Maarek (white cap) is joint favourite for the £50,000 race
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
RIDGE RANGER has been backed to become the first filly since Look Busy in 2008 to land the Totepool Beverley Bullet on Saturday, with the sponsors cutting her into 10-1 (from 16).
This will be a step up in class for the Eric Alston-trained four-year-old, who was last seen winning a competitive handicap at Goodwood last month.
Alston said: “We wouldn’t want the ground to be firm, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. She’ll be fine if there’s any rain around, too.
“We dropped her back to five furlongs at Goodwood and it worked well. I thought that was a good little race and she did it nicely.
“She only just gets home over six furlongs, but Beverley is a stiff five (furlongs) so we think the race will suit her nicely,” he continued.
“She’s got a little bit to find against some of the others, but she’s improving and you wouldn’t put it past her to improve some more.
“Hopefully she’s a black-type filly with her best days in front of her.”
Ridge Ranger could face stiff competition in the form of some talented sprinters, most notably multiple winner Maarek and Line Of Reason who have been installed as 6-1 joint-favourites ahead of Alben Star, Iffranesia and Kingsgate Native at 7-1.
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