Ribblesdale Stakes

18 Jun



14 of the last 16 winners of this race had won either of their last two starts and six of the last seven winners had won at Group or Listed level. So you’re looking for a horse coming into the race in top form. For me this race revolves around 1 filly and that is the Jim Bolder trained Pleascach. She brings the best form into the race, she won the Irish 1000 Guineas last time out. The form of that race has worked out well. Qualify who was 10th has since won the Epsom Oaks. On form Pleascach has the beating of most of these. She beat Curvy by 6 lengths as a 2 year old. Curvy has won 3 in a row but struggled to beat Ringside Humor in 2 of those races. Ringside Humor is trained by Jim Bolger and is not in the same league as Pleascach. The furthest Pleascach has run is 1 mile 2 and ½ furlongs. She’s going up in trip to 1 mile 4 today. Some people in the media have been saying she won’t stay but I think she will have no problem seeing out the trip. She is class above these and 8/11 is a fantastic price given what she has done.


Gretchen maybe the one to put up a fight against Pleascach. She’s 1 from 1. She won a maiden in good style over this trip and is well bred. It’s a big ask though for her to go from a maiden to a G2. Pleascach has already won a G1. The Aidan O’Brien trained Wedding Vow has yet to win a race after 4 runs but has shown a high level of form. She was 2nd to Legitisimo who went on and won the English 1000 Guineas and was 2nd to Qualify in the Epsom Oaks. Wedding Vow ran a nice race in the Oaks trial at Lingfield last time out. She is sure to stay this trip but on form has a bit to find with Pleascach like most in here. Of the others Pamona could run well. She has yet to prove she stays this trip though but her recent 3rd was very eye catching and could grab a place here. If Pleascach stays the trip she wins, simple as.


Selection: Pleascach 8/11

Outsider: Wedding Vow 14/1






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