THE RICHARD Fahey-trained Militia rates the best bet at Ripon's evening fixture today.

After placing in three of his four starts last term, the three-year-old was not winning out of turn when making a successful return at Thirsk for the Ryedale handler, pictured, three weeks ago.

The assessor left him unchanged on a mark of 78 as he enters the handicap arena for the first time in the Ripon Farm Services Handicap and that might prove a shade generous.

Daira Prince can strike Nottingham gold for the second time this month in the Watch Racing UK On BT TV Handicap today.

Roger Varian's charge won at Yarmouth and Leicester last season and also ran creditably in defeat on a couple of occasions.

He failed to fire on his final appearance of 2017 in the Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket, however, and was subsequently gelded.

The lightly-raced four-year-old was fitted with blinkers on his return from an eight-month absence over this course and distance three weeks ago and appeared an improved performer as he saw off the in-form Lamloom with something to spare.

The handicapper has had his say, raising Daira Prince 6lb, but with only eight runs under his belt he is very much unexposed and he looks sure to go well in this £22,000 feature.

Autumn Leaves is an interesting contender for the British Stallion Studs EBF totequadpot Fillies' Handicap.

The daughter of Helmet filled the runner-up spot on her first two juvenile starts last season before making it third time lucky when justifying odds-on favouritism at Salisbury in August.

The runner-up and the fourth home from her maiden victory have both won since to give the form some credence and Autumn Leaves makes her handicap debut and long-awaited return off what appears a very workable mark of 78.

Elerfaan ran a screamer to finish second when a 66-1 shot for his Wetherby debut last month and can go one better at Beverley.

The well-bred son of Shamardal was bought for just £5,000 by his current connections last November, having never run during a spell with Varian.

Now with Rebecca Bastiman, he made his belated introduction in West Yorkshire and shaped with huge promise to fill the runner-up spot.

He must concede weight to eight younger rivals in the Skidby Confined Novice Stakes, but should prove up to the task.


BEVERLEY: 1.30 Bottleared, 2.00 Arnold, 2.30 Moonlit Sands, 3.00 Relight My Fire, 3.30 Vive La Difference, 4.00 Metronomic, 4.30 Elerfaan, 5.00 Amadeus.

CARTMEL: 2.10 Rock Of Leon, 2.40 Geni Johnson, 3.10 Chain Of Beacons, 3.40 Oh Land Abloom, 4.10 Forge Valley, 4.40 Elysian Prince, 5.15 Tonto's Spirit.

GOWRAN PARK: 5.55 The Lords Walk, 6.25 Koybig, 6.55 Shifted Strategy, 7.30 New To Town, 8.00 Challow, 8.30 Reddot Express, 9.00 Darkness Falls.

NOTTINGHAM: 2.20 Capla Rock, 2.50 Pulsating, 3.20 Autumn Leaves, 3.50 DAIRA PRINCE (NAP), 4.20 Channel Packet, 4.50 Quantatmental, 5.25 Sarabi.

RIPON: 6.35 Smile a Mile, 7.05 Gabrials Centurion, 7.40 Militia, 8.10 Sandra's Secret, 8.40 Northwest Frontier, 9.10 M C Muldoon.

WARWICK: 5.05 Mick Maestro, 5.40 Curious Carlos, 6.10 Champ, 6.45 Included, 7.15 Chase Me, 7.50 Royalraise, 8.20 Crown Hill.

DOUBLE: Autumn Leaves and Daira Prince