Jewel In My Crown sets the standard on her eyecatching third at Haydock and is open to progress on this step up in trip. She’s respected along with Lingfield debut winner Tornadic but there are also several interesting newcomers in the line up. Richard Hannon’s pair need a close look in the market but it might be worth siding with the Derby-entered ALBANMAN, who is out of a half-sister to three Group 1 winners and represents a yard with a 24% strike-rate with 2yos here in recent years.
This looks tricky but the vote goes to Roger Charlton’s IN THE BREEZE, who was not beaten far behind a 4-11 shot in a better 1m race at Goodwood 14 days ago and should know much more on this second start. Parish Academy showed clear promise on Polytrack on his debut and looks interesting if he can build on that, while there are several newcomers who need watching in the market including Bashful, Percy’s Lad and Richard Hannon’s two runners.
6f Chelmsford novice winner ROYAL MUSKETEER is open to improvement now up in trip on his nursery debut and is the selection ahead of Arsonist, who was unsuited by a tactical race at Lingfield (AW) on his first handicap start. Another to consider is Storm Dreamer, who had an excuse in the mud at Beverley and could resume his progress here.
It’s hard to rule out many of these but preference is for Yarmouth debut winner KADUPUL, who is back in calmer waters after a tough assignment in Listed company, and this well-bred filly still has plenty of potential for a top yard. Another nursery newcomer Bay of Whispers is feared most, though Julie Johnston was a good second at Hamilton last week and should make another bold bid. Others to consider are Flirty Rascal and Mariance, who both ran well when second and third in Class 2 event at Goodwood on Tuesday.
Chris Wall’s return of 5-14 with his 3yos since the start of August already includes a breakthrough success for MOLLY SHAW (nap), who could have done it easier still at Yarmouth had she settled, and a 7lb rise may not contain this daughter of Helmet. Spring Campaign and recent course second Diamond Cottage head the list of alternatives.
Cadeau D’Or was a promising fifth at Sandown on his sole 2yo run and that form has worked out really well, but he returns from a year off here and slight preference is for SECOND SLIP, who kept on well when runner-up behind a useful odds-on rival at Bath on his recent debut. Another to keep an eye on is Jacinta De Vega, who ran green when only 8-1 for a Windsor novice last month and could take a major step forward on her second start.
A useful but trappy conditions race. The weights just about favour FLOATING ARTIST and, after creditable efforts at Ascot (when upped to this trip) and then at a shorter trip at Windsor on his last two starts, he may be the answer. The still far from fully exposed Rock Eagle is next best ahead of Trueshan.
No obvious standout candidate, so with a few prominent racers lining up it’s perhaps worth chancing that PECKINPAH either receives or contrives for himself enough of a stamina test at the trip, having got outpaced at an inopportune moment upped to 1m6f at Sandown last time. Spring Run and General Zoff bring solid C&D placed form to the table, and are taken to vie for minor honours once more.
Salisbury horse racing tips
- Paul Jacobs’ 4 big-price fancies for Saturday
- Timeform’s fantastic 3 at Sandown today
- Top tips for EVERY race at Doncaster on Friday