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Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap

  • Prize money: £20616
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.20
  • Place: £4.70

Form: 3-6072

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Slowly coming to the boil this season and although no match for the winner at Southwell 17 days ago, it was still a run that offered hope of better; looks to have a found a race chock-full of pace and he needs serious consideration.

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

3rd

5

(4)

11th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Dare To Hope

9st 9lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

prominent, disputing second over 1f out, kept on

5/1

8th

9

(12)

3rd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:05 Newcastle (AW)

Dare To Hope

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in touch with leaders, not clear run and waiting for room from over 1f out, soon lost ground, kept on when in the clear inside final furlong

5/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 217531 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

He's added another four wins (5f-6f, good or quicker; handles slower) to his tally this year, most recently a game success at Newmarket last week (made all over 6f); should give it his all but he's one of a number of front-runners in the field.

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

6th

20

(13)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Abate

8st 8lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Front-runner with multiple wins, including in his first C&D run in October (good); has won on reappearance but seems better for a run or two these days and others look more likely.

12/1

2nd

8

(4)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Abate

8st 13lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

raced centre early

9/1

1st

7

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:25 Newmarket

Abate

9st 11lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Usually leads; has won plenty on good or quicker ground and ran surprisingly well in the mud at Doncaster last week under Mia Nicholls; gave Equiano Springs a fright on the July course during the summer.

10/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 785613

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

All 21 races at 7f/1m but the way he went through the race when third at York last week (7f, good to soft) offered hope that 6f wouldn't be an issue; drying ground would be beneficial.

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

4th

3

(11)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

The Turpinator

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Grant Tuer

Best known as a 7f/1m performer but kept on well for creditable fourth in Class 2 C&D race last month; gave another good account when close third at Wolverhampton (7f) 16 days ago; respected.

8/1

3rd

4

(4)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

14:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

The Turpinator

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Grant Tuer

raced in second, lost second and prominent after 1f, went second again and challenging from over 1f out, no extra final strides

8/1

4th

13

(2)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

The Turpinator

8st 5lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Grant Tuer

Two wins since September, more recently over 7f here 16 days ago; only third off this mark here on Thursday; stiff task at this level.

33/1

Form: 055225 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Completed a tenacious hat-trick on AW in January; the handicapper has held the aces this summer but she's edging back down the weights and she's run creditably in her last three starts; unlikely to get an easy lead but should run her race.

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

4th

10

(4)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 2

15:43 Bath

Glorious Angel

8st 5lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Grant Tuer

Ran as well as could have been expected in Listed company at Doncaster last month and backed that up with a close second at Pontefract on Tuesday (5f, heavy); guaranteed to handle the ground and she should go well.

5/1

2nd

7

(8)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:15 Pontefract

Glorious Angel

8st 10lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Grant Tuer

Often a front-runner; ran as well as she was entitled to in a Listed race at the Lincoln meeting and ought to handle today's ground well.

4/1

OUR TIP

6/1

Form: 774938 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Hasn't managed to win this year but he retains a good portion of his ability and although this is a Class 2 in name, it's effectively a 0-95 which is weaker than he's used to; not beaten far in last week's Ayr Gold Cup; fully effective at this track and were the field to split, he could prove well drawn; considered.

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No / Draw
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13th

14

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Mr Wagyu

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

raced far side, prominent

16/1

5th

2

(2)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Mr Wagyu

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: John Quinn

raced centre early, soon switched sharply left

6/1

8th

18

(21)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Mr Wagyu

9st 3lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Still seeking his first win of the year but he's been a fixture in the top sprints and has performed with credit in many of them; third to Bielsa here in 2021 and close up in fifth last year (off 9lb higher); no obvious reason why he wouldn't go well once again.

12/1

6th
11 (1)
Danzan

14/1

Form: 178230 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Just midfield in the Ayr Silver Cup last week but capable of good form on his day and he ran well in his only visit to this track; one of a number of front-runners but he has the option of heading far side from stall 1.

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

3rd

7

(9)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Danzan

9st 6lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

Neither trip nor ground will be an issue and he has run well at this track before too; now a 9yo and may come on for this first start since October.

12/1

4th

10

(9)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

16:25 Doncaster

Danzan

8st 11lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 1f out, edged right but rallied inside final furlong, went fourth inside final 110yds

20/1

12/1

Form: 500930 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Exposed veteran; rolled back the years to win a 5f handicap here in April off a 2lb higher mark; the odd good run since but likely vulnerable in a race of this nature.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

21

(4)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Hyperfocus

8st 11lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

raced far side, led

25/1

7th

5

(11)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Hyperfocus

9st 6lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

raced near side

12/1

Form: 525521 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Steady progress through the ranks and better than ever the last twice, chasing home a revived sprinter at Thirsk four weeks ago before readily seeing off six rivals back at that track three weeks ago (6f, good; promise on soft); 4lb higher mark to contend with in a deeper field.

