Idaho takes the spotlight from missing US Army Ranger

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We’ve teamed up with BetVictor and Charlie McCann to preview the day’s racing.

US Army Ranger is a surprise absentee from the six-runner field for the Gt Voltigeur Stakes at York tomorrow with stablemate and Irish Derby runner up Idaho installed as the Even money favourite at BetVictor for what is usually regarded as the premier trial for the last classic of the season the St Leger. I’m not sure about Idaho getting home over the extended 14f in the Leger but I do think he should have too much on the Knavesmire tomorrow.

Ripon’s seven race card this afternoon begins with a competitive 2-y-old maiden for fillies and Newmarket raider Her Terms (2.00) is taken to give proud Yorkshireman William Haggas a welcome winner ahead of the Ebor Festival.

The selection has just been touched off in her last two starts and deserves to get her head in front; the return to 6f should suit, she is drawn next to the stands’ rail and can make all under Ben Curtis.

The Newmarket runner won’t have everything her own way though with Roger Charlton’s Miss Anticipation and the excellent Keith Dalgleish saddling Hamidans Girl who is returning from a three-month lay-off.

The money came for Assisted (2.30) at Ayr last month on his first start for Dalgleish but the combination of soft ground and a first run in six months appeared to take its toll – it will be interesting to see if connections try and recoup losses in what looks a very modest seller.

Only three to post for the mile nursery but a cracking race in prospect. Roger Charlton saddles recent Ffos Las scorer Maths Prize for Her Majesty the Queen and Beverley winner Proud Archi will appreciate returning to a fast surface having been caught out on the soft ground at Ayr last time.

The only maiden in the field is Mark Johnston’s Laureate (3.00) but the filly receives weight from the two boys and looks sure to make this a decent test; Franny Norton knows the filly well having ridden the horse when she was beaten half a length at Carlisle over 7f last month and she is another who deserves to get her head in front.

The Johnston/Norton combination are likely to be all the rage in the Conditions event courtesy of Permian who has won two of three career starts but I felt Western Duke (3.30) looked one to follow over a mile when landing some tidy bets in a 7f Doncaster maiden last time. The step up to a mile will suit and Ralph Beckett’s string remain in good form.

Cote D’Azur has landed a quick hat-trick of late but has been sold out of the Sir Mark Prescott yard and is 8lbs higher making his debut for Les Eyre. He is clearly in excellent form at present and could easily be still well ahead of the handicapper, but Pure Fantasy (4.00) ran as if the 12f trip stretched her stamina last time and she looks certain to appreciate the drop back to 10f for Roger Charlton, again in the colours of Her Majesty The Queen.

The finale looks trappy to say the least but Hazely (5.00) looks a progressive stayer for James Bethell and she is taken to follow up last month’s Beverley success from a 4lbs higher mark with excellent light-weight jockey Cam Hardie taking over in the saddle on the selection who only carries 8st 2lbs.

All three of Monopoli’s (7.10) career wins have come at Leicester and the mare looked to be coming to hand when third at Beverley over 12f last time. This drop back in trip should suit and the selection is very well handicapped on her best form. Raul Da Silva rode a winner for the yard at Haydock earlier in the month and let’s hope he can double up although it should be noted that the stable are doubly-represented with champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa booked for stablemate Free One.

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