Trainer Eric Alston looks set to send Ridge Ranger to the Stewards’ Cup
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By Alex Wiltshire 13:15PM 13 JUL 2016
RIDGE RANGER, who made-all to win the Group 3 Summer Stakes at York on July 8, looks set to stay over six furlongs and be turned out for a tilt at the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood on July 30, according to her trainer Eric Alston.
The five-year-old could return to the scene of her Wetherbys Private Banking Stakes win a year ago over five furlongs, however she will have to carry a 6lb penalty at Goodwood following her victory at York.
“She came out of her win at York with no bother whatsoever and I think her owner (and breeder) Mr (Con) Harrington would like to go back to Goodwood with her,” remarked Alstson. “She will have to carry a 6lb penalty, but her rating has gone up to 110 now anyway.
“She won over six furlongs earlier in her career but then seemed to get quicker, so we started running her over five. We thought five furlongs was her trip after she won at Goodwood last year but she was very good at York.”
The early entries for the Stewards’ Cup has the potential to make it an extremely competitive affair, with Brando and Outback Traveller, who could only be separated by a neck in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot, having entries which would renew their rivalry.
However Alston feels that the half-sister of Kings’ Stand winner Profitable will be right up there, as long as the ground is not at either extreme of the spectrum.
“I think the main thing is the ground with her. She seems to get bogged down if it’s too soft but we were worried about it being too firm at York. They had six millimetres of rain overnight and it just made the going perfect for her.”