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Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy: Shouldvebeenaring delivers for couple who chose horse over engagement ring | Racing News

shouldvebeenaring had three wins on the rebound when he graduated to the listed level of the two-year British EBF Ripon Champion Stallion Studs.

Winner of Yorkshire’s penultimate start, Havana Gray Colt earned a big sales prize at York on its final start, prompting coach Richard Hannon and owner Middleham Park Racing to raise their sights on this six-season competition.

Partnered with Shawn Levy, the Horizon should have swinging Bolt Action with two furlongs to run, and while the second bravely crowded into the shadows of the post, the 3/1 winner was very good, victorious with a neck.

Al-Karar, runner-up in the Richmond Stakes, was the favorite on 11/8 but lost all chances at the start, breaking slowly before taking over mid-track and eventually falling back as he said his early efforts. .

Hannon is now looking forward to getting a step up in the class and a trip to the winner’s next outing.

Shouldvebeenaring and Washington Heights cross the winning streak together in York
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Shouldvebeenaring and Washington Heights cross the winning streak together in York

He said, “I’m happy with that. He could be a very good horse and he’s just gotten better.

“It was a fairly quick turnaround from the York race, but he handled it really well. He got a little pissed off early in the race and I think he will improve for seven furlongs as well.

Shaun Levy rode the colors of Middleham Park to beat Sholdvein at Ribbon
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Shaun Levy rode the colors of Middleham Park to beat Sholdvein at Ribbon

“I almost put him in two races this morning, but we would be very happy to sit on him and take our time.

“It was such a pleasure – and I got a little piece of it myself, which makes a difference!”

He added, “I think we might go seven gallons with him next time. He won this really well and it was quite a competitive race.

“He’s a very nice horse to get on, so we’ll see him in class and maybe more than seven next time.”

“We got the ring, it could be the next marriage!”

The talented two-year-old owes his name to co-owners Chris Thompson and Liz Watson, who chose to buy their stakes in the horse rather than buy an engagement ring.

Fortunately, the couple’s decision paid off and they spent their earnings from York’s success on the lost jewels.

Thompson said Sky BEIN Racing: “If it turns out to be just a litter horse, that’s on me! Fortunately, he’s absolutely stunning.”

Watson added, “If you have to keep winning, you never know, we might actually be able to get married!”

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