Today’s horse racing preview comes from Salisbury with two selections from the meeting.
14.30 Salisbury – Become A Wiltshire Freemason EBF Novices Stakes (6.9f)
There are a few interesting newcomers in this race non other than Roger Varian’s Jamil. The fact that they have waited until the back end of the season to bring him on to a race course considering he is a late March juvenile is interesting, as most March juveniles would have competed at Royal Ascot or even Goodwood.
The son of Dansili won’t mind any rain or softening ground here at Salisbury today, as the sire won his only run as a juvenile on heavy ground over today’s index, so you have to feel the genes have been passed down.
Richard Hannon’s yard have picked up in recent weeks, the yard send three contenders here who for me all have to step up on what they have shown so far. You can never pinpoint looking at a horse from this yard on jockey bookings, Hollie Doyle has done herself proud this season, as has Sean Levey, but with Pat Dobbs booked to ride Roundhead you would have thought this was the one they would be more interested in improving off the back of his first run.
Seventh on debut at Ascot when behind Fajjaj of Hugo Palmer’s, who recently showed improvement when finishing fourth to the smart Elarqam in the Somerville Stakes, the runner up Court of Justice heads straight to this years juvenile Group 1 Racing Post Trophy this month, so you would expect this son of Helmet to improve quickly. Tullyallan finished fourth on debut at Newmarket when behind a smart looking individual in Shabaaby of Owen Burrrows, apart from the winner the opposition looked mediocre and could flattened his run behind simple types.
City Gent and newcomer Consultant deserve recognition, the latter represents a yard who’s younger generation are running very well. Consultant comes from a sprinting back-ground pedigree being the son of Kodiac, however the dam did win over 10f on her debut run which came on quicker ground, 8f maybe a little ambitious on debut on this type of ground. City Gent equipped himself well on debut when running sixth at Yarmouth.
The winner Imperial Past has a Listed entry at Doncaster this week, and the fifth Tamkeen is booked to run in a few days at Redcar. This has attracted some nice well bred individuals, and I have just given the nod to Roger Varian’s Jamil, with Roundhead and City Gent to chase him home, I would not be surprised to see Consultant run well also on debut.
JAMIL : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)
15.05 Salisbury – Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes (6f)
I would like to think Richard Hannon’s Algam can reverse the form here at Salisbury with The Children’s Trust from their Goodwood encounter which saw the latter win at 100/1. I thought Frankie Dettori gave him a schooling ride to be fair, never put the horse in the race, eased down, with Frankie not having to work again after his Arc triumph on Enable last weekend, Sean Levey gets the recall, the jockey is the only one that has ridden and got a tune out of him when guiding the selection to success at Leicester back in August.
To be fair the Leicester maiden is looking interesting considering the second and third have both competed in better company at Newmarket and Newbury of late when behind potentially pattern horses. Algam looked to have bumped into a nice sort again at Chelmsford in Charlie Appleby’s Old Persian who’s declared this week at Newmarket.
David Evans won this last year with Smokey Lane, this year they have teamed up with Jim Crowley to ride their entry here Mr Top Hat. I thought his run at Newbury was below average when behind Richard Hannon’s debutant Orange Suit. He was beaten on debut on soft ground and on what he showed there I am not convinced these conditions are favourable.
Ralph Beckett’s Nine Below Zero gets the aids of the visor for the first time, since his two wins he was put into the deep end when competing the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Ascot to be dropped in class and finish a poor second last in a class 3 Nursery. He is another that the jury is out if he can handle the heavy conditions, if so his resume would put him in the mix. However, Algam should be coming out of this with a win, with possible Nine Below Zero the main danger.
ALGAM : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)
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