Top tipster Andrew Mount has six selections across five races on Saturday
MAJESTIC DAWN – 3.35 Newmarket
The yard of Paul and Oliver Cole does well with runners in first-time blinkers, scoring with 13 of the 68 qualifiers since 2012 (19.1% strike-rate) for a profit of £29.40 to a £1 level stake at SP. The yard is five from 11 with first-time blinkers runners since the start of last year (+£30.00) and I’m going to chance MAJESTIC DAWN in the Cambridgeshire now that the headgear goes on. He was a good fifth to Lord North in a much stronger renewal 12 months ago, despite racing on unsuitably quick going, and scored in a fast time on heavy ground at Nottingham next time. The 1m2f trip proved a shade too far when third to Alternative Fact on his final 2019 outing and he would have needed his recent comeback effort on the all-weather. His prominent style will be an asset and he looks well drawn in stall 23.
VENTURA REBEL & SOUTHERN HORSE – 3.50 Curragh
Richard Fahey is six from 27 with his Irish runners since the start of 2018 (22.2% strike-rate) for a profit of £37.50 and VENTURA REBEL looks worth a bet in this 6f Group 3 contest. He should encounter the required strong pace and the cheekpieces might help – his trainer has a 29 from 153 record in the past ten years with first-time cheekpieced runners on turf, returning from a recent outing (within 28 days), for a profit of £79.75 to a £1 level stake at SP. York didn’t suit his patient running style last time but his turf record elsewhere stands at 112435 (2-6).
SOUTHERN HORSE was poorly draw in stall 3 in a 7f Listed race on his debut for Jessica Harrington at Cork last time, losing plenty of ground when Shane Foley switched him to the quicker strip on the nearside rail. He was always playing ‘catch-up’ after and couldn’t quite strike a blow, finishing a three-quarters of a length third. It was a great run in the circumstance and, while the drop back to 6f is a slight concern, he’s also worth a bet.
BENADALID – 4.35 Ripon
BENDADALID has a good record at this venue – form figures of 3134115 (3-7) – despite the track not always being ideal for his come-from-behind style. He clocked a fast time when a close second at Pontefract on his latest start and the forecast headwind in the straight should make his running style more effective today.
SHE’S ALL IN GOLD – 5.10 Ripon
SHE’S ALL IN GOLD recorded a quick time when a 28-1 sixth at Windsor on her recent debut, keeping on well once the penny dropped. Golden Horn progeny ten to improve with age/distance and had we bet the sire’s 3yo crop since August we’d be well in front. The Tom Dascombe yard is in great form and it’s interesting to see Richard Kingscote come here instead of Haydock
VINTAGE POLLY – 5.40 Ripon
VINTAGE POLLY scored impressively at Hamilton on her recent debut for Rebecca Menzies and her patient style should be equally effective here today thanks to the headwind. She clocked a good time for that victory and her yard does well with acquisitions from other yards at the second time of asking, scoring with 15 of the 127 qualifiers for a profit of £12.15, improving to £32.58 for those coming back to the track within four weeks.
Today’s Best Bets
Majestic Dawn – 1pt each-way – 3.35 Newmarket (40-1 generally)
Ventura Rebel – 1pt win – 3.50 Curragh (12-1 bet365)
Southern Horse – 1pt win – 3.50 Curragh (13-2 generally)
Bendadalid – 1pt win – 4.35 Ripon (9-2 generally)
She’s All In Gold – 1pt win 5.10 Ripon (10-1 bet365)
Vintage Polly – 2pts win – 5.40 Ripon (5-1 generally)
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