Bets of the Day : The Wee Barra to stand tall at Ripon

The Wee Barra has a big heart
The Wee Barra has a big heart

Alan had a good day yesterday with two winners and today he is looking at Ripon on a busy Bank Holiday card...

"priced at 4/1, I think The Wee Barra is good value to make it back-to-back wins."

14:35 Ripon - The Wee Barra @ 4/1 Sportsbook

14:35 Ripon - The Wee Barra @ 4/1 Sportsbook

It has taken a while for Kevin Ryan's filly to get her head in front but I am hoping that now The Wee Barra has finally found out what to do she will go in again. The filly would not accept defeat in her last race at Carlisle, she showed great character when after taking the lead she was headed in the final furlong but she battled back and managed to hit the front whenn it mattered for her first victory.

Bahamian Desert is the one they all have to beat, the David O'Meara horse continues to improve and won his third race of the year at Musselburgh last time out, but he has now gone up 22lbs since entering handicap races, with an extra 6lb penalty today and at some point that weight has to take effect.

The Wee Barra only got a 2lb increase in the weights for her success at Carlisle, she is at the bottom of the weights for this contest, with the application of the cheekpieces today for the first time and priced at 4/1, I think she is good value to make it back-to-back wins.


16:20 Ripon - Balducci @ 4.57/2 in the PLACE market on the Exchange

While David O'Meara might miss out to The Wee Barra in the 14:35 he runs Balducci in the £20k race, off what looks an attractive mark of 90 and I think he can finish in the frame.

The eight year old lost his way towards the back end of last season following a creditable third at York at the Ebor meeting off a 7lb higher mark than today with a host of decent handicappers behind. He should appreciate the drop in class and could well dictate the race from the front on a course which tends to suit those racing up with the pace. At the prices available I think he is worth taking a chance on.

There are question marks over a couple of the market leaders, joint top weight Instant Attraction has been in great form this season but the four-year-old's most recent run at Chester suggests that the handicapper may eventually have caught up with him. Sir Michael Stoute runs Quick Defence, who was seventh in Royal Ascot's Britannia Stakes back in June and was expected to improve on that running at Newmarket but failed to do so.


Recommended Bets
Back The Wee Barra @ 4/1 Sportsbook - 14:35 Ripon
Back Balducci @ 4.57/2 in the PLACE market on the Exchange - 16:20 Ripon

Alan Thompson 2015 P&L (EW .5 pts unless otherwise Specified)

Carried Forward: 5.35 pts

This Week :-

Staked: 9 pts (Including today's selections)

Returned: 9 pts

Overall Profit/Loss: +5:35 pts

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