Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Colonel Can Mak It All Right at Ripon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Colonel Can Mak It All Right at Ripon

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THE last time Colonel Mak was in command he landed the silver version of the Ayr Gold Cup at the Western meeting in September. It is his biggest success so far and I fancy he can resume his authority for the more valuable William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon today.

To be fair to him, he hadn't been at his best this time round until returning to form with a bang in the Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton last month by chasing home Quest For Success.

He found his feet in the second half of last season and, although still a couple of pounds above his last winning mark, he has come down in the handicap and looks capable of defying his current rating when he has his favoured conditions.

You can forget his latest offering at Goodwood. He never threatened after racing up the centre of the track and was eased in the final furlong. However, he had a valid excuse as it transpired he had hit his head on the stalls and lost several teeth.

Further showers would be to Colonel Mak's advantage, especially from his draw on the far side which is usually the place to be when the ground is riding on the easy side. Big fields and an end-to-end gallop suits his style of racing.

His trainer David Barron also runs top weight Waffle who was ahead of the selection when edged out by Deacon Blues in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting. That form has been well advertised since by his conqueror who has gone to make his presence felt in Pattern company by capturing a couple of Group Three prizes.

While Waffle has an abundance of talent, he has only ever won one race, a maiden on his debut as a two-year-old for Jeremy Noseda, He seems reluctant to put his head in front when given the chance and we can expect him to arrive late on the scene. He is more than capable of landing one of these major handicaps but it will be no easy task for his apprentice rider to produce him at the precise moment. …

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