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Confessional weighted to go well in Great St Wilfrid

| 15.08.2014

Coral are paying 5 places on the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon tomorrow (Saturday, August 15th), and that makes Confessional look cracking each-way value.

The Tim Easterby trained gelding is not the easiest to win with, but is a useful sort when things do drop right and has become dangerously well-treated.

The seven-year-old won off a mark of 94 at Chester last September, and went on to finish a highly creditable fourth of 16 to Demora in a decent contest at Haydock off 100.

Confessional now gets into this contest off a mark of just 92, having shaped as if coming back to form in recent starts.

The son of Dubawi stayed on well to finish fourth of 13 to Robot Boy in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle, and then backed that up with an excellent 2 1/4 length second to Kimbrella at Chester on his penultimate outing.

Confessional now meets the winner on 6lb better terms, and that may well enable him to turn the tables in a race which will be run to suit on ground that will be ideal

There are plenty of dangers in what is a fiercely competitive 6f sprint, and two others that made my shortlist are Out Do and Spinatrix.

Out Do is trained by David O’Meara and has posted a string of solid efforts in recent weeks.

The five-year-old finished off strongly to be beaten by just 2/12 lengths into fifth behind handicap blot Muthmir in a hot 19-runner contest at York on his penultimate start, and backed that up with a solid third behind Pipers Note and Another Wise Kid over course and distance earlier in the month.

Out Do is now weighted to turn the tables with those rivals, and the guaranteed strong pace in this contest is what the son of Exceed And Excel needs to be seen to best effect.

Spinatrix has a terrific record at the track and is just 2lb higher than when running a stormer to finish neck runner-up to Baccarat in this race 12 months ago.

The Michael Dods trained mare is a three-time course and distance winner, and was rated 108 when finisning a fine third of 18 to Jack Dexter in a Listed contest at Doncaster on her final start last season.

Spinatrix now runs off 102, and although the daughter of Diktat ran below par last time out in a Listed contest at Haydock it would be no surprise to see the six-year-old bounce back to form now returned to handicap company at a track which she runs particularly well.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.