Sidereal didn’t need to improve to get off the mark at Salisbury in August, putting his experience to good use in controlling a slowly-run race, quickening clear over two furlongs out and keeping on well to win cosily.
Making his handicap debut over this course and distance last time, Sidereal showed improved form to finish fourth, doing enough to suggest that his opening mark is a fair one. That looks a solid piece of form, and with improvement anticipated, Sidereal is taken to open his account in this sphere at the second time of asking.
El Salvaje shaped well on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton in August, meeting too much trouble to really have a say in proceedings, and he stepped up on that effort when running well over this course and distance last time, the first time he had run over 1m 2f.
He travelled smoothly over the longer trip and made good headway out wide over two furlongs out, throwing down a strong challenge but just unable to get the better of one dropping in grade. El Salvaje is still unexposed and is taken to find the improvement needed to get off the mark.
Street Parade hasn’t covered himself in glory in his recent runs, without excuses as he has finished down the field in handicaps at Newmarket and Ascot, but he has recently joined Michael Attwater’s yard, a stable that generally does well with sprinters, and that could be just the spark he needs to reignite his career.
This represents a drop in grade for Street Parade, who is undoubtedly capable of winning at this level in the pick of his old form, and with the booking of William Buick a positive one, today could be the day he belatedly regains the winning thread.
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