Timeform Shortlist: Ripon, Wednesday May 30

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There is Flat racing from Ripon on Wednesday

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"The return to calmer waters is a good move and he’s well worth another chance."

Timeform on Department of War

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6.35 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (5) 5f

Timeform Top Rated
92p 1. ROCKIN ROY Archie Watson Edward Greatrex
80 4. MARK'S CHOICE Ruth Carr James Sullivan
77 2. GINGERSDUNTHELOT David Loughnane Rossa Ryan (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
Rockin Roy wasn't extended to make a winning debut at Beverley 3 weeks ago and is capable of following up under a penalty. Smile A Mile looked all at sea starting out at Newcastle, but the weight of support behind him that day has to be significant, so he may do much better this time.

7.05 Eura Audit UK Handicap (5) 1m

Timeform Top Rated
87 1. WEELLAN David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope
83 4. HANDSOME BOB Keith Dalgleish Silvestre De Sousa
82 10. KENMARE RIVER Jedd O'Keeffe Jack Garritty

Analyst's Verdict:
Weellan put in another excellent shift from the front when finding only a big improver too good at Carlisle a week ago and he seems sure to go well from the same mark from a reasonable draw. Handsome Bob and Gabrials Centurion have top jockeys taking over from apprentice riders and are feared most.

7.40 Ripon Farm Services Handicap (4) 6f

Timeform Top Rated
102 3. HARROGATE James Bethell Andrea Atzeni
101 9. CUPPACOCO Ann Duffield Franny Norton
99p 1. AL BARG Richard Hannon Sean Levey

Analyst's Verdict:
Al Barg improved for the fitting of blinkers when resuming winning ways at Doncaster 11 days ago and he gets the nod in the hope the headgear has the desired effect once more. Easy Thirsk winner Harrogate and Militia rate the likeliest dangers.

8.10 Directors Cup Handicap (3) 6f

Timeform Top Rated
114 7. SANDRA'S SECRET Les Eyre Silvestre De Sousa
113 4. INTENSE ROMANCE Michael Dods Callum Rodriguez (3)
112 10. HENLEY Tracy Waggott Barry McHugh

Analyst's Verdict:
Last year's winner Pipers Note could be set for a return to form and a seventh course success might be imminent. Sandra's Secret is penalised for her victory here a fortnight ago but that was a career best and she's likely to go well again. Intense Romance is also considered.

8.40 Ripon Races Supports Racing Welfare Handicap (5) 2m

Timeform Top Rated
90 1. NORTHWEST FRONTIER Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
89 5. FITZWILLY Mick Channon Silvestre De Sousa
88 2. STORMIN TOM Tim Easterby Rachel Richardson (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Northwest Frontier put it altogether upped to this trip in re-fitted blinkers when storming home at Nottingham last week, and will be hard to beat if in the same form under a penalty. Stormin Tom and Wishing Well are previous winners of this race and have to be respected.

9.10 mintbet.com Home of Refreshing Odds Confined Novice Stakes (5) 1¼m190y

Timeform Top Rated
91p 3. DEPARTMENT OF WAR Richard Hannon Sean Levey
87p 5. TENEDOS Hugo Palmer Josephine Gordon
85p 4. M C MULDOON Peter Chapple-Hyam Jack Mitchell

Analyst's Verdict:
A ready winner on debut, Department of War found the going tough behind a hardened pair at listed level at Newmarket 11 days ago, albeit ultimately spared a hard race. The return to calmer waters is a good move and he's well worth another chance. Fellow debutant winners M C Muldoon and Tenedos are promising in their own right.

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