April 18 / 16.17 Ripon

16.17

Heavy

Armstrong Memorial Handicap

  • Prize money: £7215.6
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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Armstrong Memorial Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 049-65 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
His last four wins have come over C&D, the latest off 2lb higher last September; should win more races but this one might prove too competitive.
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4th

2

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Fortamour

9st 9lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Ben Haslam

towards rear

3/1

4th

2

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Fortamour

9st 9lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Ben Haslam

towards rear

3/1

1st

9

(5)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Fortamour

9st 4lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Ben Haslam

His last four wins have come over C&D, the latest off 2lb higher last September; should win more races but this one might prove too competitive.

10/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 8-3652 D BF

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Backed on his return to turf at Thirsk (5f, heavy) last week and just missed out, going down by a short-head with the first two pulling 6l clear of the third; his head went up in the air under pressure there and it looked one that got away but he's 4lb well in and he's run well at Ripon before.
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5th

5

(4)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Illusionist

9st 5lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

in touch with leaders, headway over 1f out, switched left and keeping on when not clear run inside final furlong, no impression when short of room inside final 110yds

11/4

5th

5

(4)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Illusionist

9st 5lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

in touch with leaders, headway over 1f out, switched left and keeping on when not clear run inside final furlong, no impression when short of room inside final 110yds

11/4

1st

7

(1)

28th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 4

16:05 Wetherby

Illusionist

9st 2lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

in touch with leaders on inner, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out final 110yds, won going away

7/2

12/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 30664- D

Last run: 173 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Neither trip nor ground will be an issue and he has run well at this track before too; now a 9yo and may come on for this first start since October.
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11th

18

(2)

17th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:45 York

Danzan

9st 4lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

9yo who has won just one of his last 18 races but often runs well in defeat, as when close third of 15 at Thirsk (6f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; should be fine back up in trip and back on better ground; each-way claims.

8/1

13/2

Form: 10000- CD

Last run: 166 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Won this race 12 months ago off a 4lb lower mark, switched to the far side and making most of the running; added another two wins later in the summer but his form dipped in the autumn, albeit in some warm races; hasn't had the benefit of a run this year but won fresh in 2022 and he'll have the option to make a beeline for the far rail from stall 1; wouldn't read too much into his two defeats on heavy ground (late in the year and over 7f); claims.
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4th

1

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Bay Breeze

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won this race 12 months ago off a 4lb lower mark, switched to the far side and making most of the running; added another two wins later in the summer but his form dipped in the autumn, albeit in some warm races; hasn't had the benefit of a run this year but won fresh in 2022 and he'll have the option to make a beeline for the far rail from stall 1; wouldn't read too much into his two defeats on heavy ground (late in the year and over 7f); claims.

13/2

4th

1

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Bay Breeze

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won this race 12 months ago off a 4lb lower mark, switched to the far side and making most of the running; added another two wins later in the summer but his form dipped in the autumn, albeit in some warm races; hasn't had the benefit of a run this year but won fresh in 2022 and he'll have the option to make a beeline for the far rail from stall 1; wouldn't read too much into his two defeats on heavy ground (late in the year and over 7f); claims.

13/2

Form: 92-745

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Won his first two starts for Alice Haynes as a 2yo; no win since then but he appeared to retain ability in four 7f runs for Brian Toomey this winter; handles good to soft but any slower is an unknown; return to sprinting looks a good move; betting instructive.
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12th

12

(2)

8th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 1y

Class 3

16:45 Chester

Remarkable Force

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

took keen hold, midfield on inner

8/1

14/1

Form: 83-110 D BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Won two AW handicaps (6f and 7f) this winter but he got hit hard for the second of them and he was well beaten off this mark at Southwell last month; something to prove on slow ground.
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9th

10

(14)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Grant Wood

9st 3lb

J: David Nolan

T: Paul Midgley

held up in rear, going okay but waiting for room over 2f out, soon switched right and not clear run, hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no telling impression

20/1

Form: 459-14 CD BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Ran away with a C&D handicap last July (soft) and created a positive impression at Doncaster on her reappearance last month (5f, soft); not so good at Bath 11 days ago though and others appeal more in this field.
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5th

8

(3)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Ripon

Thornaby Pearl

9st 6lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Adrian Nicholls

in touch with leaders on far side of group

12/1

5th

8

(3)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Ripon

Thornaby Pearl

9st 6lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Adrian Nicholls

in touch with leaders on far side of group

12/1

7th

11

(3)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Thornaby Pearl

9st 2lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Ran away with a C&D handicap last July (soft) and created a positive impression at Doncaster on her reappearance last month (5f, soft); not so good at Bath 11 days ago though and others appeal more in this field.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10738-

Last run: 201 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Multiple 5f winner for David O'Meara and she handles testing ground well; unplaced in all six runs over this trip though and best watched on stable debut (sold for 13,000gns last October).
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7th

2

(6)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 4

14:55 Nottingham

May Blossom

9st 11lb

J: Tom Kiely-Marshall

T: Julie Camacho

in rear but in touch with leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon no impression, not pace to challenge

25/1

7th

2

(6)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 4

14:55 Nottingham

May Blossom

9st 11lb

J: Tom Kiely-Marshall

T: Julie Camacho

in rear but in touch with leaders

25/1

8th

2

(12)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

May Blossom

9st 10lb

J: Tom Kiely-Marshall

T: Julie Camacho

Multiple 5f winner for David O'Meara and she handles testing ground well; unplaced in all six runs over this trip though and best watched on stable debut (sold for 13,000gns last October).

