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Racing UK On Sky Channel 426 Maiden Stakes (Div 1)

1m 4f 5yGood to Soft (Soft in places)

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No. Horse Odds
1 (9)
2 (2) 7/1
3 (6) 66/1
4 (8) 25/1
5 (5) 33/1
6 (3) 100/1
7 (4) 8/13
8 (1) 15/8
9 (10) 50/1
10 (11) 100/1
11 (7) 33/1
Verdict

GIFTS OF GOLD was a warm order for his belated introduction and there was plenty to like about his Ripon performance, despite having to play second fiddle to an experienced rival rated 79. The Godolphin inmate should step forward from the outing and is preferred to Imaginative, who showed improvement to fill the runner-up berth at Nottingham on his first start since being gelded. It is concerning that Lord Of The Pace hasn't seen a racecourse so far but with three-time bumper winner Happy Hollow being off for so long, he is put forward for third.

Verdict

GIFTS OF GOLD and Imaginative immediately make the most appeal with the Godolphin gelding getting the vote. He shaped like the best horse in the race when going down only to one with previous experience at Ripon and looks sure to improve. The step up in trip will suit Imaginative and he's surely capable of winning something.