Ripon stage biggest meet of the season

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There is loads of racing coming up in Yorkshire starting with’ Ladies Evening’ at Catterick on Friday, where attendees at the fashion shows receive a free glass of fizz and there are great prizes for the best dressed Lady.

Ripon’s most valuable race of the season, The William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes, takes pride of place on a top class card on Saturday. This will be the richest raceday ever staged at Ripon with £135,000 of prize money up for grabs.

A significant new addition is the running of the Silver Trophy, a consolation race for horses eliminated from the big race. This should give punters a great clue as to the effect of the draw with regard to the big race.

Last year the first three home were all drawn high, so maybe will again prove significant. Wetherby-trained Singeur ran a great trial winning over the course recently, staying on well to suggest the extra furlong on Saturday would not be a problem. He only runs if give in the ground so Our Jonathan is also suggested. His trainer, Robin Bastiman, also runs Novalist at Pontefract on Sunday trying to win a race sponsored by the horse’s owners. Thirsk stage their popular Family Day on Monday starting at 2pm. The world’s highest rated horse, Frankel, will make hi only trip to Yorkshire next Wednesday for the Juddmonte Stakes at York. Get along there so you can tell your grandkids you saw the equine version of Usain Bolt in the flesh. Finally, Mount Athos and Strong Suit are fancied to win the two big races at Newbury.

Garlick’s Goodies: Mount Athos Sat Newbury 2:30pm; Strong Suit Sat Newbury 3:05pm; Singeur Sat Ripon 3:30pm; Novalist Sun Pontefract 5:15pm.