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Bright Approach can shine in Ribblesdale Stakes

| 19.06.2014

Trainer John Gosden has already tasted big race success this week at Royal Ascot, and Bright Approach looks decent value to provide him with another winner in today’s Ribblesdale Stakes (3.45).

The Newmarket handler, whose Kingman ran out the brilliant winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes, has saved Bright Approach for this since she finished third to Anipa in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester.

The daughter of New Approach didn’t seem to handle the tight turns of the Roodee, and quickly found herself in the last trio.

However, Bright Approach then stayed on in tremendous style when switched out two furlongs from home to be beaten just two lengths and was gaining hand over first at the finish.

The filly ran a far better race than the bare result indicates, and prior to that run Bright Approach had looked a smart prospect when making a winning debut at Newbury.

After being slowly away and held-up in the last pair at the Berkshire venue, Bright Approach made good headway two from home before showing a smart turn of foot to lead inside the final furlong and win easing down by 1 1/2 lengths from Be My Gal.

The runner-up has scored since in Listed company, and the fourth home Marsh Daisy has gone on to win twice.

There is little doubt in my mind that Bright Approach has the potential to win a race of this nature, and the decision by Gosden to bypass Epsom and keep her fresh for this contest looks a shrewd move.

Inchila went to Epsom and ran a stormer to finish fourth to Taghrooda in the Investec Oaks.

The Peter Chapple-Hyam trained filly should arguably have finished runner-up having been denied a clear run on several occasions when trying to come from off the pace.

The daughter of Dylan Thomas looks a major player on that run, but her tendency to be slowly away has to be a big concern.

Inchila also had a very hard race at Epsom, and may find this race coming too quickly.

The one that could give Bright Approach plenty to think about is French raider Vazira.

The daughter of Sea The Stars has won two of her three starts, and including a Group 3 contest.

The filly is unexposed and on an upward curve, and her handler Alain De Royer-Dupre does extremely well with his overseas raiders.



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.