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Wildcitydiva
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Livia The Empress probably sets the standard in this Class 6 handicap, having run sound enough races to get within 4l of the winner in her last eight runnings, but it might be that her mark needs to come down another pound or two to help her get her head in front. Wildcitydiva’s novice form, on the other hand, makes her look well treated off a rating of just 52. She chased home horses rated between 74 and 88 on her final start last term over a mile at Redcar, looking in need of a slight step up in trip. First time out this term, 1m6f looked too far, but down to 1m4f at Beverley on her latest start looked more suitable, challenging the eventual winner until fading in the final furlong. Down in trip and the handicap once again, she could get off the mark here.


Alpine Mistral
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Benadalid showed chunks of improvement to win handsomely over course and distance last time, but he’s only backed up one of his seven previous wins with another, so might be worth taking on at the likely dividend. Alpine Mistral has been disappointing in two runs so far this season, but did take a couple of outings for things to click last term, before going on a great run, winning four and finishing second once in his next six outings. If the two efforts in 2021 have simply been to bring him on gradually he could have more to come off a 6lb higher mark than his final victory of 2020. Soft ground will suit, and he’s a player at a price.


My Best Friend
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This is a very different set of circumstances than those David O’Meara’s filly made her reappearance in, which shout see her acquit herself better. Having been up with the pace of the 7f contest at Redcar, looking as though she was going to fight out the finish entering the final furlong, she folded tamely to finish last of nine. Whether it was the quick ground, the extra furlong or that she needed the run, none of those factors are in play this time. Back at 6f, on soft ground, with a visor back on, she arrives here facing the same conditions as when winning at Hamilton last term, digging deep to stretch out to a 1½l success. If the filly from that day turns up here, she could threaten the two market principles.


Moorbik
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A winter on his back, and a step up in trip saw William Haggas’ colt make a marked improvement from his debut when scoring at Yarmouth in April. With plenty of decent winners in his family he’s bred to be useful and he looked just that when stringing the field out that day. The form looks solid enough, with the third, beaten nearly 5l, winning next time out, while the horse beaten 16l in fifth was in the frame in a handicap off a mark of 65 on his subsequent start. Moorbik carries a 7lb penalty here, which means he’ll probably need to step up again, but there’s no doubt he sets the standard here. Night Terror is the likeliest challenger, having run with promise over this trip on soft ground at Thirsk on debut.


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Leg 1
Atomic Lady
Torshi
Leg 2
Wildcitydiva
Leg 3
Jean Baptiste
Leg 4
Benadalid
Alpine Mistral
Leg 5
Tommy Tittlemouse
Mybestfriend
Leg 6
Moorbik

About Ripon Racecourse

Nicknamed “the Garden”, Ripon is based in North Yorkshire where racing has been ongoing since 1664. Ripon was the location for the first ever race that included female jockeys in 1723. It was voted the 'Best Small Racecourse in the North' by the Racegoers' Club in 2003.

It is a very sharp right-handed oval shape with undulations on the straight which make positioning of horses key to winning races here. The Listed Ripon Champion Two Year Olds Trophy is the highlight of the calendar, which takes place in August.


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