Ripon Saturday Preview - 17/08/19

13:30 - King's Caper

The first runner of the day is Mark Johnston's King's Caper in the Class 4 Novice Stakes over a mile and this juvenile looks the most experienced in the field.

In his three starts the two year old has progressed nicely getting better with each run. He finished fourth on debut at Sandown in a maiden and then he improved massively to finish second in another maiden.

Last time out he got off the mark for the first time at Beverley and should now be better for that taking on new debutants, one to beat.

14:05 - Dalton

The Silver Trophy Handicap is the first big race of the day at Ripon on Saturday and the Class 2 over six furlongs and we have sided with Dalton.

Julie Camacho's five year old looks a very interesting gelding if coming on for his latest run when finishing a strong third over course and distance.

In two starts before that he was less than impressive but he likes heavy ground and with the rain supposed to be falling all the time from now until the race he may get his perfect conditions.

14:40 - Eton College

The Hornblower Condition Stakes sees a small field of runners go to post in the Class 2 contest over six furlongs and Eton College for Mark Johnston looks tough to beat.

The two year old for the majority of the season has been in some smart form with back to back wins at Brighton and Ascot before heading to Goodwood where he was poor.

He looks a class above the rest of the field if getting back to his old form and in this smaller field instead of a big one which was undoing last time out, he should dominate.

15:15 - Lake Volta

We are going Mark Johnston heavy at Ripon but in The William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Stakes over six furlongs Lake Volta is our selection.

This four year old gelding thrives in big fielded events especially on soft ground which he will get and this season he has been in and around the frame on most his starts.

He was a good course and distance winner on this card back in 2017 and now getting his ideal conditions off the back off good ground all year he should be in the mix.

15:50 - Lady Alavesa

The penultimate selection of the day at Ripon see's a Class 4 Handicap and in another small fielded contest we have gone with Michael Herrington's Lady Alavesa to land the spoils.

This four year old filly has been fairly consistent with her runs this year being in and around the frame on her last six events and two starts ago was a good second on soft ground at Ripon.

Cut in the ground will be the cut for this filly going from the all weather to turf for most the season and now back up in trip from her last run can see her go well again.

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