Ripon Placepot: Sunday May 20

Ryan Moore: Rides Commend in the final leg of today's placepot

Timeform's Joe Szekeres reckons Ripon is the venue most likely to yield a placepot win on Sunday afternoon...

With Ryan Moore booked for the ride, the pair look very likely to be thereabouts in the finale...

14:10 - Hillbilly Boy is a must in the opener given that he has already achieved form well in advance of the standard usually required to win this type of contest. With three places paying, he looks banker material and it would be disappointing if he wasn't to make the frame.

14:40 - Out Of The Blocks is clear Timeform top-rated in the second race on the Ripon card and he looks to be another banker, considered 10 lb superior to his nearest rival. It isn't the strongest field going to post and Out of the Blocks should be capable of finishing in the two.

15:10 - Pearl Blue and Hallelujah are the two to take in the fillies' handicap. The first has demonstrated her liking for today's conditions in the past and any replication of her previous form should see her involved. Hallelujah looks open to progression having had just the two runs and, with the James Fanshawe yard in fair form of late, she is another with a definite chance. The draw looks beneficial to both of our selections and there is always the chance of the possible double-up in this type of contest.

15:40 - Silvery Moon is Timeform top-rated and an obvious starting point for the next race on the card. A second over course and distance should hold him in good stead this afternoon with the form from that contest having worked out particularly well. Vainglory also gets a mention based on his York victory last season in a race where it may pay to side with hold-up performers given the front-running tactics of Con Artist and Dunn'o.

16:10 - Ashiri and Edmaaj both caught the eye last time, the former running well in a Newbury Handicap whilst the latter has performed admirably in two heavy ground handicaps at Pontefract in recent starts. Edmaaj probably still has improvement left in him, having joined David O'Meara in recent starts and he looks the ideal type to land the fifth leg of today's placepot.

16:40 - Commend and Almaas have both produced form above the level required to win a Ripon Maiden and the pair should have the final leg between them this afternoon. Almaas finished second in a Newmarket contest towards the back end of last season and he can go close on his seasonal reappearance despite his trainer's relatively poor recent record. Commend, on the other hand, has had the one run this season and a replication of that form should see him home safely in the three. With Ryan Moore booked for the ride, the pair should be thereabouts in the finale.

Selections:

14:10 - 2
14:40 - 2
15:10 - 2, 6
15:40 - 4, 9
16:10 - 5, 9
16:40 - 1, 4
=16 lines

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