Our first Saturday meeting saw another great days racing with our At The Races & RiponBET sponsored Raceday.
The day was successful day with some great action, we also had At The Races with us on the day filming for an exclusive Ripon Feature
Race One – 1.50 pm – The Get Set Bet With RiponBET Maiden Auction Fillies Stakes ( Class 5 )
The opening race was a 5f sprint for 2yo maiden fillies, returning Tim Easterby Fillie Ventura Mist caught the eye in the paddock with in-form trainer Richard Fahey’s Woodland Girl making movements on the exchanges. In the end it was the other Middleham Park Racing owned Fillie that took the prize money home with Lexington Rose under Royston Ffrench winning by 1 1/2 lengths, with the owners not only receiving a £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus but a BOBIS breeders incentive bonus.
Winning margins – 1 1/2 l, 1 3/4 l & 1 3/4 l – Time 1 min 2.07 seconds.
Race Two – 2.20 pm – The Attheraces.com William Buick Exclusive Blog Handicap Stakes ( Class 3 )
The second race of the day was a competitive £15,000 race courtesy of At The Races over a mile. The whisper around the course was all about the Ruth Carr trained ‘Dubai Dynamo’ after winning over C&D last season, however it was the David O’Meara trained ‘Tea for Tea’ who went clear by 3 and 3/4 lengths to Richard Fahey trained Lord Aeryn by a shoulder.
Winning margins -3 3/4, Shd, 1/2l – Time 1 min 42.02 seconds.
Race Three – 2.55pm – The AT THE RACES Handicap Stakes ( Class 2 )
The main feature race of the day saw the return of the ever popular 2m stayers race for 4yo+, with a total prize fund of £25,000 the race saw some highly rated horses take the Class 2 contest. The race was mainly dominated by the Alan Swinbank trained Lady Kashaan who found a footing on the inside rail, however it was beaten by a neck one of two Alan King trained horses. The by Galileo gelding ‘Ardlui’ under Neil Callan pulling off a great finish.
Winning margins – Nk, 1/2 l & 1l- Time 3 min 36.74 seconds.
Race Four – 3.30pm The RiponBET Yankee Selling Stakes ( Class 6 )
The 1m1f sellings stakes was another close contest with the Bernard Llewellyn trained ‘Idyllic Star’ & the Tony Carroll trained ‘Shearian’, Graham Lee took the spoils on Shearian to add to his ever progressive tally since taking to the flat.
Winning margins – 1l, 3l & 1/2l – Time 2 min 8.21 seconds.
Race Five – 4.05pm – The RiponBET Patent Conditions Stakes ( Class 3 )
The 1m4f content for 4yo+ saw Graham Lee continue his fine run of form with a win on Ed Dunlop trained Voodoo Prince, the gelding owned by Lord Derby was challenged in the final furlong by Alan Swinbank trained Northside Prince under Robert Winston.
Winning margins -1l, 1/2l & 1 1/4l – Time 2 min 39.09 seconds.
Race Six – 4.40pm – The RiponBET Place6 Handicap Stakes ( Class 4 )
The 5f contest for 3yo saw young jockey Harry Bentley snatch it on the line from Conor Harrison on Angus Og fro Mrs K. Burke, the close contest saw the Qatar Racing Limited Owned ‘The Art of Racing’ win his second attempt for new yard and trainer Olly Stevens. Fittingly the stable lass looking after the horse was named Sarah Rippon, with Olly specifically picking Sarah as he thought she would be good luck. Wise decision Olly!
Winning margins – Hd, 3/4l & 1/2l – Time 1 min 1.33 seconds.
Race Seven – 5.15pm – The RiponBET Forecast Maiden Stakes ( Class 5 )
The 7th race on the card saw one of the most memorable reactions from an owner we have seen here at Ripon. The winning connections of our winner ‘Havana Cooler’ trained by Luca Cumani under Kieren Fallon were unaware of the Racing Post Yearling Bonus Scheme, never mind the fact that their horse had just won one of their eligible races. They were extremely stunned when we handed them the cheque for £10,000!! What a way to end such a great days racing!