Bets Of The Day: Stoute's Precision the one to follow at Salisbury

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute sends staying prospect Precision to Salisbury on Sunday

A close second for Alan Dudman yesterday with Maypole, but our man is hoping to go one better with a pair of bets at Salisbury on Sunday...

"His improvement came when upped in trip to 1m6f in two runs at Sandown and Nottingham; and the latter looks an excellent piece of form when he finished fourth in the Colwick Cup."

Back Precision @ 4.03/1 in the 16:15 at Salisbury

The price is right for Zaria

14:30 Salisbury - Back Zaria @ 7.06/1

Small fields are the order of the day, and so is testing ground. That should suit Zaria, and she is worth chancing in a fairly open-looking contest.

It's low-grade stuff for this 1m2f race, but Zaria is consistent and holds her form well. Bar a couple of blips, she churned out some solid runs in 2017.

In fact, she started 12 months ago from a rating of 62, and today she runs from 55. She isn't going to improve as a 7yo, but she acts in heavy ground and has the assistance of Gabriele Malune's 5lb claim.

The conditions dictate this bet.

Stoute stayer to stay stoutly

16:15 Salisbury - Back Precision @ 4.03/1

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute is beginning to click into gear. With a couple of winners at Sandown on Friday and one at Leicester yesterday, I am sticking with his Precision in this staying handicap.

This looks a good race, and Precision could well be the best prospect longer term in this field following a strong end to his campaign in 2017.

His improvement came when upped in trip to 1m6f in two runs at Sandown and Nottingham; and the latter looks an excellent piece of form when he finished fourth in the Colwick Cup. He wasn't ideally drawn in that race and saw plenty of daylight, but there was a lot of promise there.

By Galileo and a mother who stayed 12.5f, this horse is bred to stay well. I am happy to take a chance on him with his first run for the season, albeit in a race that could be a real test in forecast heavy ground.

Rated 80, there is a lot more to come from him.

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