Stoute aiming to complete a triple success.
Champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who has already topped pounds 3m in prize-money this year, sends three runners to Ripon today and they could all oblige.
His lightly-raced Fremen, who takes on mostly exposed opposition in the Ripon Rowels Handicap, opened his account following two placed efforts when landing a Windsor maiden a fortnight ago. Fremen picked up the pacesetting Lasanga without much trouble and went on to score easily. He looks the type that will win decent handicaps this autumn. Cat Ona High is the only other three-year-old in the line-up. He was outclassed in York's Dante Stakes and was having his first run since when sixth to Passing Glance in a Listed event at Salisbury. Saddled with top weight here, he has plenty on his plate.
Uhoomagoo has done all his winning at shorter distances, but Rafferty will appreciate the drop in trip and looks the main threat to Fremen.
Stoute runs his easy Pontefract winner Auditorium in the Ripon Champion Two Years Old Trophy and is the least experienced of the quartet. An athletic type, with size and scope, he showed the right attitude when hitting the front and he would have beaten Granato by double the margin had he not been eased by Kieren Fallon. There is no doubt he will improve again.
Botanical was entitled to win the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury following his second in the Coventry at Royal Ascot. However, he was disappointing and has a bit to prove now.
Though Mac Love has landed a couple of nurseries, he will find this tougher and has a sixth furlong to contend with as well, so Peak To Creek is recommended as the danger to Auditorium. After a hat-trick at Chester, he ran here nine days ago and met one too good in Mokabra. Still, he never flinched and is a credit to his trainer.
Alkaased looked fit enough for his seasonal reappearance at Yarmouth only to meet his match in Floreeda. He should win the Family Day Maiden Stakes.
Hidden Dragon looked a picture before the Great Wilfrid at Ripon and confirmed his well-being with a narrow victory over Undeterred.
While he reverts to the minimum trip for the Tote Exacta Sprint at Epsom, he was in front at five furlongs last time and, with only a 4lb rise, can strike again.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Aug 25, 2003|
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