Bookmakers see Red Mist at Ripon as favourites make it seventh heaven for punters

By Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Tue 28 Aug 2018

Red Mist ensured it was a profitable day for punters when Simon Crisford and Silvestre de Sousa teamed up at Ripon to win the Conditions Stakes.

Just 24 hours on from the pair winning the Listed race for juveniles with Sporting Chance, the Frankel colt Red Mist was one of seven favourites to go in at the Garden Racecourse.

What was considered by many to be a subdued day at the office after last week's sport at York and over the Bank Holiday ended up turning in to a bloodbath for the layers as market leader after market leader went in.

"A quiet-looking day of racing has turned into a rather expensive one!," Betway's Alan Alger said.

"All seven favourites came home in front at Ripon, including some very well-backed rides for champion Silvestre de Sousa, and we’re counting up a fairly hefty loss on the day.

“It’s turned out to be a very lucky day for one punter, who had all seven favourites to place in an accumulator at 33-1 and with a number of other decent priced accumulators being successful, it’s turned out to be a rather expensive day!”

Red Mist faced 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.

When things drop right he can win a nice race Silvestre de Sousa on Red Mist

“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

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