Our resident tipster is hopeful of giving the betting bank a midweek boost with a couple of runners at Salisbury this afternoon.
The Listed race for fillies at Salisbury this afternoon (due off 3.55pm) provides some much needed quality to what is a fairly drab midweek offering.
The 1m1f contest has attracted a field of 14 with a first prize of nearly £24k up for grabs and connections of the Roger Charlton-trained SUFFUSED may well get their hands on the winner’s cheque. Their filly has not stopped improving since finishing second to subsequent Royal Ascot scorer Space Age on her reappearance, and is chasing a hat-trick here after wins at Newbury and in a Class 3 handicap over course and distance last time.
This is a big step up in grade and she’s up against some useful rivals, including Panoma, who finished third in a Group 2 two starts back. However, that horse is proving hard to place and invariably finds trouble in running, whereas the selection has found the winning habit of late and is clearly still improving. She’s a close relative of the same trainer’s Bated Breath and Cityscape, who went on to win at Group level, and this afternoon’s race may prove a stepping stone to similar success.
Lady jockeys are very much in the news and rightly so after a brilliance team performance to land Saturday’s Shergar Cup. Megan Nicholls, daughter of trainer Paul, would have been watching and she could be spurred on to victory on Clive Cox’s PRESSURE in the closing apprentice handicap at the Wiltshire track (5.00pm), in which whips can be carried but not used.
The three-year-old, who showed some promise in three runs at two, surely has a small handicap in him off his current lowly mark of 67. He didn’t quite see out a mile on soft ground at Chepstow last time, having made most of the running, yet still held in for fourth, and his previous fourth at Newbury can be upgraded as he was kicked down at the start and may have been feeling that when hanging.
As a horse who likes to be ridden prominently, he looks ideal for a race of this nature as he could enjoy an uncontested lead up front and we know he stays a bit further. What’s more, his trainer also has a good record in apprentice handicaps with five of his 26 runners (19%) in such races over the past five seasons obliging and backing them all would have yielded a tidy £1 level-stakes profit of £16.25.