Silvery Moon can strike gold at 8/1 at Ripon

Silvery Moon is a handicapper progressing at a rate of knots and looks to hold outstanding claims at 8/1 in the 3.35 at Ripon.

Tim Easterby’s gelding showed bags of promise as an unfurnished three-year-old and went into my notebook as the type who would come into his own this season.

Handicaps were always going to be his game, and there is little doubt in my mind that this race has been his target all season.

The strapping son of Verglas has been brought along steadily by his shrewd handler this season, and came good in no uncertain manner at the third time asking last time out at Redcar.

Well backed that day, he tracked the leader before being driven to lead at the two marker and despite hanging left powered clear to score going away by five lengths.

The handicapper has not surprisingly reacted by putting him 10lb, but that is unlikely to stop him going in again.

The four-year-old is still unexposed, and to me there is even better to come from him on the soft ground he will encounter today.

His galloping style suggests that cut in the ground will be ideal, and his best run last season came on soft ground at Pontefract when he finished second of 12 to Danehill Sunset in a race which is working out well.

I think he is the one they all have to beat this afternoon, and at 8/1 he looks tremendous each-way value with bookies paying 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4.

Recommended bet: 3pts each-way Silvery Moon (8/1 bet365, Paddy Power – BOG, Stan James)

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