Great St Wilfred C2 6F Handicap Ripon August 13th 2016
Weds. 9th August 12noon
As cavalry charges go this one is right up with the best. Ripon is a unique track with its undulations (“more than your average BMX course”!) that doesn’t suit every horse, they will split into two groups on either rail with nothing coming up the middle and this prize is much sought after by Northern trainers.
None more so than #FantasticMrFahey but as you can see from his entries below he hasn’t got a Don’t Touch in here this year! Indeed his senior sprinters are running poorly, probably paying for last season’s success with the handicapper slow to relent.
071880 Alben Star 14 8 Richard Fahey 100 85 100
556153 Nuno Tristan 14 4 Richard Fahey 94 93 100
70480 Tatlisu 21 6 Richard Fahey 94 67 100
6-0680 George Bowen 28 4 Richard Fahey 93 94 104
09020 Grandad´s World 14 4 Richard Fahey 87 85 93
0-1803 Khelman 44 6 Richard Fahey 85 77 91
020800 Patrick 21 4 Richard Fahey 86 76 86
I would expect Alben Star, Nuno Tristan, Tatlisu and George Bowen all to run in the main event, because they can, with the other three in the Consolation.
Betting Weds. Aug. 9th 11/1 Nuno Tristan (WH), 14/1 Alben Star (General), 20/1 George Bowen (BetFred, WH). 20/1 Tatlisu (General).
ALBEN STAR OR100 The 8yo has been a grand servant for the yard but hasn’t won on Turf for four years! Run twice over C&D finishing 7th and 8th, indeed 5/1F for this race in 2012. Just can’t see him troubling the judge.
GEORGE BOWEN OR93 Previewing the season I wrote “Hugely likeable 6F sprinter who went from winning a C3 handicap at Wolverhampton off 85 to running second in the Ayr Silver Cup off 96, winning at Newmarket and the Curragh on the way. The Ayr Gold Cup would seem a logical target and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him tried over further. He appreciates Soft ground and I expect him to land a C2 handicap pot and possibly a Listed race and even Group level towards the end of the season.”
Just hasn’t had his conditions this season, a couple of duff draws, a few traffic issues, but has come down 6lbs in the process. Connections will be praying for a wet Ayr, possibly the Silver Cup and anything else they can get when the rain comes!!
NUNO TRISTAN OR94 Along with Growl he has been a useful addition to the #FantasticMrFahey sprinting squad. Both bought astutely for Dr K at last season’s Horses in Training Sales. As in form as any in the yard, winning at Redcar over 7F, fifth in the 7F C2 International at Ascot and a running on third in the Stewards Cup Consolation at Goodwood back at 6F. First look at Ripon off a career high mark is a big ask and I’m not sure Good to Firm ground brings out the best of him, especially over 6F. I expect Tony Hamilton to choose him.
TATLISU OR94 It will be no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I have been waiting for THIS horse in THIS race! He has run third in this race for the past two years, he’s never run a bad race at Ripon, he is currently three pounds below his last winning mark and this is his time of the year.
TATLISU is a two star** each way ANTE Post selection @ 20/1 (General).
On Thursday lunchtime I will go in again if he gets in, has a single figure draw and especially if Adam MacNamara is on board taking off another 5lbs. Drawn close to Kimberella, Related or both would be a bonus.
Stats up to 2015. (Don’t Touch was a freak 3yo 2016 winner)
Winners have been aged four (4), five (3), six (2) and seven.
Winners have carried between 8-7 and 9-6.
Winners have been rated between 80 and 100 with nine between 92 and 100 (including the last nine).
Winners have been priced between 7/2 and 20/1 with eight returned between 7/2 and 16/1.
Three favourites have been successful with a further two placed.
Winners have been drawn between 2 and 17 with nine between 2 and 12.
Five winners have been placed on their previous start with one successful.
Six winners had won a race during the current season.
Nine winners had won a race with a field size of at least 14.
Three winners ran in the Stewards’ Cup and three in the Sky Bet Dash at York.
David O’Meara has trained three of the last five winners while David Nicholls has trained two winners.