Databank: Your essential guide to Saturday’s action with top tips, best race for favourites, race of the day, jockey to follow and trainer target
- Danny Tudhope’s strong book of rides include Summerghand and Prepschool
- Jockey Faye McManoman has a shot a grabbing her biggest career win at Ripon
The Great St Wilfrid Handicap takes centre stage at Ripon with jockeys Connor Beasley and Danny Tudhope seeking a fourth triumph.
Jockey Faye McManoman has a shot a grabbing her biggest career win with Lakota Blue in the track’s most valuable race.
Tudhope also has strong rides with Prepschool (1.35) and Government Call (2.10).
While at Newmarket, trainer Richard Hannon runs Crocus Time in a two-year-old nursery he has won three times.
Below is the essential guide to Saturday’s action.
Danny Tudhope’s strong book of rides at Ripon include Summerghand and Prepschool
RACE OF THE DAY
THE GREAT ST WILFRID (Ripon, 3.15), one of the signature sprint handicaps of the season, is named after Ripon’s patron saint and is the track’s most valuable race with a first prize of just over £50,000.
Jockeys Connor Beasley and Danny Tudhope have won it three times while the most successful current trainers are David O’Meara and Tim Easterby with three wins each. Five favourites have won in the last 10 years. One three-year-old has won in the last 10 years when six victors were aged five.
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
With the prestigious York Ebor meeting around the corner, DANNY TUDHOPE has hit form at the right time with seven wins from 23 rides in the last week.
Only colleague David Allen has ridden more winners at Ripon in the last five years and Tudhope’s strong book of rides at the track include Summerghand (3.15) in the feature Great St Wilfrid Handicap, Prepschool (1.35) and Government Call (2.10)
TRAINER TO FOLLOW
The Ebor meeting is also big for Yorkshire-born trainer WILLIAM HAGGAS and his best chances include Relief Rally in Thursday’s Lowther Stakes. His yard is operating at a 25 per cent strike rate and his Highland Spring (Newbury, 4.05), promising on his Salisbury debut and entered in the Group Two Champagne Stakes and Royal Lodge Stakes, is fancied to triumph.
BIG DAY FOR
Jockey Faye McManoman has a shot a grabbing her biggest career win with Lakota Blue (Ripon, 3.15) in the Great St Wilfrid off the back off a decent second place effort at Glorious Goodwood earlier this month.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
An eyecatching drop in class for talented miler CHINDIT (Newbury, 3.35), named after the Second World War special operations unit of the British and Indian army which carried out daring raids on Japanese forces in the Burma campaign.
Richard Hannon runs Crocus Time in a two-year-old nursery he has won three times
WATCH OUT FOR
ARRAY (Newmarket, 2.35) would probably have lined up in next week’s Gimcrack Stakes at York had he not been beaten by a short head at Glorious Goodwood. There will be long faces in the Andrew Balding stable if this Middle Park Stakes entry gets turned over again.
HORSES FOR COURSES
FORTAMOUR (2.40) loves racing at Ripon. Ben Haslam’s gelding has run 12 times at the track, winning three times and finishing second and third twice. He is well handicapped on his best form and should go close in the Silver Trophy.
Richard Hannon runs CROCUS TIME (Newmarket, 3.10) in a two-year-old nursery he has won three times — 2015, 2018, 2022 — in the last 10 years.
Rising star Billy Loughnane has only had three rides for trainer Hughie Morrison but two of them have won to show a £1 level stake profit of +£18.00. The pair join forces with BEGGARMAN (Bath, 7.40)
BEST RACE FOR FAVOURITES
Five favourites have won the 1.50 at Newbury and 3.15 at Ripon in the last 10 years.
TOP PRIZEMONEY EARNERS
Newbury: 3.00 ACCIDENTAL AGENT — £754,560
Newmarket: 2.05 MUSIC SOCIETY — £150,928
Ripon: 3.15 SUMMERGHAND — £532,645
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