Tiger reigns at Ripon

Michael Dods has his team in good form and is hoping for better things from Tiger Reigns after watching him get home in game fashion at Ripon today.

Michael Dods has his team in good form and is hoping for better things from Tiger Reigns after watching him get home in game fashion at Ripon today.

Partnered by Phillip Makin in the Ripon, Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse Handicap, the 4-1 chance had to dig deep to get the better of Dubai Dynamo, who was making a quick reappearance under a 6lb penalty for a win at Newcastle two days ago.

However, Tiger Reigns, a five-time winner last term, still had a neck to spare at the line with Cobo Bay a further three and a quarter lengths back in third.

Dods said: "He loves a scrap and when I saw him get into a battle a furlong out, I thought he would get his head in front.

"He ran in Lincoln but the race came too soon for him and I said to his owner (Joe Buzzeo) that the only danger to him today was if he did not handle the undulations.

"He likes fast ground but he does not like a straight track so that limits our opportunities. We'll have to look for something for him over a mile, maybe at York - he has got a bit of class."

There was a thrilling start to the afternoon when Breathless Storm (evens favourite) prevailed by a neck and the same from Defence Council and Anddante in the opening SIS Live Maiden Stakes.

Tom Tate trains the son of Storm Cat for Fitri Hay and he said: "Breathless Storm has so much speed and the boss (Mrs Hay) would like a Royal Ascot horse, but I don't think he would be a Coventry horse."

Winning rider Micky Fenton was suspended for one day (May 30) for careless riding.

Joe Fanning teamed up to good effect with Misplaced Fortune (13-2) as the pair landed the C. B. Hutchinson Memorial Challenge Cup.

Trainer Nigel Tinkler said: "The plan now is to run her in a 0-80 handicap at York's Timeform meeting."

Bollin Dolly, owned and bred by Sir Neil Westbrook, one of trainer Tim Easterby's most loyal patrons, ran out a decisive winner of the Middleham Trainer's Association Handicap in the hands of Graham Gibbons.

Easterby said of the 5-4 favourite: "She is a cracking mare, she likes fast ground and will come back here at some stage."

Henry Cecil has been enjoying a purple patch of late and he was on the mark yet again when 13-8 favourite Florentine Ruler came out best under Ian Mongan in the Attheraces.com With Free Timeform Maiden Stakes.

Batchelor Knight (5-4 favourite) was retained with a bid of £5,500 after winning the Wooden Spoon Stirring Children's Smiles Charity Selling Stakes under Paul Hanagan.

Trainer Richard Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan said: "He is a tough little horse and hopefully he will be all right for nurseries later on."

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