IT'S BACK TO RIPON AGAIN ON TUESDAY, WITH A FURTHER THREE RUNNERS.
Frankelio has been placed on all three starts this season, getting off to the perfect start when winning first time up at Pontefract in June.In two subsequent runs, he has finished a very respectable third, and forth, at Ripon, and Pontefract, both times on ground that was a little too firm for his liking.On Tuesday the underfoot conditions should be more in his favour, but for the first time this season he has been unlucky with the draw, so regular jockey Graham Lee will have to call upon all of his experience, in order to get a good position. The race is at 2.30.pm, and once again he races over one mile.
We have two runners in the 4.35.pm, the stayers handicap over two miles.Indian Vision whose career to date has been curtailed by injury, made a pleasing return to action at Musselburgh in July, when staying on in to forth, when a little short of room, to only be beat by one length, and a quarter. He has been given 53 days to get over those exertions, and can race from 1lb lower mark.His best form to date has been achieved on a firmer surface, but he does have placed form on good to soft, Graham Lee will ride him for the first time.
We also run Fortia in the same race, she has raced on four occasions for us since joining the stable in November of last year.She made no show in three hurdle events last winter, but on her return to action on the flat at Catterick in August, over an inadequate 12 furlongs, she was keeping on at the business end of the race, although beaten 25 lengths.Based on her flat form as a three year old when trained by Dean Ivory, she is on a handy mark.The ground should hold no terrors, and Billy Garritty retains the ride.
Good luck to the connections, Forty Forty Twenty, The Futurists, and Samuel Sutton & Partners.
FORTIA. 16 April 2014 Nathaniel-Veenwouden. Owner-Samuel Sutton & Partners.
Fortia is by the King George, and Eclipse winner Nathaniel, out of the Desert Prince mare Veenwouden who's forte was stamina, recording a career best third in the Jockey Club Cup (Group 3) at Newmarket back in 2007, over two miles,she is also the Dam of Hurricane Hollow, who achieved a best hurdles Racing Post Rating of 140.
Fortia ran twice as a two year old for the William Haggas yard, both times over a mile, in October, and November 2016, failing to get competitive on both occasions.
For her three year old career she was trained by Dean Ivory, but she didn't run until August 2017, when finishing fifth of eight at Chelmsford, over the extended one mile and five furlongs.She made her handicap debut the following month at Yarmouth, over their extended one mile and three furlongs, off a mark of 59, and finished third in the soft ground.Her final race on the flat, to date, was a disappointing return to Chelmsford in October, when finishing down the field over two miles.
It would be a further 11 months, and wind surgery until her next appearance in August 2018. Now in the care of Emma Lavelle she made her hurdles debut at Bangor, but after a mistake at the first, she never got involved.It was a different story at Worcester in September when she went down by only a neck, and she backed that up in October at Newton Abbot with a solid third place,both races were on good ground.She raced a further four times for Emma Lavelle, all in handicaps, starting from a mark of 106, and all at around two and a half miles, but she disappointed on each occasion.