Our racing tipster is eyeing up a quartet of Ripon runners for potential profit.
Ripon is sharing evening duties with Windsor and it’s the North Yorkshire track that supplies today’s bets, with a quartet of three-year-olds catching the eye.
A field of ten will go to post for the 6f handicap and PORTLAND STREET looks to have a cracking chance of being called the winner. Unraced at two, Bryan Smart’s charge has shown progressive in four starts this season and beat all bar the bang-in-form Laila Honiwillow when making his handicap debut over this trip at Doncaster last time. On that evidence he can definitely win races off his current mark and this half-brother to Belardo should have more improvement in him after just four starts. Back him to go one better here.
Ed Dunlop’s Dutch Uncle had an excuse for a below-par run when sent off as favourite for an Epsom handicap last time as he simply didn’t act on the track. Given a break since we can expect better in the extended 1m1f handicap, but I’m not sure he can give 21lb and a beating to the Richard Fahey-trained CARNAGEO. He was a taking winner over a mile here two starts back and was far from disgraced when fourth in a better contest at Haydock last time on ground faster than ideal. Still a “big baby” according to connections, there’s every reason to believe he can continue to progress and this longer trip and easier ground promises to suit.
The 1m maiden looks between Tegara and WRAPPED who are both reappearing after showing promise last autumn. The former had a couple of subsequent winners behind when third on her sole start at Newmarket, but her rival’s close up fourth behind Light Up Your World at the same track reads better after that horse won a Sandown Listed contest on Saturday. William Haggas’ filly was a beaten favourite at Kempton on her next start over this trip at Kempton, but she had to race wide from the gates to get a good position and didn’t last home. She deserves another chance with her stable in cracking form and boasting a 36% (16-44) strike rate at this track.
The closing 1m handicap is the most competitive race on the card, but that means we get to back MANGO CHUTNEY at an each-way price. John Davies’ charge was beaten a long way into third in a maiden over a furlong further back in May after refusing to settle early and not quite lasting home, but he has run well the last twice back over a mile and looked a shade unlucky when a close third at Wetherby two starts back, having been short of room over a furlong out. He wasn’t beaten far when fifth (of 16) at Thirsk last time and has been dropped 1lb since, meaning he carries bottom weight this evening. His small stable had an 11/2 winner at Haydock on Friday, so there’s plenty to like.