Monday, 29 August 2011

4:10 Ripon (29th August) - Result

4:10 Ripon

The Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy 2011 (Listed Race) over 6f  on soft ground.

A competitive field and a number of talented juveniles but one horse stands out - Redact. This son of Strategic Prince is a big, strong bay colt who has progressed with racing. It is understandable connections were tempted to go for the Weatherby's Super Sprint such is its worth. That 5f was much too short but the way he clawed back the ground at the finish was quite astonishing. After watching that performance, I was left with the impression this horse is a class act. Whether or not he will be ideally suited by soft ground is a question only time can tell. However, he does have quite a pronounced knee action, which suggests he will. Long term, I can see this juvenile being the leading light of Hannon's youngsters for the Middle Park (Group 1).

HCE: ''Disappointing to see Redact all at sea. There will be better to come.'' 

2:15 Newcastle

Warcrown is on a recovery mission after disappointing at Goodwood. This son of Azamour is reputed to be Fahey's best colt, so connections will be going back to the drawing board if losing today. This step up in distance with help although I would have to take a watching brief. An outsider with a fighting chance of a place could be Alan Swinbank's Silver Blaze.

4:30 Warwick

This looks a competitive heat. A number of attractive juveniles racing for their first win. Everlong is held in high regard by the Chapple-Hyam team. She pulled much too hard on debut at Newmarket and certainly needs to settle better today. Cool Hand Luke is a lovely-looking colt with plenty of size and strength. He has been pretty fancied on both starts and Dascombe's stable are very much money orientated. He may need to progress a length or two but could well have place claims. Spoke To Carlo (HCE Dark Horse) ran well on debut at Brighton behind two fair juveniles. Eve Johnson Houghton won this race last year, which gives added heart for a tidy performance. Potentially a fair juvenile. However tempting, this could turn out to be a difficult race to win. There has been money for Alan Bailey's Strictly Silver, who ran in the Convivial at York. He was backed on debut and although beaten a long way it wouldn't be a surprise to see a big run. With the unknown quantity of Saeed bin Suroor's Asifa thrown into the mix it will have to be a watching brief for me.