Our resident pundit thinks George Margarson could have a winner at Ripon this afternoon.
Although a multiple winner between the flags, PLAY THE ACE (best price 5-2) looked to benefit from the cheekpiece and tongue-tie combination when scoring in tidy fashion at Stratford last time out and he can follow up providing the same contraptions work for the second time. Always close to the pace at the Midland venue, the son of Scorpion edged to the front early into the final circuit and staying on strongly from that juncture, he kept up a sound gallop to fend off the late challenge of Hepijeu. Likely to be ridden in a similar positive fashion, Peter Bowen’s charge can hopefully lead it out from the front on ground that will suit.
MISS ROSINA (best price 6-1) showed good speed when getting all but eventual winner Savannah Slew on full stretch at Thirsk last time out and is taken to exploit her favourable high draw right next to the stands side fence. Prior to that excellent effort, George Margarson’s inmate had performed with great credit against the likes of Ardad and Mrs Danvers in two strong -run maidens and she doesn’t appear too badly treated off a mark of 70 based on all known evidence.