Racing: Saturday preview

Horseracing: News, reports and more.
Horseracing: News, reports and more.

It is William Hill Great St Wilfrid afternoon at Ripon and a horse fancied to go well in the feature event is the David Barron-trained Colonel Mak.

The seven-year-old was rated as high as 104 in his pomp a couple of seasons ago, but results have been mixed since.

The veteran sprinter endured a disappointing start to the current campaign, but looked much more like his old self when striking over this course and distance in early June, beating Bear Behind and perhaps most notably Watchable, who has run tremendously in two competitive Ascot handicaps in recent months.

It is interesting Colonel Mak has not been seen in a little over two months, with sprint master Barron perhaps keeping away from faster ground, as well as protecting his handicap mark with this race in mind.

He has his favoured conditions on his return to the garden racecourse and off a mark of 95, he is capable of making his presence felt.

Belardo is the pick of the action at Newbury where he goes in the Denford Stud Stakes.

King Torus has turned his career around superbly since joining Ruth Carr and holds clear claims in Doncaster’s Betfred Bingo Handicap.

The one-time smart juvenile appeared to be going nowhere until joining Carr and he has since struck gold on four occasions, including three times this term.

A tilt at the International Stakes at Ascot last month looked likely to be a bridge too far, but he ran a stormer to finish sixth, showing he remains capable of winning off his current mark.


CHESTER: 2.00 Bizzario, 2.35 Al Ghuwariyah, 3.10 Lincoln, 3.45 Ginzan, 4.20 Enliven, 4.55 The Character, 5.30 Motarised.

DONCASTER: 2.30 Monel, 3.05 Legerity, 3.40 Tap Your Toes, 4.15 King Torus, 4.50 Secret Witness, 5.25 Pleasant Valley, 6.00 The Firm.

LINGFIELD: 5.00 Parisian Pyramid, 5.35 Eager To Bow, 6.05 Winslow, 6.35 Smile For Me, 7.05 Sweetheart Abbey, 7.35 Bush Beauty, 8.05 With Hindsight.

MARKET RASEN: 5.40 Dark Energy, 6.10 Never Never, 6.45 Hollow Penny, 7.15 The Nephew, 7.45 Master Of The Hall, 8.15 Lysino.

NEWBURY: 1.00 Tendu, 1.35 Shafrah, 2.05 Belardo, 2.40 Willing Foe, 3.15 See The Storm, 3.50 Gregorian, 4.25 Amanto.

NEWMARKET: 1.50 Sleepy Dust, 2.20 Serenity Spa, 2.55 Boy In The Bar, 3.25 Subversive, 3.55 Renew, 4.30 Dutch Art Dealer, 5.05 Red Runaway.

PERTH: 3.00 Slaney Star, 3.35 The Chief Villain, 4.05 My Direction, 4.40 Elsafeer, 5.15 Mo Rouge, 5.50 Gold Futures, 6.20 Roc De Prince.

RIPON: 2.15 Thorkhill Star, 2.50 Avon Breeze, 3.30 COLONEL MAK (NAP), 4.00 Jodies Jem, 4.35 Surewecan, 5.10 Patterned, 5.45 Mister Uno.

TRAMORE: 4.10 More Of The Same, 4.45 Taaluf, 5.20 Bogardus, 5.55 Mojito Royale, 6.25 Fire Belt, 6.55 Hangar Five, 7.25 Wood Breizh.

DOUBLE: Colonel Mak and Belardo.