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17 Aug 2019

William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap (Class 2)

Delighted to be back from a bit of an extended summer break. With so much growth in the ENIGMA racehorse share syndicates, summer has actually become a good time reign it in, before the yearling sales season starts up again this weekend.

The Great St Wilfrid handicap has always been a favourite of mine, especially when there’s a bit of cut underfoot as it rules out so many while ruling in those with the relevant course form.

The perfect profile for this race is runners aged 4 to 7, with 1 to 3 previous course wins. So great is the advantage of winning course form, just applying this criteria to any 3yo+ or 4yo+ class 2 sprint run at Ripon since 2003 produces a blind profit of +£43 from 166 qualifiers.

Having narrowed the field, and with soft ground firmly in mind, the one I like is Mark Johnston’s LAKE VOLTA who has a great deal going for him.

Two of his best three career runs have come on soft, including over 6fl at Hamilton just 3 starts back. He’s since run at Ascot, a course where he never runs well, and faced an impossible task in the Stewards’ Cup.

He tends to be ridden to the fore which is ideal for this track and his Ripon course form over 6fl reads 3rd, 1st (3rd was in Listed company). His central draw also looks realistic, with low to middle draws usually favoured, especially in these conditions.

A few firms have put their head above the parapet, offering 6 places which looks particularly attractive.

Good luck!

3.15 Ripon, Lake Volta 1pt EW 9/1, 6x1/5 (Hills, Paddy)

Herbie authors the Key Racing Gold thread on the ENIGMA Forum - check the performance at: www.enigmaracing.net/performance

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Ripon - Yorkshire's garden racecourse hosts the Great St Wilfrid handicap


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