Ripon Betting Tips
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Prepschool shaped as if in need of the experience when sixth on debut at Ascot last month and he duly stepped up on that when runner-up at Epsom a couple of weeks ago, losing out by just a neck. Prepschool ought to be well suited by this step up to a mile from seven furlongs and he should still have more to offer after only a couple of starts.
Government Call showed promise when runner-up on his debut at Newbury last month and he built on that to get off the mark at Sandown last week, scoring by a neck despite still looking a bit rough around the edges. That cosy success was achieved over five furlongs but Government Call will be suited by stepping back up to six furlongs here and he remains open to further improvement. He can defy a 4 lb penalty for his Sandown success.
Holbache shaped much better than the bare result would suggest when seventh on his reappearance at York last month, looking likely to finish in the frame until a lack of a recent outing seemingly told and he faded inside the final half-furlong. Holbache ran out a wide-margin winner on his final start last season, forging five and a half lengths clear at Kempton, and his York effort suggests that he has returned in decent heart this term. He is worth chancing with the benefit of that York effort under his belt.
Summerghand hasn’t been at the top of his game this season but he took a step back in the right direction when fourth in a strong handicap at York last month that is working out really well (the winner, Aberama Gold, followed up in the Stewards’ Cup and the runner-up, Manila Scouse, has won both subsequent starts). Summerghand is able to race off the same mark here which is 5 lb lower than when winning the Ayr Gold Cup last season and it’s worth noting that he has made the frame in two previous editions of the Great St Wilfrid, including last year when he was fourth overall but first home on the far side.
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Challet is on a long losing run of 14 that stretches back to September 2021 but he was only beaten half a length in second at York last month and then shaped as if still in good form when fourth at Thirsk last time. Challet did a bit too much too soon at Thirsk, while he may also have been feeling the effects of his big effort only eight days earlier, and he is worth another chance off a mark that is 5 lb lower than his last winning one. He’s a dual course-and-distance winner so clearly handles these undulations well.
Premiership has been in excellent order this season and made it three wins from four starts when scoring at Yarmouth earlier this month on his first outing for Michael Wigham (was previously with Tracy Waggott). He disappointed on his only previous start at beyond a mile but shapes as though he should stay a mile and a quarter, and he looks up to defying a 4 lb rise in the weights.
Blue Antares disappointed at Yarmouth last week but he had an excuse as he was ridden prominently in a strongly-run race that suited those who came from further back. He had been in good form prior to that, finishing runner-up on his two previous outings including over this course and distance, and he remains on a competitive mark if he can bounce back from his latest effort.
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