Racing: Ready for ‘the off’ at Ripon

Group One winner Tac De Boistron heads a field of eight in tomorrow's Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.
Group One winner Tac De Boistron heads a field of eight in tomorrow's Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.
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the first of Ripon’s five evening meetings this summer takes place tomorrow when racing at Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’ begins at 6pm.

Nawton trainer David O’Meara will be looking to keep his good recent work with Sophisticated Heir in the ‘The SiS Top Class Data Delivery Handicap Stakes’ at 7.35pm while Sir Mark Prescott’s Newmarket raider Sarpech is a fascinating contender for the Sis At The Heart Of Racing Handicap at 8.05pm.

Sarpech was well-backed when second on his handicap debut last time and while he had to settle for second he finished a long way clear of the third.

Musical entertainment from the bandstand is provided by the Caribbean Steel Band and race-goers will be able to follow all of the action on the course’s permanent giant screen along with the action from Ascot’s evening meeting.

Ripon will then host the first of their four family days in their 2015 racing calendar with, their ‘Traditional Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, May 17.

As for all Ripon race days, accompanied under 18s get in for free and the course will have a variety of traditional family entertainment on the day including a coconut shy, bouncy castles, a variety of fairground rides along with special guest Professor Dan Slater who will be providing both magic and Punch and Judy shows at intervals in between racing.

Group One winner Tac De Boistron heads a field of eight in tomorrow’s Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

Marco Botti’s eight-year-old grey looked better than ever when last seen, winning the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp. He was due to make his comeback in last week’s Sagaro Stakes but fast ground put paid to that.

His chief threat may be Peter Niven’s Clever Cookie but O’Meara’s Fattsota looked very good when making all the running at Ripon last month.

Trainer John Gosden. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

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