GRANDEE (7.55) has been found an easier task than usual in the five-runner 1m 6f handicap at Ripon.
He resumed from the enforced break with a fine show at Newmarket in early June when third to in-form Holy Kingdom and more recently ran fifth to Heart Of Soul at Hamilton. Course form is a huge asset at Ripon and Grandee was twice placed at the ‘garden racecourse’ earlier in his career.
THE TRADER (7.25) likes to bowl along at the head of affairs but may not get his own way up front, with fellow pacemaker Groveman lining up along with useful Al Muffrih. However, The Trader is a class act on his day, as proven by an all-the-way success at Newmarket last month. His more recent third to Deja in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock was another sterling effort and he was just touched off by in-form Southern Rock here last summer.
BOTTOM BAY (2.25) may benefit for the fitting of a tongue-tie in the mile handicap at Beverley. Michael Bell’s three-year-old has the services of 3lb claimer Cieren Fallon and won’t need to improve much on his two placed efforts at Newcastle and Windsor to take a hand. Course winner Le Chiffre followed up in the Hamilton mud but a 7lb rise is fairly steep.
The 1m 4f handicap has attracted some modest horses but LUCK ON SUNDAY (4.10) at least has scope for improvement. This will be her third career start, and the first in handicap company, and John Quinn’s daughter of Galileo stayed on nicely behind a couple of highly-rated southern raiders over ten furlongs at Pontefract.
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