PAY the Piper in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon (3.15).
PIPERS NOTE loves it at the Yorkshire track and is only 4lb higher in the weights than when winning over course and distance in June.
He followed that up off a higher mark when winning a real dogfight at Doncaster again over this distance, which seems to be his best.
After a solid effort at Haydock, he was dropped back to the minimum trip by trainer Ruth Carr.
He continued to hold his form well and might have won a big Ascot handicap but for being hampered at a crucial stage.
Over 5f you can’t really recover from that and it was a great effort to finish third.
The seven-year-old was sent back to the Queen’s track to run in last Saturday’s Shergar Cup.
Again he was tasked with 5f and jockey Neil Callan had him right up with the pace in a race where the placed runners all came from behind.
Despite the dodgy tactics he still ran well in fourth and looks well worth a tilt at this big prize.
Shanghai Glory comes here on the back of an excellent fifth in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood 14 days ago.
He might have finished closer but for traffic problems and he clearly likes a bit of cut in the ground so keep an eye on the weather.
Growl was well backed for that race and finished one place ahead of Shanghai Glory.
He was another hard-luck story as he lost a shoe during the contest and he should be right on the premises from the same mark.
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RACECARDS AND RESULTS
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VICENZO COCCOTTI looks overpriced in Newmarket’s grey horse extravaganza at 2.10.
From daft novelty race, this contest has evolved into … a daft novelty race. But the bookies pay the same odds for a winner and this five-year-old has strong place claims at least.
He hasn’t been running badly but came right back to his best form when a close-up third in good company at Newbury last time out.
That was over his favoured 6f like today and the handicapper has given him every chance by leaving his mark unchanged.
Dark Power comes into the race looking for a hat-trick of wins after scooting in at Nottingham and then Leicester last time out.
Those wins were both over 6f but he looks capable of staying further and that will be an asset for the uphill finish.
? Steve Mullen’s star bet ?
By Steve Mullen
3.15 Ripon – Pipers Note: ‘Loves this track and is holding his form well so should be right there’ (add to your betslip)
ULTIMATE AVENUE finished like a train at Newmarket last time and looks hard to beat in the 2.45 there today.
That was an impressive effort considering he was coming back from a break. It looked like a winning run too before he had to be switched around his rivals, losing momentum.
It took a couple of strides to get going again and that was the half-length difference between first and third.
This looks his best distance and, with few miles on the clock, there should be more improvement to come of 3lb higher in the weights.
Dakota Gold looks the main danger after winning with a bit left in the tank at York last time out.
That was the latest in a run of excellent form that saw him win at Thirsk and finish a close second at Redcar.
The handicapper is doing his best to get to grips with him but a 6lb rise that that Knavesmire effort gives him every chance of following up.
1.55 Dark Forest
2.30 Stream Song
3.40 Soie D’Leau
4.10 Johnny Barnes
5.20 Sir Jack
1.20 Warp Factor
1.50 Hey Gaman
3.00 Sun Lover
4.05 Gold Star
2.10 Vincenzo Coccotti
2.45 Ultimate Avenue
3.20 Rebel Streak
4.30 Sofia’s Rock
5.40 Robin Weathers
2.05 Guvenor’s Choice
2.40 Magical Effect
3.15 Pipers Note
3.50 Lake Volta
4.25 Lucy’s Law
5.00 Just Hiss
5.35 Fire Leopard
2.00 Coolmeen Hill
3.10 Flying Eagle
3.45 Dear Sire
4.15 Solway Dandy
5.25 Secret Escape
4.55 Dove Mountain
6.00 Whos De Baby
6.30 Kapgarde King
7.00 Lord Ben
7.30 Waltz Darling
8.00 Charlie Papa Lima
5.10 Harlequin Rose
6.10 In First Place
7.10 Swing Out Sister
8.10 The Secrets Out