RIO CARIBE ran a blinder at Doncaster when finishing second last Saturday and he can go one better today at the main expense of Orpen Arms and Pinnacle Lad. The selection only found On The Bounty too good last weekend at Doncaster but it was a much improved effort and if he can build on that then he should take plenty of beating. His low draw is not ideal but he does have conditions to suit and the yard are in fair form. Orpen Arms ran well on her debut when she chased home Whozthecat. Declan Carroll thinks his colt Whozthecat is quite useful so the form looks solid enough and she should give our selection a race. Pinnacle Lad was a beaten favourite last time at Ripon so he has a few questions to answer, but this is only his third run and he does appear to be going the right way so it is far too early to be writing him off just yet. Midnight Martini is a well-bred Night Shift filly and she has a good draw so she is one to note in the market on her racecourse bow, while any money for the Mick Easterby-trained Star Ablaze could be interesting. There are plenty in with chances and the vote goes to Rio Caribe.
As Brave As You (IRE) Hawk Wing gelding out of Scanno's Choice.
Camacho Flyer (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Chased winner to halfway, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 17l behind Here Now And Why (9-3) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Mon Brav Sampower Star colt out of Danehill Princess.
My One Weakness (IRE) Bertolini gelding out of Lucina.
Pinnacle Lad (IRE) 9-4fav (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, hd behind Novay Essjay (8-8) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Rio Caribe (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Towards rear, soon chased along, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind On The Bounty (8-11) at Doncaster 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs.
Sir Christie 12-1 (8-13) Outpaced and always behind, last of 9, 16l behind Novay Essjay (8-8) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Star Ablaze Firebreak colt out of Alustar.
Ytartfawn (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Took keen hold in touch, hung left 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 11l behind Star Rover (9-7) at Thirsk 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Apr.
Bubbelas Pastoral Pursuits filly out of Arctic High.
Midnight Martini Night Shift filly out of Shaken And Stirred.
Orpen Arms (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd towards finish, no impression, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Whozthecat (9-3) at Redcar 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) fm.