PLENTY of interesting racing on a very busy Thursday and the Ripon card can prove a money-spinner.
REGAL MIRAGE (5.10) followed up his clear-cut Hamilton success with an excellent effort in better company at York, running fifth to the two market principals Reverend Jacobs and Zeelander. The handicapper has dropped him a pound which must have come as a pleasant surprise to in-form trainer Tim Easterby.
Swansway should run a lot better than he did when fancied at Doncaster last time when trailblazing tactics were employed rather strangely. He ran well over course and distance last summer when coming with a late run.
GURKHA FRIEND (3.40) can continue his love affair with the Yorkshire track, despite incurring an 8lb rise for a comfortable course success last month. He was third in this race 12 months ago off a slightly higher mark, so is not handicapped out of things.
Dawaaleeb is up 7lb for his emphatic Beverley success and should provide the main threat.
GLOBAL ART (2.40) and Juneau look the two to concentrate on in the extended 1m 1f handicap.
Global Art’s fifth to Gododdin at Nottingham came in slightly better class and Ed Dunlop saddled a couple of winners earlier in the week.
Juneau is a typically tough Mark Johnston filly and she had to dig very deep to maintain her advantage to the line at Bath on very slick ground.
At Carlisle this evening, MY GIRL MAISIE (9.20) can go one better than at Haydock last time when cut down by Dashing Poet. Richard Guest’s filly is a dual winner at Musselburgh, so is very much at home on a right-handed track.
Angel Acclaim’s fourth to Lady In Question is solid form, with runner-up Yeah Baby Yeah going in next time out.
MUTADAFFEQ (7.15) led over a furlong out but was unable to contain Theglasgowarrior and Jabbaar at Hamilton. He should be thereabouts once again.
MYSTICAL MAC (7.45) is given a sterner stamina test on his first handicap start. His fifth to Pontefract was quite an eye-catching run as winner Three Saints Bay is rated 89. Mystical Mac has been handed an initial mark of 59 which may underestimate his ability.
- Ripon 5.10 – Regal Mirage (9-4, bet365)
- Ripon 3.40 – Gurkha Friend (2-1, bet365)
- Ripon 2.40 – Global Art (100-30, bet365)
- Carlisle 9.20 – My Girl Maisie (9-2, Paddy Power, bet365)
- Carlisle 7.15 – Mutadaffeq (9-4, bet365)
- Carlisle 7.45 – Mystical Mac (7-1, bet365)
Johnb's Thursday Tips
- Yarmouth 1:50 – Beachwalk 5-2
- Haydock 3:30 – Quayside 17-2 ew 1/5 odds 3 places
- Carlisle 6:05 – Illusions 13-2 ew 1/5 odds 3 places
- Leopardstown 7:25 – Marshall Jennings 7-2 NAP/NB (double stake)