Horse Racing Tips: Through the card at Salisbury on Sunday with Timeform

The mighty Timeform guide us through the action at Salisbury on Sunday with a best bet for every race.

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14:08 Dame Bianca

Dame Bianca produced her best effort yet when fitted with first-time blinkers at Brighton last time, not beaten far in third after launching a bold bid from the front. She is still relatively lightly raced and could take some catching if similarly bold tactics are employed.

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14:38 Rose Hip

Tom Marquand gets a fine tune out of Rose Hip and he registered a sixth success aboard the mare at Windsor last month. She was well on top at the finish, scoring by a length and a quarter, and a 4 lb rise in the weights should not prove beyond her with Marquand back in the saddle. Conditions will likely be quick at Salisbury on Sunday but that won’t be an issue for Rose Hip, who won three times last season on ground deemed good to firm or faster by Timeform.

15:08 Cardinal Rouge

There’s not much evidence in the formbook to go on here, with all but one of the runners making their debut, but Cardinal Rouge makes appeal on paper. Cardinal Rouge, a 70,000 guineas yearling purchase, is by Holy Roman Emperor and is closely related to a six-furlong juvenile winner, so there is speed in his pedigree. It’s also worth noting that his trainer Ralph Beckett has been going well with his two-year-olds.

15:38 Khaadem

Khaadem looked a potential star when winning the Stewards’ Cup a couple of seasons ago, but he has yet to hit the heights expected of him. He has certainly been disappointing on both starts this season, but the testing ground at Haydock offers a legitimate excuse for his latest effort and he will relish the return to this sounder surface. He was fourth in the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup last season and should prove far too good for his rivals if reproducing that sort of form.

16:08 Sunset Bay

Sunset Bay was seemingly handed a stiff enough opening mark based on what she achieved in maiden company but she ran well on her handicap debut at York last month, shaping better than the result would suggest. She was only sixth in that competitive affair but appeared to find a mile on testing ground putting too much of an emphasis on stamina. The drop back to seven furlongs will suit and she remains open to improvement.

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16:38 Deep Snow

Deep Snow is lightly raced for a four-year-old but she has run well on both outings and should prove difficult to beat on her return. She was an encouraging second at Newbury on her only start as a juvenile, splitting a couple of useful fillies, and she didn’t need to match that level to get off the mark in a much weaker affair at Ripon last summer. The step up in trip is a slight concern on her return from another long layoff – she is not bred to want this far – but she sets a good standard and should be too good for these.

17:10 George Bancroft

George Bancroft offered little in three starts in maiden/novice company at seven furlongs and a mile last year, but he could prove a different proposition now going handicapping up in trip. George Bancroft is bred to thrive over middle-distances – he is by Derby winner Australia and out of a mare placed at a mile and a quarter – so it would be little surprise were he to take a big step forward now tackling this more suitable test. He makes his return to action with trainer Roger Varian in superb form.

Timeform’s Salisbury tips

14:08 Dame Bianca
14:38 Rose Hip
15:08 Cardinal Rouge
15:38 Khaadem
16:08 Sunset Bay
16:38 Deep Snow
17:10 George Bancroft

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