undulations are a bit more pronounced; can play a part here but is still 4lb above his last winning mark. Been off since January and may need more help from the handicapper now the turf season is gathering momentum.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Adam's Ale||9||9-0||20/1||Full Result|
|T: Mrs Marjorie FifeJ: Barry McHugh|
Kupa River (2/1), Paddy Power (4/1), Bossipop (9/1), Mr Wagyu (9/1), Redrosezorro (11/1), Daffy Jane (12/1), Music Society (12/1), Mr Orange (14/1), Cartmell Cleave (18/1), Zumurud (25/1), Penny Pot Lane (25/1), Eccleston (33/1), Indian Pursuit (33/1)
- Kupa River
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