SOCIALLY SHADY (1.10) was no match for a couple of much higher-rated rivals on handicap debut but is dropped into calmer waters on a return trip to Ripon.
Karl Burke's gelding showed promise in a couple of novice events last season before his handicap bow here last month in a race won by the Hugo Palmer-trained Eastern Sheriff. Today's contest is pretty average and with Ben Curtis booked, this is an ideal opportunity for Socially Shady to step up to the plate in first-time cheek-pieces. He should be a shorter price in my book.
FRANKELIO (2.40) missed his engagement at Pontefract yesterday and has been re-directed to Ripon to contest what appears a more difficult handicap.
The Newbury card doesn't really appeal and I'm happy to keep some big betting guns in reserve for Thursday's 10-race York card featuring the Dante Stakes.
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