Race of the Day - 16:35 Ripon
This is a very good looking nine furlong handicap on good ground at Ripon, and it's attracted a quality field.
Mulligatawny hasn't been in the winners enclosure recently, however he has been running well enough and he is at the top of the Speed Ratings.
Sands Chorus has won twice in his last three races including last time out here at Ripon, and his trainer James Given has enjoyed coming here recently. Over the past year he's had four winners (33.33%) and six places (50.00%) from 12 runners, for level stakes profits of 9.00 and 11.43 respectively.
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Sands Chorus shows up really well when the report is on the 'Place' setting, with four sections of green and one of amber. This Footstepsinthesand gelding has been placed in all three starts here at Ripon (winning twice), and nine furlongs looks to be his optimum distance. He has been raised a further three pounds for his win last time out, but looks sure to give another good account of himself.
The rest of the field have just sporadic sections of green, although Magic City is definitely at home on today's ground and was also a winner last time out.
From looking at the Pace report we can see that horses that are held up and those that run in mid division have the best records, with each of those styles having a strike rate of 14.29%. There isn't huge difference between the four running styles however and it is from a limited data set.
Sands Chorus and Beach Bar are confirmed front runners and they have easily the highest pace scores in this field, which means it looks very likely that they will be taking them along through the first few furlongs. They are drawn close to each other as well (stalls nine and seven).
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