Magic Cat team target Ayr raid

Magic Cat is set for a step up in class after running out a convincing winner of the Sapper Conditions Stakes for the in-form Karl Burke and Andrew Elliott at Ripon.

Magic Cat is set for a step up in class after running out a convincing winner of the Sapper Conditions Stakes for the in-form Karl Burke and Andrew Elliott at Ripon.

Elliott asked his mount to go about his business and the youngster quickened up in fine style to sweep into the lead about 100 yards from home and go one and a half lengths clear of Thunderous Mood.

The 7-2 winner is owned and was bred by Ray Bailey, who said: “He is in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, but I would like to go for the Harry Rosebery at Ayr.

“I think it would suit him better over five furlongs.”

Elliott added: “He ran well first time in a Pontefract maiden, he just came up against a good one – he strengthened up from that but he surprised me the way he quickened up today.”

Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis has a good record at the course and he was in the money again when Rose Street justified 11-8 favouritism under Philip Robinson in the City Of Ripon Handicap.

The winner carries the colours of Ray Green and his wife Anita, and the former said: “She is the only proper Flat horse we have, but she will go jumping one day.

“We will see how far she will go on the Flat first, she is a big strong filly and I think she will be better on decent ground.”

Kevin Ryan was at the Doncaster St Leger Sales and missed seeing Coleorton Choice open his account at the fifth attempt under Robert Winston in the Ripon Land Rover Nursery.

The 11-2 chance made all on the stands side and passed the post with half a length to spare over the favourite Needwood Lad, one of four to have raced on the far side.

Ryan was also on the mark at Great Leighs and his daughter Amy said: “Coleorton Choice deserved that, we thought he would win after the way he ran at Haydock last time.”

Elliott and Alan Munro were suspended for one day for not riding to their draw on Harriet’s Girl and Lisburn respectively.

Middleham trainer George Moore celebrated his 56th birthday by sending out Sorrento Moon (7-2) to gamely win the Claro Selling Stakes in the hands of apprentice PJ McDonald.

Moore had the bonus of retaining the winner without a bid and his wife Carol said: “Sorrento Moon is owned by Sinead Sunderland, whose husband Miles trains in County Wexford.

“Miles is a friend of our son Gary and that is why the filly came to us. She is not very big but she ran well in a claimer at Redcar on her first run for us and it is nice to see her win.”

Blades Princess, trained by Ed McMahon and bred by his mother Joy, won the Destination Harrogate Maiden Fillies’ Stakes in the manner of a decent youngster under Graham Gibbons.

McMahon said: “She was a May foal and we haven’t rushed her and I would not be in a hurry to run her again. She is still a bit green and hopefully she will improve again.”

Andrew Mullen was suspended for one day for using his whip with excessive frequency on third-placed Whispering Spirit.

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