Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bet on Tim - Just on the off Chance

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bet on Tim - Just on the off Chance

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OFF CHANCE can provide the white-hot Tim Easterby operation with another winner at Ripon.

The North Yorkshire handler is enjoying a vintage May, and looks to have unearthed a seriously progressive contender for the Nick Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap.

Off Chance has shot up the ratings over the last 12 months, having only finished out of the frame three times in 11 starts.

She is also twice a scorer at Ripon, which is always a positive.

Further cause for optimism arrived at Ascot last time when she stayed on for third behind two smart rivals in Alsace Lorraine and First City.

Although she is 7lb higher than her last winning mark at Ripon last August, Off Chance is clearly on a steep upward trajectory and looks poised to launch a bold bid.

Yashrid could have been let in lightly for the Weatherbys Bank Handicap.

Michael Jarvis' three-year-old makes his handicap debut off a mark of 69, which could emerge as being extremely generous.

Although he had hardly set the world alight in three maidens, Yashrid at least hinted at some ability earlier this month at Brighton.

The son of Rahy stayed on resolutely to finish third over a mile, suggesting for all the world this extra furlong will be ideal.

He clearly goes well on fast ground and is, intriguingly, Philip Robinson's only ride of the day.

It should pay to side with Advertise in the Absolute Recruitment Celebration Handicap at Chepstow.

Andrew Balding's four-year-old was given too much to do by an inexperienced amateur rider at Salisbury last time when finishing like a bullet to take fifth over a trip of seven furlongs.

Seemingly on the right side of the handicapper, the step up to a mile and the appointment of Jimmy Fortune should make all the difference in a poor race.

Il Portico is still fairly unexposed and can unlock previously undiscovered potential in the Lindley Catering Handicap over a mile and a half. …

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