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14:10 Ripon

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William Hill Ripon Hornblower EBF Novice Stakes (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15288
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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William Hill Ripon Hornblower EBF Novice Stakes (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 21

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 8lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Built on his promising 6f debut second when going one better in 5f Sandown maiden (good to soft) nine days ago; it's likely there's more to come from him, for a stable knocking in the winners on a regular basis.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

4

(12)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:15 York

Government Call

9st 3lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

in touch with leaders

14/1

8th

5

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Kempton (AW)

Government Call

9st 3lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Going the right way after wins at Sandown (5f) and Ripon (6f; again good to soft) but probably needs a fair chunk of improvement to bring up the hat-trick; on the plus side, his stable's 2yos tend to improve with racing and he's well drawn.

8/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 15 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

£135,000 buy this April who made a successful debut over 5f here last month; caught wide and certainly not disgraced when fifth in a valuable conditions race at Glorious Goodwood (5f, soft again); draw is possibly not ideal but she remains capable of better now stepping up to 6f.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

12

(11)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:15 York

Tropical Island

8st 12lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

dwelt start, in rear

8/1

1st

3

(6)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 York

Tropical Island

8st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Richard Fahey

All three starts on soft/good to soft; scored at Ripon (5f) on first occasion and went very close in the Hornblower back there (6f) latest; still open to further progress and commands respect with William Buick on board, especially if the ground is on the slow side.

9/4

2nd

8

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Ripon

Tropical Island

9st 3lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

in touch with leaders

11/4

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Plenty to like about his debut third of 12 at Nottingham (6f, good to soft) nine days ago; can improve for a stable with a healthy strike-rate with 2yos here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

(5)

15th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 21y

Class 4

14:20 Windsor

The Coffee Pod

9st 9lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong

13/2

10th

8

(1)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:37 Lingfield (AW)

The Coffee Pod

8st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Richard Hannon

Progressive form in three 6f novices as a 2yo, getting off the mark at York in September (strong form); only tenth in a sales race back at York when last seen but he was prominent for a long way and 7f on soft ground proved too much of a test; should fare better back sprinting.

10/1

Form: 20

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Promise when second on Hamilton debut (6f, good to soft) and perhaps found the run came too soon when well beaten in a Glorious Goodwood maiden 11 days later.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

5

(6)

25th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 7y

Class 4

14:55 Hamilton

Union Island

9st 4lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Thrice-raced colt who has strong 6f form, having finished second to useful rival (subsequently Group placed) here on debut and fourth in the Hornblower at Ripon most recently (race working out nicely); shapes as if this drop to 5f will suit on nursery debut; respected.

5/1

4th

7

(7)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Ripon

Union Island

9st 4lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent, led narrowly after 2f

7/1

11th

14

(3)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:15 Goodwood

Union Island

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Johnston

9-1 and outsider of the four runners when splitting experienced opposition at Hamilton (6f; good to soft), having been headed in the final 100 yards; this is much deeper but that was a promising start, and the yard's 2yos are on a high after Saturday's Group-race success at Ascot.

4/1

OUR TIP

7/2

Form: 15

Last run: 70 days

W: 9st 8lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Made a winning start in four-runner Musselburgh novice (5f, good; 8-13) in May, surging clear to win by 9l; could manage only 3l fifth of six in Beverley conditions event (5f, good to firm) the following month but given time since and his yard's 2yos continue in excellent form.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

18th

1

(12)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:05 Newmarket

Cuban Slide

9st 1lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: K R Burke

Wide-margin win at Musselburgh (5f, good) on debut but in a weak race and limitations have apparently been exposed since; seventh of 15 in one of these valuable 6f sale races on penultimate start, when trying cheekpieces, easily the best of last three runs; now tries a visor but has lots to find.

50/1

7th

6

(4)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

17:20 Doncaster

Cuban Slide

8st 12lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

raced centre, prominent

10/1

7th

3

(8)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Newmarket (July)

Cuban Slide

9st 3lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: K R Burke

Scored by wide margin at Musselburgh (5f, good) on debut, albeit in a weak race; limitations have been somewhat exposed in two runs since; first-time headgear needs to prompt better form.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

34,000gns half-brother to 5f AW winner Katelli (RPR 67); dam 5f/6f winner (including AW; 72); will need to be useful to win this on debut.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

7

(3)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:18 Bath

Bills Baar

8st 6lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Irish 2,000 Guineas entry looks ambitious; improved to win a Ripon maiden (6f, good) in September; soundly beaten next time but good second of six at Doncaster (7f, heavy) in another nursery when last seen; not sure to get 1m on pedigree but he's the only one who has proved himself on heavy going.

6/1

2nd

6

(4)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

13:35 Doncaster

Bills Baar

8st 7lb

J: Jimmy Quinn

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Looked progressive when winning Ripon maiden (6f, good) last month; however, he was a soundly beaten fifth of six on nursery debut at Ayr (6f, good to soft) last time and needs a much bigger performance today.

16/1

Form: 621 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Has advanced his RPR with each start, shading a tight finish in 6f Newcastle novice (AW debut) 16 days ago; more will be needed if he's to follow up here, though.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

10

(9)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newcastle (AW)

Im Spartacus

8st 2lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Richard Fahey

Stayed on well to win a C&D nursery in October (windy night and he was advantaged by being held up); mixed bag since then and he'll need a clear personal best to take this from out of the weights.

33/1

4th

6

(6)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Im Spartacus

8st 10lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

slowly away, raced in last, kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders

10/1

3rd

1

(6)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 5

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Im Spartacus

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Richard Fahey

Dual winner over 6f at Newcastle, coming from the rear under Ryan Sexton when scoring off 5lb lower in October; bumped at the start when only seventh of eight there next time; needs to bounce back but it's possible and he's more persuasive than many.

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

The first foal of a fairly useful 6f 2yo/1m winner (RPR 84); yard 2-38 with 2yos this year; best watched on debut unless the betting strongly hints otherwise.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

7

(10)

7th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Haydock

Frankie Valliance

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: David Loughnane

prominent

50/1

8th

5

(4)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Ripon

Frankie Valliance

9st 4lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David Loughnane

dwelt start

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £84.00
Straight Forecast £78.70
Trifecta £202.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Tropical Island

SPOTLIGHT:

Government Call

The Times:

The Coffee Pod

POSTDATA:

Union Island

The Guardian:

The Coffee Pod

Daily Mirror:

The Coffee Pod

Daily Mail:

Tropical Island

D Express:

Tropical Island

The Sun:

Tropical Island

Telegraph:

Government Call

The Star:

Government Call

Daily Record:

Government Call