Saturday’s TV Tips: Back last year’s Great St Wilfrid winner for repeat success

Ripon Racecourse

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1.45 Newbury

It is probably best to focus on the unbeaten duo BAYSIDE BOY and Seattle King in this Listed contest, with preference for Roger Varian’s colt. The 200,000gns purchase is bred to be smart and his course and distance debut last month did little to dispel that idea, as he had little difficulty brushing aside the odds-on runner-up Find who had already shown some useful form.


2.00 Newmarket

GOOLWA can come out on top in this valuable fillies’ handicap. She was 33-1 when opening her account at Kempton in May but has shown that was no fluke with three solid subsequent efforts, most recently back at the Sunbury venue when she added a second success. She finished strongly over 1m4f that day and this new trip can help her overcome a higher handicap mark.


2.35 Newmarket

DEVIL’S ANGEL is better known for his all-weather exploits but he showed that turf is no barrier to success over this course and distance last time out. The five-year-old had work to do after a slow start but he scythed through the pack and beat off Theotherside despite hanging under pressure. That rival won next time out so a 3lb rise looks fair.


2.55 Newbury

ARATUS got off the mark in good style at Kempton last November and again looked a tremendous prospect at Doncaster last month, eventually crossing the line more than 7l clear. He produced quite a good time there and could be underestimated by the mark of 94 allotted for this first handicap.


3.10 Ripon

GABRIAL THE DEVIL won’t get into the Great St Wilfrid but he has a great chance in the consolation. The six-year-old added a seventh career success at Chester in June and is much better than a subsequent fifth suggests, because he was denied a clear run. Richard Fahey’s gelding goes on all sorts of ground and has scored off this mark before.


3.45 Ripon

STAXTON has every chance of winning the Great St Wilfrid for the second year in succession. He was never headed when winning this 12 months ago and showed that this course and distance suit ideally with another win on his comeback in April.
Soft ground wasn’t ideal at Goodwood last time out but he has slipped 1lb as a consequence and you can guarantee that connections have had this target on their radar for some time.


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