DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (2.45) finished runner-up to well-backed Emmaus in the King Richard III Stakes at Leicester a year ago and has prospects of going one better.
The track was riding heavy that day so any significant rain would be welcomed. The opposite is the case for paper favourite Eqtidaar, winner of the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on a slick surface.
SUCELLUS (5.00) should reward a decent wager in the novice stakes later on the card. The colt was an odds-on loser at the hands of Mark Johnston's Living Legend at Kempton at the end of March but this Wolverhampton winner is capable of conceding 7lb all round in what looks an ordinary 1m 2f contest.
CROWNTHORPE (2.20) won the Cock O' The North Handicap at Ripon last April and Richard Fahey has teed him up for a repeat performance on the back of last month's solid fifth in the Irish Lincolnshire at Naas. Any rain would help and stall five is a good draw for each-way backers in a big field.
PIPERS NOTE (2.55) is a real Ripon specialist and he also has each-way claims in the 6f sprint named in his honour. A recent second at Pontefract should have put him cherry-ripe and stall four on the far side could well be the place to be if the rain arrives.
JUST A STING (3.35) is a lightly-raced chaser nestling near the foot of the weights and should go well for Harry Fry in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. Just A Sting scored earlier in the season at Exeter, another tough right-handed track, and went on to chase home Adrien Du Pont at Kempton's big Christmas fixture. I'm prepared to forgive a less exalted effort at Cheltenham last month when the track was riding just too soft and Paddy Power are going six places.
GETAWAY TRUMP (1.50) was such an impressive winner at Ayr's Scottish Grand National meeting that he must be followed in the bet365-sponsored handicap hurdle. The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding let us down badly at Kelso previously but he made hot favourite Galvin look one-paced at Ayr. The opposition is quite strong, headed by Benny's Bridge, but Getaway Trump has clearly run into peak form.
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