Alston mare Royal Ascot bound

Ridge Ranger (right) just collared by Jane's Memory (right)

Ridge Ranger (right) just collared by Jane's Memory (right)

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It’s next stop Royal Ascot for Ridge Ranger, trained at Longton by Eric Alston, after a fine run to come second in the EBF Stallions Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock Park on Saturday

Alston is targeting the Wokingham Stakes at the Royal meeting following her second to Jane’s Memory at the Lancashire track.

Ridge Ranger got the measure of the early pacesetter Marsh Hawk in the Haydock listed prize, but was gunned down in the final furlong by the outsider Jane’s Memory, who finished with a flourish on the stands side.

It was an admirable effort by the six-year-old mare Ridge Ranger, for she had to give four pounds to the winner on account of her listed victory at Nottingham on her previous run.

The mount of Jason Hart, she went down by half a length at the hands of the winner, the ex-French Jane’s Memory, trained by Rae Guest.

Alston said: “We will probably run her in the Wokingham next. She won’t have any problem getting in the race as she has a rating of 103 and I don’t think she can be put up much after that.”

Ridge Ranger will be bidding to go one better than the Alston-trained Ellens Academy, who finished runner-up to Nice One Clare in the 2001 Wokingham.