Architect Tips continues his daily Tote Placepot tips column with selections for the first six races at Ripon.
Leg 1 Selections: Eagle Eyed Freddie
EAGLE EYED FREDDIE has taken his form to whole new level since returning this year on the back of a wind surgery, winning both his starts on the all-weather and he should prove to be just as effective back on the turf. His sole run at this venue saw him finish fourth in a class five event and he has clearly improved to a large extent since that race. Mick Appleby’s charge remains well-treated off this mark and, with this race likely to be run to suit, he can complete the hat-trick.
Leg 2 Selections: Secret Mistral, Act of Will
SECRET MISTRAL should take some catching over this shorter trip for the first time having shown loads of speed in all of her starts to date over six. She won at Haydock back in May and followed rush up with a good second back at that course next time, in which she pulled well clear of the remainder with the eventual winner.
She did too much too soon at Chester next time but that is good form in the context of this race and, now dropped to the minimum distance, she should go close. ACT OF WILL did remarkably well to only be beaten a neck last time on debut despite everything going wrong for him and could get into the mix over this trip with a lot more to offer.
Leg 3 Selections: Stunt Game
Grey Force One won here two starts ago and unfortunately missed the break at Chester last time but even with a better break, I still don’t think she would have been in front of STUNT GAME who was second. The latter has rattled the crossbar in all three starts but has been strong at the finish each time, including when a staying-on second at Chester last time. He should relish the step up in trip, so he can finally open his account from a good draw in stall six under Ben Curtis.
Leg 4 Selections Coley's Coko, Hot Scoop
COLEY’S COKO is the only course-and-distance winner in the field and while she hasn’t really threatened in recent starts, she is now eight-pounds lower than successful over track and trip last year, which came in a class five. This is a class six and she gets on well with Rowan Scott, so she’s a big player from a handy draw. HOT SCOOP has also become dangerously well-treated and cannot be discounted either.
Leg 5 Selections: Gibside
GIBSIDE opened his account in good style over course-and-distance last month despite having to wait for a gap to appear. He then posted another solid effort at York last time when fourth and is eligible to compete off the exact same mark here. Off bottom-weight, with more to come, he needs consideration in this contest.
Leg 6 Selections: Dungar Glory
This is wide-open, in which a case could easily be made for most of these. DUNGAR GLORY seemed well-suited to the return to positive tactics last time when only beaten by a well-handicapped sort. She competes off the same mark here and shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the drop back in distance, so with Jason Hart maintained to ride, she should make a bold bid from the front.