Lexington Place bids to go one better in special race for Carr
David Chapman Memorial Handicap | 5f | ATR
She's already enjoying her best ever season but success on Monday afternoon would really make it the year of years for Ruth Carr.
Her total of 47 winners is already a personal record and she would dearly love to make it 48 by finally landing the race named after her grandfather.
She trains at the Stillington yard where David Chapman trained prolific sprinters such as Soba, Chaplins Club, Glencroft and Quito down the years, but the closest she has come to winning his race was when Lexington Place finished second two years ago.
The same horse was tenth last year and has a third crack at the race, having landed the 11th win of his career at Pontefract two runs ago.
"We've not won this race before but we keep trying," Carr said. "It would be a good day if we did win it.
"He's a bit in and out but as he's got older he thinks about the job a bit more so he'll need everything to go right, but hopefully it will. It did at Pontefract and we blamed the ground last time at Carlisle.
"He handles Ripon fine, he was second in this two years ago and fingers crossed it will be third time lucky."
Silvanus seeks win number three
Silvanus was the one who denied Lexington Place two years ago and bids for a third success in a race he also landed in 2014.
Trainer Paul Midgley said: "He ran well at Chester from a poor draw and though we try not to run him back so quickly he's in such good form and he likes Ripon."
Stablemate Tarboosh has won three of his last five starts this summer and Midgley said: "He's been excellent in the last couple of months and I think a lot of him. He won't run if the ground is too quick but if it's okay I think he's still climbing the handicap."
But the trainer is less than optimistic for Olivia Fallow and said: "She's been very disappointing all year – she seems in good form at home but she's seemed that way for a long time and hasn't been delivering."
Back to his best
Excessable won twice over this course and distance and has come right back to form for Tim Easterby this season.
The four-year-old was gaining his third victory of the season when scoring at York in July.
Topweight Aleef was a 6f winner at Newmarket last October but has not run since finishing second at Chelmsford the following month.
Trainer David O'Meara said: "He was due to run at Epsom the other day and he got loose, but he seems well, we're happy with him."
Course staff up for award
Ripon could be set to land a victory of its own as its groundstaff have been shortlisted for the John Deere Grounds Team of the Year award, along with Nottingham and Sandown.
Head groundsman Carl Tonks said: "Our team is truly honoured to be shortlisted this year and it's worthy praise to the dedication of all the staff involved here at Ripon."
The winner will be announced at the Institute Of Groundsmanship awards dinner at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on November 1.