Explosive Lady can become star of the Ripon charge
Explosive Lady can star on Bank Holiday Monday with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy, 2014 at Ripon. Karl Burke's charge impressed when winning a Nottingham maiden by four and a half lengths at the beginning of July, prompting connections to quickly raise her sights to Group Three company at Ascot.
Pitched into the Princess Margaret Stakes over six furlongs, Explosive Lady was at a bit of a disadvantage behind more experienced rivals but certainly ran with credit to claim third place, despite drifting a little in the finish.
That effort suggested a Listed heat such as this should be well within her compass and given that Explosive Lady gets a handy fillies' allowance from the likes of Bossy Guest, she is hard to oppose.
King Torus was a bit disappointing last time but should be given another chance to shine in the Ripon Rowels Handicap.
The one-time Group Two winner was flying earlier in the year, seemingly thriving for Ruth Carr with three wins on the bounce in May, June and July.
His hot streak inspired Carr to tackle the ultra-competitive International handicap at Ascot and King Torus was hardly disgraced in finishing sixth in what is usually one of the hottest handicap events of the summer.
He was down the field at Doncaster with no obvious excuses for what could only be described as a below-par performance, although he was really not beaten far. Carr clearly feels he is back on song as she pitches King Torus back into action and he could prove to be the class act.
CHEPSTOW: 2.35 Blues Dancer, 3.15 Jersey Jewel, 3.55 Jazri, 4.30 Lady Percy, 5.05 End Of Line, 5.35 Swendab, 6.10 Berkeley Vale.
CARTMEL: 2.20 Mawaqeet, 2.55 Moon Over Rio, 3.30 Civil Unrest, 4.05 Scotswell, 4.40 Bracken House, 5.15 Handsome Dan, 5.50 Roserrow.
EPSOM: 2.05 Enville, 2.40 Miss Brazil, 3.10 Silvanus, 3.45 Haafaguinea, 6.20 Jebril, 4.55 Raven Ridge, 5.30 Alpine Storm.
HUNTINGDON: 1.35 Tender Surprise, 2.10 Capisci, 2.45 Banyan Tree, 3.20 Milgen Bay, 3.50 Sacred Square, 4.25 Top Billing, 5.00 Speed Check.
NEWCASTLE: 1.45 Silver Tycoon, 2.15 Bartel, 2.50 King Pin, 3.25 Berland, 4.00 Hala Hala, 4.35 Hot Spice, 5.10 Wor Lass, 5.40 Tiger Jim.
RIPON: 2.25 Lady Jane, 3.00 Lunar Spirit, 3.35 Centre Haafhd, 4.10 EXPLOSIVE LADY (NAP), 4.45 King Torus, 5.20 Hanno, 5.55 Royal Caper.
WARWICK: 1.25 Classic Image, 1.55 Our Grey Lady, 2.30 Free Rein, 3.05 Jolly Red Jeanz, 3.40 Goldream, 4.15 Pixeleen, 4.50 Louis Vee.
DOUBLE: Explosive Lady and King Torus.