Easterby fancies Barren Brook's chances at Ripon
LOCAL trainers have dominated the City of Ripon Stakes (4.15) over the last decade, and Mick Easterby is confident of continuing that record with Barren Brook.
Yorkshire-based trainers have won seven of the last ten runnings of the 1m 2f handicap, and only the Jim Goldie-trained Full Toss can prevent them adding to that record, with the other nine runners all hailing from Yorkshire stables.
Barren Brook may be without a victory since July 2011, but Easterby thinks the six-year-old has a decent chance, and said: "I think he'll run a good race and I fancy him. He's been pleasing at home."
St Moritz, who finished down the field in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood on his last start, is favourite for the in-form David O'Meara, and is one of four course and distance winners in the field.
As well as Ripon there are Flat fixtures at Epsom and Southwell. Sedgefield stages a jumps meeting, and there is a mixed card in Ireland at Ballinrobe.
Today's key pointers
Richard Hughes is noted for riding two-year-olds particularly well, so it may pay to heed the fact he's 3-4 since 2008, showing a small profit, on ones having their fourth start. His mount A Childs Dream in the 2.15 at Epsom makes obvious appeal.
Alba King's record in handicaps at Sedgefield over distances short of 2m4f reads 1121. Look for him to bounce back to form in the 6.25.
Davy Russell has a 4-7 record on chasers at Ballinrobe in the last three seasons and has two booked rides in that sphere today, Far Away So Close in the 7.05 and Claragh Native in the 7.35.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Ballinrobe: yielding (Flat), good (chase)
Sedgefield: good to firm, good in places