33/1

Form: 554-47 C

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Five-time turf winner, the latest of them over 5f here last summer off 2lb higher; 6f on heavy ground might just stretch her stamina.
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10th

2

(1)

14th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Beverley

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

Handles most ground and she's gone close in two of her three C&D starts, but neither of her turf starts (on heavy; has handled the surface) this year have matched up, with and without cheekpieces (back on today); reservations for now.

14/1

10th

2

(1)

14th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Beverley

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

Handles most ground and she's gone close in two of her three C&D starts, but neither of her turf starts (on heavy; has handled the surface) this year have matched up, with and without cheekpieces (back on today); reservations for now.

14/1

9th

10

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 4lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

Five-time turf winner, the latest of them over 5f here last summer off 2lb higher; 6f on heavy ground might just stretch her stamina.

14/1

Form: 00356- D

Last run: 244 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
His 2yo win came on fast ground but he did run well on soft last summer; down in the weights but stable may have stronger claims elsewhere.
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4th

7

(6)

20th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 4

19:30 Carlisle

Braveheart Boy

9st 3lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

6f novice winner; 0-12 in handicaps and has proved inconsistent; not the most solid option but is well treated on best efforts; ran encouragingly on latest start.

10/1

4th

7

(6)

20th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 4

19:30 Carlisle

Braveheart Boy

9st 3lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

6f novice winner; 0-12 in handicaps and has proved inconsistent; not the most solid option but is well treated on best efforts; ran encouragingly on latest start.

10/1

6th

16

(9)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Braveheart Boy

8st 8lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

towards rear

33/1

8/1

Form: -71355 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Won two 6f AW handicaps this winter; not at best at Wolverhampton (7f) a fortnight ago; promise on heavy ground last year; each-way shout.
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4th

4

(5)

17th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

18:40 Hamilton

Rock Opera

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Course winner who arrives in good nick, not best drawn when 11th in 6f Ripon handicap 29 days ago; he can't be discounted for his in-form yard.

13/2

4th

4

(5)

17th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

18:40 Hamilton

Rock Opera

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in touch with leaders, bit short of room over 1f out, no extra inside final 110yds

13/2

11th

6

(4)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Rock Opera

9st 7lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Won two 6f AW handicaps this winter; not at best at Wolverhampton (7f) a fortnight ago; promise on heavy ground last year; each-way shout.

8/1

Form: 04445- D

Last run: 178 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
On a losing run but he's tumbled down the weights and he looked to retain a fair level of ability last year; sold for 21,000gns in October and given a wind op; handles bad ground well and he's a fascinating contender dropped back in trip on his first run for Ruth Carr; has often worn cheekpieces but they're absent today.
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4th

5

(4)

20th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

20:00 Carlisle

Fools Rush In

8st 12lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Far from solid on his two efforts for new yard this year, and losing run is mounting up; very well treated on useful best form but doesn't appear poised to take advantage of reduced mark.

10/1

4th

5

(4)

20th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

20:00 Carlisle

Fools Rush In

8st 12lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Far from solid on his two efforts for new yard this year, and losing run is mounting up; very well treated on useful best form but doesn't appear poised to take advantage of reduced mark.

10/1

9th

11

(4)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Fools Rush In

8st 7lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ruth Carr

Three-time winner at Chester in the summer months; something was possibly amiss (eased) at Ripon on stable/seasonal debut; very well handicapped on peak form but losing run is mounting up.

14/1

Form: 54809- D

Last run: 201 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Useful as a 2yo but he hasn't won since that season; didn't fire in three runs for Ruth Carr last summer; down in the weights but plenty to prove, not least the suitability of the ground; stable also run Fools Rush In.
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Payout
Exacta £31.80
Straight Forecast £28.60
Tricast £337.97
Trifecta £471.40

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Illusionist

THE NORTH:

Fortamour

SPOTLIGHT:

Fools Rush In

Daily Mail:

Bay Breeze

The Sun:

Thornaby Pearl

Telegraph:

Fools Rush In

TOPSPEED:

Illusionist

POSTDATA:

Illusionist

The Guardian:

Illusionist

Daily Mirror:

Illusionist

The Star:

Illusionist

Daily Record:

Illusionist

The Times:

Fortamour

D Express:

Fortamour