YORKSHIRE trainer Tim Easterby has been a good friend to punters through the summer and he should be among the winners at Ripon courtesy of MIKMAK (3.30) and AASHEQ (4.05)
The former ran at Ripon 12 days ago and found only revitalised Thomas Cranmer just too strong close home. Aasheq rather set up the race for bang-in-form Rainbow Rebel when cutting out the donkey work at Chester last Friday. The gelding remains in top form and can defy a 4lb rise.
Easterby also saddles last year’s winner Mukhayyam with an obvious chance but the track was riding soft 12 months ago. He finished behind Aasheq at Chester in May but is a massive 18lb better off. It could be significant David Allan sticks with my selection.
Roger Fell’s consistent AD LIBITUM (5.15) took an age to wear down the Simon Crisford-trained Eyecatcher over course and distance but there was an 18 lengths gap back to a fancied third horse which suggests the form is solid. There should be a solid gallop with confirmed frontrunner Multellie going to post.
At Haydock this evening BERLUSKA (7.30) should go well at his favourite track. He hacked up over course and distance in June and has since produced two fine placed efforts off his new mark here. Josh Bryan takes off 3lb.