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16:10 Ayr

Course and Distance winner Aberama Gold was seemingly getting back on track this term when decent efforts at York was followed by a third at Doncaster last month. This was however, followed by a poor run at Pontefract and he is opposed today despite a first time visor.

The lightly raced Quest For Fun was a surprising winner last time out at Thirsk and it looks increasingly like he needed that first run at Haydock and may be open to some further improvement though a 7lb rise for a half length victory will demand more of him today.

The selection here will be Call Me Ginger who seemed to really enjoy the drop in class last time out. That run may be just the confidence booster he needed and he looks a seriously good contender here raised just 2lb for that course and distance success.


18:15 Ripon

Liberation Bay looks to follow her Yarmouth success with another victory here and Jockey Harry Davies negates some of the penalty for that victory here. The ground won’t be as fast here though and that may not suit her as she bids to follow up.

Miss Mai Tai has been tried in better company recently but hasn’t yet delivered enough promise to be confident that she can get involved here today even with the weight she will be receiving from her main two rivals.

Claretina can continue an excellent season for Richard Fahey’s juveniles with a win here. Oisin McSweeney also negates some of her penalty that she takes for beating thirteen rivals at Carlisle when upped in distance and she looks like an above average type for connections that do well with their sprinters and I am taking her to follow up again here today.


20:45 Ripon

The last race on the card sees possibly the best bet on the card. Golden Duke looked like he had plenty left when hitting the line hard at Leicester last time out. He has just a 2lb rise for that success and Faye McManoman keeps the ride here and he looks a very strong bet to take this contest against some very ordinary rivals.

The toughest challenge for the selection may come in the form of Kendred Fire, who seems to be running into some kind of form when second at Redcar last month. He will know his job and is respected though he does have an outside draw to contend with here.

Bicep does have a chance based on his course and distance second in May though he mind himself setting the race up for our selection today. Justjamie is respected for Robert Cowell and Luke Morris having just the four starts but he will need to improve on all known form to get involved today.

GOLDEN DUKE (WIN) written by Tom Bates

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