Sunday 18 May 2014

5.10 Ripon – Barry Taylor Memorial Handicap

I’m hoping the drop to five furlongs won’t inconvenience ADAM’S ALE too much at Ripon today. He doesn’t look an out and out five furlong sprinter, but he seems to have a number of crucial elements in his favour, to warrant a bet.

First of all Paul Midgley’s inmate seems to be in decent form and his three runs this campaign have all improved. This is encouraging given he’s been competitive off higher marks in the past and he now looks to be running into form again.

Adam Ale’s prominent style of racing is very much suited to Ripon’s speed test, too, and with him drawing stall seven of 12, not too far away from the favoured stands rail, he looks ready for an early attack. Ideally we’d like to have been drawn even closer to the rail, but it’s encouraging two of the five horses inside him can be slow away, meaning his stall looks that bit better. It’s also a positive that the five-year-old looks to be in better form than the remaining three competitors inside him.

Furthermore, the son of Ishiguru’s course form at Ripon, without winning, is also a positive to take given it’s a course that can find out the most experienced of sprinters. The one potential negative is the drop back in trip, but hopefully with him being in form and Paul Mulrennan’s aggressive style he can overcome that.

Advice

1.5pts each-way ADAM’S ALE @9/2 (general)

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