14:50 Ripon

The Great St Wilfrid is a decent pot with over £51000 to the winner, and while it’s a competitive handicap, this year it didn’t attract the usual numbers and the consolation race had to be scaped, so it just might be a little easier to win it this year.

The favourite, Blackrod, has won some big handicaps and likes Newmarket, so Ripon’s undulations should suit, but he is creeping up the handicap and has to run off 99, and he may well end up running into a place without winning.

Summerghand is the class dropper, he was progressive a few seasons back and won big sprint handicaps and looks dangerously well handicapped now off a reduced mark of 98. He won’t be far away either.

However, the one I like is the progressive four-year-old SNASH who has won twice this year after being dropped back to 6F, including a win over today’s course and distance. 

Snash was heavily backed into favourite for his latest victory and won cosily off 87 and the 3lb rise shouldn’t be enough to stop him. 

He looks to be an improved sort and is well suited to a 6F sprint, with the ability to quicken, so the 10/1 available looks generous and I recommend 1 point each way.

15:00 Newbury

There don’t look to be any particularly progressive types in this 7F Newbury handicap.

I respect the chances of the favourite, Gisburn, who is unexposed at the trip and improved last time out to finish a good second over Goodwood’s 7F, but he isn’t the most consistent sort, and this super galloping flat Newbury track is a completely different test to Goodwood. 

With the majority of others uninspiring, I think it will be worth chancing DOCUMENTING who is a 7F specialist and has been running well in big field handicaps this year, including last timeout where he finished a close 5th of 21 at Ascot, only going down by 1.75 lengths.

The nine-year-old gelding is holding his form well and remains on the same mark as his Ascot run. This is far less competitive and with the excellent Jack Mitchell in the saddle, who knows him well we can expect a rock solid run from him.

Documenting is versatile regarding track position; ideally, he gets a lead, but he has made it in the past so if no-one wants to go on he could nick it from the front.

It looks a good opportunity for Documenting to add to his tally of eight wins and at odds of 10/1 and I recommend 1 point each way.