Sunday's drop back to six furlongs on decent ground was always unlikely to prove a sufficient enough test for GOURAY GIRL (Newcastle, 5.30).

Her chance wasn't aided by a sluggish start and Ripon is one of those tracks where, because of the undulations, it can be hard to make up ground, especially over sprint trips. In the circumstances, Brian Ellison's six-year-old ran very respectably and, the hood that was used for her winning Doncaster reappearance, appears to have helped her find some consistency. She had anything but a hard race 48 hours ago under Dale Swift and is sure to find Newcastle's seven furlongs more to her liking today.

A runner from John Berry's Newmarket base can be as rare as a Luis Suarez apology so the return to Colwick Park by ZAROSA (Nottingham, 3.20) should be noted. The daughter of Barathea is quietly progressive, winning her last two over today's course and distance and on her seasonal reappearance at Newcastle over 12 furlongs. She has struck up an excellent understanding with apprentice Noel Garbutt who has been on board for both of those victories and the duo look to have a leading chance of completing a hat-trick.

Confidence would be increased with further rainfall at Nottingham.

Richard Hannon is not normally a trainer to follow at Pontefract but MALACHIM MIST (Pontefract, 7.20) is hard to pass over after his impressive Goodwood romp. Five furlongs at Newbury was too sharp for the colt on debut but the extra trip proved the key last time as he powered clear, then to be eased down. He looks a decent two-year-old.

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