Bow To Fire At Ripon's Biggest Race
The feature race at Ripon this weekend is the William Hill Great St Wilfrid, which is one of the biggest sprint handicaps of the season. The six furlong contest is Ripon’s most valuable race of the year, worth £70,000 in prize money.
Orion’s Bow is the 6-1 favourite with the sponsor, William Hill. The David Nicholls-trained gelding has been hugely progressive this season, winning five races in a row, before coming up just short when runner-up in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
“We’re looking forward to a ripsnorter of a race at Ripon. Orion’s Bow has been a horse to follow this year and he looks the one to beat if continuing his impressive form,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
Fellow Dandy Nicholls stablemate Kimberella is next in the betting at 10-1, alongside Nuno Tristan, who races for last year’s winning trainer Richard Fahey.
Fahey also won the race in 2013 with Baccarat, who is back again, but now the gelding is trained by Charlie Appleby. He’s a 16-1 chance to roll back the years and win the race for a second time.
The race is named after the patron saint of Ripon, St Wilfrid, who was an English bishop. Wilfrid was abbot at Ripon and travelled extensively throughout Europe converting pagans to Christianity.
Elsewhere, in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, Home Of The Brave is William Hill’s 4-1 favourite, with Nemoralia 9-2 second-favourite and both Convey and Hit It A Bomb priced at 11-2.
William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes: 6-1 Orion’s Bow, 10-1 Kimberella, Related, 11-1 Nuno Tristan, 12-1 Intisaab, Perfect Pasture, 14-1 Alben Star, Muhadathat, Rex Imperator, Shanghai Glory, Snap Shots, Toofi, 16-1 Baccarat, Dawaa, Hawatif, Mujassam, Nameitwhatyoulike, Pipers Note, Son Of Africa, 20-1 Avon Breeze, Clear Spring, George Bowen, George Dryden, Mythmaker, Shared Equity, Shipyard, Tatlisu, 25-1 Blaine, Dragon King, Fast Track, Go Far, Grandad’s World, Khelman, Louis The Pious, Mishaal, Moonraker, Munfallet, Ninjago, Pea Shooter, Roudee, Shore Step, Stellarta, 33-1 Best Trip, Dandyleekie, Fendale, Giant Spark, Holiday Magic, Johnny Cavagin, Patrick, See The Sun, Twin Appeal, 40-1 Alexandrakollontai, Barnet Fair, Classic Seniority, Duke Cosimo, Explain, Gran Canaria Queen, Handsome Dude, Love Island, Magic City, Willbeme, 50-1 Fairway To Heaven, Mississippi, Still On Top, 66-1 Apricot Sky, Kestrel Call, Monarch Maid, 100-1 Hit The Lights, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)
Hungerford Stakes: 4-1 Home Of The Brave, 9-2 Nemoralia, 11-2 Convey, Hit It A Bomb, 8-1 Air Vice Marshal, Toormore, 10-1 Adaay, 11-1 Breton Rock, Markaz, 12-1 Jallota, 16-1 Cougar Mountain, 20-1 Dark Emerald, Golden Steps, Richard Pankhurst, 33-1 Lord Of The Land, 66-1 The Happy Prince, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)