Red Mist in the clear at Ripon

Simon Crisford and Silvestre de Sousa on target in race of the day

  • Tuesday 28 August
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Red Mist ensured it was a profitable Bank Holiday weekend for Simon Crisford and Silvestre de Sousa at Ripon when running out a ready winner of the Conditions Stakes.

Just 24 hours on from the pair winning the Listed race for juveniles with Sporting Chance, the Frankel colt Red Mist only faced two rivals.

Three Saints Bay tried to nick the race from the front and briefly had De Sousa scrubbing along but class told in the end and he pulled four and a half lengths clear.

“He’s a nice horse. He’s been running in far more competitive races than that,” said De Sousa.

“It felt like Danny (Tudhope) had gone pretty quick in front and he picked up impressively. He’s been consistent and wasn’t beat far in France last time. When things drop right he can win a nice race.”

Crisford’s travelling head lad Les Reynolds said: “I don’t think the track was ideal as he’s such a good mover.

“He’s got brittle feet so the farrier has to go wherever he does but this could be his time of year with a bit of cut in the ground.

“I’d like to think he could win a Listed race somewhere.”

De Sousa, leading jockey at Ripon this season, soon made it a double on Roger Fell’s Mulligatawny (5-2 favourite) in the City Of Ripon Handicap.

Allowed an easy lead the result looked a foregone conclusion when De Sousa stole three lengths three furlongs out and he was allowed to coast home.

“He likes it front and he likes it here. He was off the bridle most of the way but kept going,” said De Sousa.

Iconic Choice won for the third time this season in the 21 Engineer Regiment Sapper Nursery Handicap.

Plenty of late money ensured Tom Dascombe’s filly was sent off the 5-6 favourite but for much of the home straight Mrs Hoo was holding her off only for Richard Kingscote to get his mount in front right on the line.

“She was never able to put it to bed,” said Kingscote.

“She’s been going the right way and can still learn more I think.

“She coped well with the trip but the track nearly caught her out.”

Richard Fahey’s Kingman filly Golden Circle (4-6 favourite) opened her account at the second time of asking in the At The Races Novice Stakes.

Jockey Paul Hanagan said: “She learned a lot from her first run, she came on a lot for it at home and had done well physically.

“She was very relaxed today and was really enjoying it.

“She got a bit unbalanced on the ridges but she was going so well we were able to get away with it. She was strongest in the final furlong.”

Sam James had an easy time of things in winning the seller on David O’Meara’s Clenymistra.

“She was in a bit of a different league to them really. She quickened up nicely and while she wasn’t doing much in front she won well,” said James.

The winner was bought back in for £9,500 after a lively auction.

Give It Some Teddy (11-4) was a sixth winning market leader of the afternoon in the one-mile handicap, while Urban Spirit (7-4) ensured favourite-backers had a day to remember by winning the Sky Sports Racing Launching In 2019 Stayers Handicap.

Red Mist in the clear at Ripon
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