El Viento has slipped back down to his last winning mark and makes plenty of appeal at 12/1 in the 2.20 at Ripon.
Richard Fahey’s gelding has been a bit hit and miss this season but ran well when a running on sixth of 22 to Colonel Mak at Doncaster back in April off 91 and really caught the eye last time out when keeping on well to finish 5th of 28 to Johannes at Goodwood of 88.
He raced with far more zest that day and ran on strongly inside the last, leaving the impression that he was coming to the boil and ready to exploit his mark.
The handicapper has dropped him 1lb to a mark of 87, and that is the same as when he was last successful.
Interestingly that win come over today’s course and distance, and he had also ran well at the track on his previous start when badly hampered at the start and finishing a 1 length fourth of 10 to Thirteen Shivers.
He clearly runs the track well, and that is a major plus at the venue where many runners can get unbalanced on the undulations and under perform.
Another plus is that he has run some cracking races in big fields, and I am sure that connections have had this race in mind for him for some time.
To me everything suggests that a massive run is on the cards, and I think he will go off shorter than 12s come race time.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way El Viento (12/1 Betfred, Boylesports, Ladbrokes – BOG)