Strong entry received for Great St Wilfrid

Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey both well represented in Ripon highlight

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Stable companions Flying Pursuit and Golden Apollo, who dominated the finish of the Dash at York recently, are among an entry of 61 for the William Hill Great St Wilfrid at Ripon on Saturday.

The Tim Easterby-trained pair pulled a long way clear of the rest on the Knavesmire, with Flying Pursuit winning by a neck, but he will be 1lb worse off on this occasion.

Easterby, who won the Great St Wilfrid with Mattmu last year, has also entered smart three-year-old Staxton and Bossipop, although the latter will likely have to make do with a place in the consolation race.

Richard Fahey also has a few to chose from with the likes of Kimberella and Brian The Snail engaged, but Growl appears to be the stable’s main hope.

Fahey’s assistant, Robin O’Ryan, said: “He just hasn’t had things drop right for him yet but he has shown more in his last two runs.

“At York (behind the Easterby pair) he was drawn on the wrong side and then in the Stewards’ Cup he got messed around a bit, but that happens in these races.

“He’d be our main hope if he runs, I imagine, but you need luck in these races, you could run it five times and get five different winners.

“A few more showers wouldn’t hurt him, either, but he looks to be coming back to form.”

Intisaab, Top Score, Ice Age, Spring Loaded and Ed Walker’s Aeolus are also in the mix along with Teruntum Star and 2014 winner Out Do.

Ruth Carr’s course specialist Piper’s Note, who has added two more wins to his tally in recent weeks, is bound to have plenty of followers.

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