Steve Ryder has four selections for Saturday's racing.
The Simon & Ed Crisford trained Latest Generation (best priced at 10/1) has always been well regarded by connections and I am hoping a recent gelding operation can result in him fulfilling his potential. The son of Frankel was well beaten by three-time Group 1 winner Hurricane Lane on his reappearance before finishing 2nd in two 1m handicaps at Sandown and Newmarket off marks of 93 and 94.
Latest Generation struggled in both an Ascot handicap (off a 2lb higher mark) and a listed race at Deauville but showed earlier this season that he should be competitive off a mark of 97. He has always been a bit of a handful in the preliminaries and early stages of races so a gelding operation will hopefully do the trick and I expect him to outrun his odds in this race.
Mark’s Choice (best priced at 10/3) is a five-time course winner at Ripon and despite only one of those coming over the minimum trip of 5f, he looks impossible to oppose in this race. The Sam England trained five-year-old has previously won off a mark of 80 in the past so this mark of 79 shouldn’t prove beyond him and he was incredibly unlucky not to win here on his penultimate start off this mark when denied a clear run 1f out before flying home to finish beaten only ¾ length.
Dougie Costello was on board for his victory here earlier this season and I expect Mark’s Choice to bounce back from a below par effort in Ayr Bronze Cup last time.
Despite being drawn lower than ideal in Stall 8, I feel Bell Rock (best priced at 28/1) is still worth backing each way with up to eight places available on the race. The Andrew Balding trained gelding won over this course and distance at the Guineas meeting earlier this season off a mark of 103 and should hold strong claims off a 4lb higher mark. The five-year-old beat Maydanny that day who has won twice since and is now rated 7lb higher so the winner looks well treated off that mark.
Bell Rock finished 2nd in the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock last time behind Artistic Rifles so comes into the race in form and connections have booked talented 3lb claimer William Carver for the ride to ease the burden of carrying top weight in this valuable handicap.
Bell Rock finished 3rd in this race last year off only a 4lb lower mark and I expect him to outrun his odds this year.
The Eve Johnson-Houghton trained Jumby (best priced at 5/2) has looked extremely progressive and this could prove his final start in handicap company before having to go up in class. The son of New Bay has shown good form at Newmarket already this season when chasing home Creative Force (now rated 24lb higher) and Significantly (now rated 9lb higher) on his reappearance before beating Perotto (now 15lb higher) giving him 3lb on his next start.
Jumby bounced back from a couple of below par efforts to finish 3rd behind Great Ambassador on the July course last month when beaten less than two lengths and that rival has since boosted the form by finishing runner-up in the Ayr Gold Cup and is now rated 12lb higher.
Jumby gained a confidence boosting win at Salisbury last time in a three-runner race but that can be upgraded as it was over a steady run 6f and he looked to be crying out for this step up to 7f. Connections have booked William Buick for the ride which is always a positive especially at Newmarket and I expect the favourite to prove hard to beat off a mark of 104