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Ribblesdale Stakes: Wide open contest
by Handicappers ( / Globeform (
Last update: 2011-06-21 07:03:31 (First published: 2011-06-15 07:06:04 )

Royal Ascot Thursday:

Often billed as the Ascot Oaks, the Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) has been won by some pretty smart ladies over the years, but coming to this race following a run in the Oaks proper at Epsom Downs a couple of weeks earlier has proved very difficult.

Normally, you are best off looking for a lightly raced filly that is improving, and taking the next step up in class before going into Group One company. There are plenty of qualifiers here, and it's a wide open race.


Royal Ascot 16 June 2011 3yo fillies 1 miles

Runners presented with best Globeform rating, sire, trainer / jockey
Globeform ratings are expressed in pounds. One length equals 1,5lb over this distance

110 - BANIMPIRE (Holy Roman Emperor) J Bolger / K Manning
109p - RUMH (Monsun) S bin Suroor / L Dettori
108p - ZAIN AL BOLDAN (Poliglote) M Channon / K Fallon
107p - DORCAS LANE (Norse Dancer) L Wadham / P Hanagan
103 - LOOK AT ME (Danehill Dancer) A O'Brien / R Moore
..99p - FIELD OF MIRACLES (Galileo) J Gosden / R Hughes
..97p - HIGHEST (Dynaformer) J Gosden / W Buick
..95p - ARIZONA JEWEL (Dansili) Sir Henry Cecil / T Queally
..90 - MUSHARAKAAT (Iffraaj) E Dunlop / R Hills
..?p - MAKE MY HEART SING (Sadler's Wells) A O'Brien / P Smullen
..?p - CREME ANGLAISE (Motivator) M Bell / H Turner
..?p - SUNDAY BESS (Deep Impact) T Dascombe / R Kingscote


BANIMPIRE - Good 5th in Irish Guineas, impressive G3 winner on Sunday, stays the trip
RUMH - Significant improvement from first to second start this year, may make an impact
ZAIN AL BOLDAN - Impressed at Lingfield, foiled by the slow pace at Epsom, don't dismiss
DORCAS LANE - Form of her Newmarket win working out well, and she has more to offer
LOOK AT ME - Interesting juvenile form, but her two runs this year have been disappointing
FIELD OF MIRACLES - Edgy at Lingfield, strong fav. but beaten 6 lengths by Zain Al Boldan
HIGHEST - Has done well against G1 calibre fillies and possibly a danger
ARIZONA JEWEL - Maiden win beat nothing special, in season when flopping at York
MUSHARAKAAT - Getting exposed and looks more of a Listed class runner
MAKE MY HEART SING - 10-1 winner of 12-furlong maiden at Cork, interesting longshot
CREME ANGLAISE - Beating Rainbow Springs has proved to be quite easy, but will improve
SUNDAY BESS - Still a maiden and hard to fancy here


, trained by Jim Bolger in Ireland, may look well exposed on paper but this game and genuine filly is actually improving still, and she put up an excellent performance to win the Noblesse Stakes (G3) over 1 miles at Cork as recently as last Sunday. All being well after this, her fifth win from ten starts, she will run in the Ribblesdale where she should take all the beating. Banimpire has been in some hot races already this year and she may not fit the bill as 'lightly raced' but she was a late foal and the way she won on Sunday suggests that she is on the upgrade. The step up to 1 miles suited her so well and she outstayed her rivals to scoot home by 3 lengths from Sense Of Purpose on Sunday (she was winning with more in hand). Banimpire, a strong daughter of Holy Roman Emperor, had previously finished fifth in the one-mile Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1), beaten just 2 lengths behind multiple G1 winner Misty For Me. This is the best form on offer, we know she stays, and she comes here right at the top of her game. She must be our bet.

DORCAS LANE has been waiting for this event since landing the Pretty Polly Stakes (LR) over 10 furlongs at Newmarket's Guineas meeting and she is also an interesting contender. A probable improver who did not race at two, she won the Pretty Polly by 2 lengths from Charleston Lady, with Izzy Top back in third place. Izzy Top gave the form some boost when winning a Listed race at Newbury and taking third in the Investec Oaks (G1) at Epsom, and small time trainer Lucy Wadham has a shot at a big prize with Dorcas Lane.

Godolphin rely on the fast improving RUMH. This daughter of Monsun made significant improvement from her first to her second start this year. After running third to Izzy Top (see Dorcas Lane) in a Listed event at Newbury in May, Rumh was sent back to same track for another run at the same level on June 9, and she absolutely flew home by 6 lengths from Imperial Pippin (who had been third behind Beatrice Aurore and Highest at Goodwood on her previous start).

Highest, a Dynaformer filly bred to love every yard of this stamina test, looked talented when running second at Goodwood last time out. She was beaten only 1 lengths by Beatrice Aurore, subsequently a decent sixth in the Investec Oaks (G1), and she is an interesting longshot.




Win: 2 Banimpire

6 Exactas

A: 2 with 4, 10, 12
B: 4, 10, 12 with 2

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