The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: War Brigade, (1500 Ripon), 1pt win, 5/2:
Looked a winner waiting to happen when an excellent second at Goodwood earlier this season. Hasn’t managed to follow up on that promise in two subsequent runs, but hasn’t run too badly, and today’s course, trip and going all look set to suit ideally. If he bounces back to that Goodwood effort then he should be able to land the spoils today.
Muscika, (1530 Ripon), 3/1: has been second in three of his last 5 runs, suggesting the handicapper just about has his measure. That said, his last run when 2nd of 15 at York may have been his best yet, and on that effort he can be expected to win here. Has a nice draw and a useful apprentice claiming off a valuable 3lbs. Ripon legend Pipers Note looks the biggest danger , but he could be left too wide from stall 1.
Kenny The Captain, (1815 Carlisle), 13/2: veteran who has been a long time waiting on another win. That said his form here in handicaps is 221314, and his recent dry spell has seen him drop to a very low rating with signs the last twice at Hamilton that the floor has been reached and revival is imminent. If there is to be a revival it will be at this track and he looks attractively priced in a race where few are in great form.
Ghayyar, (1915 Carlisle), 11/2: another with a strong back catalogue at the idiosyncratic Cumbrian venue, with lifetime form here of 1332. Has only gone up 1lb for that latest course second behind a horse who has won again since, and finishing in front of other subsequent winners. Gets the help of the excellent Rachel Richardson in the saddle and should go close for a yard back at full wattage after a dull start to the season.
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