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I'm not sure what happened with Flyawaydream up at Ayr, it was too bad to be true. Two of the main threats in the market were NRs, thus making my selection an odds-on shot. He ran like a 20/1 shot, off the bridle a few furlongs into the race and when turning for home he was in big trouble. Luke Morris probably gave him too much to do, but it didn't make a difference as he was going nowhere fast.
They decided to stay stands side, well most of them did, at Windsor for the big sprint and it looked to be the wrong place to be. I said in the preview that I thought they would go to the far side as that's the place to go when soft ground is at Windsor, and it proved to be the best place. Antiphon stuck to the near rail and ran a scorcher to grab a place at 20/1 advised. Painful that didn't make a profit on the day with the Mark Prescott stinker costing it big time.
Ripon 7:40 – Fantizzy 11/1 (0.5pt EW William Hill)
Steph Hollinshead won't be a familiar name to most racing fans, but she is a good operator with the small amount she has and when she sends her runners to Ripon, they are worth a second look. She sends two to Ripon on Tuesday night and I think Fantizzy is the one to have a bet on.
Fantizzy is making her stable debut for Steph after being transferred from Tom Dascombe's yard and I think she can make a winning debut for the new stable. The ground will likely remain as soft, which won't be great for many of her opposition in the race today, but we already know that she handles soft ground based on her 2nd placed effort at Nottingham on seasonal reappearance this year. She has pretty much run to form since that race, recording RPRs of 75 and 76, but she was put in the deep end into a Listed race the time after Nottingham which suggests they do think she has a decent amount of ability to eventually get black-type. On paper, t her most recent run at Haydock looks bang average but the front two have improved no end since, with the winner improving 19lbs and the runner-up by 20lbs, she wasn't given a hard time when she secured fourth spot that day, but she was starting to run on again so the extra half furlong on the testing ground looks sure to suit.
Steph is 4/10 when sending her horses to Ripon in the last 10 years, recording a profit of +£21.85 to £1 level stakes.
Ripon - 7:40 pm