Friday 10th May saw our first evening meeting of the season and it started with a bang! We had our Caribbean Steel Band in the bandstand to set to mood and that was accompanied by 6 thrilling races.
Race One – 5.50 pm – The SIS Live Maiden Stakes ( Class 2 )
The first contest was a 1m2f race for 3 & 4yo, the class 6 race saw a pretty even fight for the finish from David Barron’s Sleepy Haven and Micky Hammond’s Her Nibs. The two horses kicked on with 2f to go but it was Sleepy Haven who was clear by a shoulder. The horse was not sold with the bidding opening at £3000 with no takers. Middleham trainer Patrick Holmes’s Lil Sophella ran a good race to finish 3rd and will no doubt come good over her next few runs.
Winning margins – Shd, 3l,Hd – Time 2 min 8.38 seconds.
Race Two – 6.20 pm – The SIS Early Morning Product Maiden Auction Stakes ( Class 5 )
Our second race saw 5 runner race over 5f taken by the outsider. John Quinn trained Dotesy went in at 13/f after a impressing on his first two runs, however it was the Tony Coyle trained Rosebay Coral who tipped Dotesy on the line by a neck for Barry McHugh
Winning margins -Nk, 1l, 1/2l – Time 1 min 0.86 seconds.
Race Three – 6.55pm – The SIS First For Latin American Racing Handicap ( Class 4 )
The 3rd race on our card saw two Ripon Regulars battle it out in an trilling race, The Ruth Carr trained ‘Klynch’ had ran a decent race at our opening meeting on the 18th April. ‘Fast Shot’ for Tim Easterby came into the race early on as did Dick Bos, but ‘Klynch’ kicked on and won by a clear length and a half.
Winning margins – 1 1/2, 3/4l & 2l – Time 1 min 11.59 seconds.
Race Four – 7.30pm The SIS International Handicap ( Class 3 )
Our forth race was a 1m2f contest which was again dominated by our North Yorkshire trainers. However it was the top class duo of David O’Meara and Daniel Tuphope who added to their ever growing record here at Ripon with the main feature race of the day. ‘Awake My Soul’ was threatened late on in the race by the David Barron trained ‘Muffin Mclay’ & Philip Kirbys ‘Next Edition’ but it Awake My Soul kicked on to win by a length.
Winning margins – 1l, 3l & 1/2l – Time 2 min 8.21 seconds.
Race Five – 4.05pm – The SIS Virtual Betting Channel Maiden Stakes ( Class 5 )
With Philip Makin stuck in traffic on the way back from Chester, Amy Ryan stepped in for father Kevin Ryan on ‘Rapscallion Deep’. The ride turned out to be a lucky move for last years top apprentice as she crossed the line a length past Tim Easterby’s ‘Annie Gough’ , with the 150/1 shot ‘Lady Calantha’ running a grand race for trainer and owner Alan Berry to finish a decent third.
Winning margins -1l, 2 1/2l & nk – Time 2 min 39.09 seconds.
Race Six – 4.40pm – The SIS Serving International Bookmakers Handicap ( Class 5 )
Our final race was a stayers race over 2m, With Philip Makin now on course to take the ride for Karen McLintock aboard ‘Mason Hindmarsh’. The race looked to be over before it had started with apprentice jockey Eva Moscrop kicking on with a 3 length lead. However after mistaking the finishing line for the 1 furlong post she starting to pull back before realising her mistake! Phillp Makin kicked on as did Michael O’Connell on Zaplimation. It was a close finish with ‘Mason Hindmarsh’ coming home first.
Jockey ‘Eva Moscrop’ recieved a 10 day ban following the incident.
Winning margins – shd, nk, nk – Time 3 min 41.45 seconds.