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Saturday, April 28, 2007


THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY

RIPON, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007

3:40pm £20,000 totesport.com Handicap, 2m

GOING: GOOD



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1) 10/3-5 SHABERNAK Michael Bell 8-9-11 NON-RUNNER

2) 1410-1 HALLA SAN Richard Fahey 5-9-09 Paul Hanagan
Progressive profile, dual scorer over a mile and a half last year and facile victor on reappearance at Catterick on April 4 when trying 14 furlongs for the first time. Open to plenty of improvement over staying distances, versatile as regards ground and looks to hold strong claims despite going up 15lb in the ratings. Has yet to try two miles but should stay. Worth opposing at this price. BP= 3/1

3) 1110-6 MACORVILLE George Moore 4-9-03 Kevin Darley
Rattled off a quick-fire hat-trick last season with wins at Ripon, Haydock and Hamilton, stepping up in trip for each success, from 10 to 13 furlongs before disappointing on final outing in valuable 12-furlong Ascot handicap. However, all those wins were gained on ground with plenty of give, and below-par comeback effort here in a conditions race on April 19 suggests that this surface is likely to be too lively. BP= 20/1

4) 85351- ESCAYOLA Grant Tuer 7-9-00b Mark Lawson (3)
Thorough stayer, formerly with William Haggas, whose best from last term included a close sixth to Toldo in the Northumberland Plate, also scoring twice at Musselburgh (once over hurdles). Sedgefield hurdle victory earlier this month will have blown away the cobwebs and he could still be progressive. Terrific value each-way. BP= 14/1

5) 90831- DR SHARP Tom Tate 7-9-03 Adrian Nicholls
Capable performer on his day, as evidenced by excellent third to Detroit City in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket and subsequent success over two miles at same track in October. Finished last in this event last year, however, and others may be sharper today after the winter off. BP= 25/1

6) 15/07- DOUBLE DEPUTY John Quinn 6-8-10v NON-RUNNER

7) 2338-6 HELVETIO Micky Hammond 5-8-10 Paul Mulrennan
Ran in Irish Derby for Dermot Weld as a three-year-old, finishing sixth behind Hurricane Run, and spent 2006 in France with Alan de Royer-Dupre, failing to win but posting some decent placed efforts. Hurdling debut for current handler was decent enough (third at Wetherby in March) but dismal effort when tailed off on Kempton’s Polytrack earlier this month and cannot be fancied after that run. BP= 40/1

8) 350-84 TRANCE David Barron 7-8-09 Paul Fessey
Reliable customer who ran well when staying-on fourth over two miles at Newbury seven days ago. Trip and ground ideal but not the most prolific winner and a place looks best he can hope for. BP= 12/1

9) 44/21- RAUCOUS Tom Tate 4-8-06 Micky Fenton
Very lightly-raced four-year-old who got off the mark on final outing here last term over 12 furlongs in August, 2006. Open to improvement and looks the type who could make up into a useful stayer but inexperience is a negative in a race this competitive and will need to resume in top form to hold any chance after a long lay-off. BP= 8/1

10) 22095- BURNTOAKBOY Dr Richard Newland 9-8-01 Duran Fentiman (5)
Ex-Irish, mostly campaigned over hurdles, who has been rejuvenated by current trainer, very impressive when taking the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival last month. Decent effort when seventh at Aintree last time and he could be very well handicapped though he might prefer slightly easier ground. Worth opposing at this price. BP= 2/1

11) 3440-3 GEE DEE NEN Mark Tompkins 4-8-03 Jimmy Quinn
Consistent form last year but proved hard to win with, sole success as a juvenile in soft ground maiden over a mile. Sixth on hurdling bow when last seen out in March and has plenty to find in this company. BP= 22/1

12) 2231-6 BOLLIN DEREK Tim Easterby 4-8-02 Dale Gibson
Progressed with step up in trip last season, scoring four times, including at Ripon on heavy ground when defeating Juniper Girl by 13 lengths over 12 furlongs. Comeback sixth over inadequate trip on the all-weather at Southwell last month not without promise, and returned to stamina test on turf, looks set for a good run. BP= 10/1


SUMMARY

A fascinating handicap with ESCAYOLA terrific each-way value.


GOOD LUCK


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