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

12th

3

(7)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Brazen Bolt

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

in touch with leaders

12/1

8th

4

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Brazen Bolt

9st 6lb

J: Gianluca Sanna

T: John Quinn

raced centre early

5/1

1st

4

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Thirsk

Brazen Bolt

9st 4lb

J: Gianluca Sanna

T: John Quinn

Still improving at the age of six and he ran another sound race when second of 12 behind a rejuvenated sprinter over C&D eight days ago, travelling notably strongly; yet to win on fast ground but fully effective on it; strong claims.

2/1

10/1

Form: 306115 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Three wins this year, notably a valuable Windsor handicap last month (6f, good to soft); ran okay off this mark at Goodwood five weeks ago but another career best will be needed to come out on top.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

16th

8

(7)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Indian Creak

9st 3lb

J: Nicola Currie

T: Jack Channon

Won three 6f handicaps on ground slower than good; 2lb higher than for the latest of them and he's come on for his reappearance in each of the last two seasons.

33/1

10th

3

(11)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Goodwood

Indian Creak

9st 9lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Jack Channon

prominent

16/1

9th

3

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Indian Creak

9st 7lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Jack Channon

raced near side

10/1

12/1

Form: 1-3700 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Has run well on all Ripon starts, including a win and a second in the Great St Wilfrid; first two runs this year suggested he retained a good chunk of ability but he's been disappointing, albeit in warm races, the last twice; this looks less demanding and with a slow-starter drawn against the rail he should be able to adopt a good early position; wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see him bounce back.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

5

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Dakota Gold

9st 6lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Group class in his pomp; made a bright start to 2023 before his form tailed off in late summer/autumn; conditions won't be an issue on his return and starts the campaign off a lowly mark; well into the veteran stage but a big run would come as no surprise.

12/1

12th

3

(7)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Dakota Gold

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Hasn't won over 5f since 2020 but a multiple winner over the extended 5f and 6f on this course; not far off his best form in first two starts this year, on soft and good ground, but some way from cracking it in three runs since he was back in August from a break; something to prove.

14/1

10th

1

(12)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Dakota Gold

9st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

raced near side

12/1

11th
12 (13)
Origintrail

10/1

Form: 684225 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Two wins last May, including C&D, and she endured two near misses here last month; no improvement for a seventh furlong at Thirsk three weeks ago; a well-run 6f on slow ground should suit her well and likely to be arriving on the scene late.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11th

12

(13)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Origintrail

8st 8lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Ben Haslam

slightly awkward start, raced near side

10/1

5th

3

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:00 Thirsk

Origintrail

9st 7lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Ben Haslam

slightly awkward start, in rear

4/1

2nd

3

(3)

29th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ripon

Origintrail

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ben Haslam

midfield, switched sharply left after 1f, headway 2f out, short of room over 1f out, kept on well and went second when switched right final 110yds

3/1

Form: 230301 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Did well for Ruth Carr in the spring, winning at Redcar and over C&D, and he took his form to the next level when winning a Class 4 over C&D last month on his second start for this yard; creeping up the weights but dangerous to rule out at a track that clearly suits him well.

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Verdict Starting price

12th

6

(8)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Twelfth Knight

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Paul Midgley

raced centre early

6/1

20/1

Form: -12103 D BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Two 6f wins for Kevin Ryan this year; creditable third of seven at Doncaster eight weeks ago (6f, soft; blinkered for the first time, back in cheekpieces today), after which he was sold for £50,000 and gelded; may do better but others look stronger.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8th

6

(1)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Quintus Arrius

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Peter Niven

dwelt start and swerved left start, in touch with leaders, never going well

20/1

13th

10

(10)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Quintus Arrius

8st 12lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Peter Niven

awkward start and slowly into stride

20/1

17

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Quintus Arrius

9st 9lb

T: Peter Niven

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Payout
Exacta £2640.00
Straight Forecast £1943.60
Tricast £12174.40
Trifecta £24309.00

Selections

D Express:

Mr Wagyu

Daily Mail:

Twelfth Knight

Telegraph:

Brazen Bolt

RP RATINGS:

Dakota Gold

The Times:

Quintus Arrius

SPOTLIGHT:

Dare To Hope

TOPSPEED:

Danzan

POSTDATA:

Hyperfocus

Daily Record:

Twelfth Knight

The Guardian:

Brazen Bolt

Daily Mirror:

Mr Wagyu

The Sun:

Mr Wagyu

The Star:

Dakota Gold