Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy betting tips: Life Of Riley the punt in juvenile feature

Horsebetting.com betting tips for the Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy say Life Of Riley is worth a bet to land the 6f Listed contest for juveniles at the garden racecourse on Monday, 27 August, following a fine second last time out. Kessaar is a rare runner at the venue for trainer John Gosden and feared most, while Neverland Rock is another to consider now eased in grade. Read our 2018 Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy betting tips preview for full details.

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Life Of Riley
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Get Ontoawinner at Ripon with Life Of Riley

Life Of Riley has some solid form to his name, so looks decent value at the odds on offer and worth a bet to land the feature race at Ripon on Bank Holiday Monday, the Listed 6f Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy (16:00).

This Karl Burke trained colt, who carries the yellow and white colours of the Ontoawinner Syndicate that enjoyed tremendous times with Group 1 sprinter Quiet Reflection, came good at the second time of asking when scoring in good style over course and distance back in May.

He has posted some solid efforts in defeat since, including when a 6 1/4 lengths sixth of 28 to Soldier’s Call in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot where he had Kessaar – who is favourite for this – well behind in 25th. Life Of Riley also ran very well next time up in the Listed 5f Dragon Stakes at York when finding only Well Done Fox a neck too good after racing prominently throughout.

That form looks strong as the winner has since gone on to land another Listed contest at the York Ebor Festival. The son of Showcasing also lost little in defeat last time out when a fine second of 11 to Rumble Inthejungle in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Life Of Riley showed plenty of early pace to track the leaders and stuck to the task well to go down by 2 1/2 lengths. He had the aforementioned Windsor Castle winner Soldier’s Call a neck back in third and it was a career best performance.

This is easier than the Molecomb and the fact that Life Of Riley has winning form at the venue is a big plus and it is an undulating track that can catch out many juveniles. So, taking everything into account, he looks to have plenty going for him in this and thus had to be the main selection in our 2018 Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy betting tips.

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Gosden raider Kessaar feared most

Although Kessaar finished well behind Life Of Riley in the Windsor Castle, he has since bolted up at Windsor and is a rare runner at the venue for in-form trainer John Gosden. The Newmarket handler boasts an overall strike rate of just over 27 per cent with his runners at this track and had just one runner at the garden racecourse in the last three years – a winner in 2017.

It therefore speaks volumes that he sends Kessaar on the long journey up north and, judged by the way in which he totally destroyed the opposition at Windsor, he looks well worth another crack at this level. The son of Kodiac sported a hood for the first time when making beating Bobby Ewing by 10 lengths.

Kessaar took the the running as soon as the stalls opened and drew effortlessly clear approaching the final furlong. Jockey Rab Havlin had the luxury to heavily ease him inside the last, so he was value for even more than the huge winning margin.

What he beat is questionable, but it was a visually taking performance and one which suggested there was better to come. So, with the hood retained, and given powerful connections, Kessaar looks sure to make a bid bold to follow-up and therefore rates the main danger to Life Of Riley.

Class-dropping Neverland Rock another with claims

Neverland Rock failed to fire last time out when fifth in a Group 2 at Glorious Goodwood, but now drops significantly in grade. It makes him another to consider in a fascinating renewal given that he had a progressive profile prior to his run at the Sussex venue.

After finishing a highly promising fifth of 16 to Confiding on debut at Newbury in a race that has thrown up a whole host of subsequent winners, the Richard Hannon the son of No Nay Never showed the benefit of that experience when quickening well to land an eight-runner contest over 7f at Newmarket by three-quarters of a length from Mordred.

Neverland Rock backed that up with a solid race third of seven to the exciting Quorto in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at headquarters. Although eventually beaten 4 3/4 lengths, he held every chance until getting outpaced a furlong from home by the Godolphin owned Classic hope.

That form reads very well in the context of this lower grade contest and with stamina on his side Neverland Rock could be the one to capitalise if the leaders go off too hard in front. He falls short of each-way value, but is still respected and among our 2018 Ripon Champion 2YO Trophy betting tips.

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