Salisbury stage racing this afternoon and that's where we head for Wednesday's attempt at the Placepot...
There are some interesting sorts here, but Lightning Spear could prove a class apart, unbeaten in three starts and a very taking winner at Lingfield last time when he finished with an impressive late surge...
14:10- The Hannon team have a tremendous record in this maiden and their representative Hairdryer, who is a half-brother to the smart Emell, makes considerable appeal on paper. We'll also add Mark Johnston's newcomer Montsarrat as he is a half-brother to several winners, hails from a yard in good form and was the most expensive purchase in this line-up.
14:40- Angelito is on a long losing run at present but he is proving consistent, regularly hitting the frame, and has the advantage of a good-value 5-lb claimer in the saddle. He ought to give a good account and is the first horse that we'll turn to. We'll also include Whitecrest as he too arrives in good heart and the well-regarded Cam Hardie takes off 3 lb.
15:10- Racquet impressed when quickening up well to win a maiden here earlier in the month, but he is sure to take up a huge proportion of the Placepot and faces some promising rivals, so may be worth taking on with Twin Sails and Unilit. Twin Sails was successful in a Newbury maiden on debut and is likely to progress, whilst Unilit improved to land a Pontefract maiden, relishing the step up to six furlongs, and is likely to give another good account of herself.
15:45- This is a good-quality handicap with plenty open to improvement. Marmot failed to meet expectations at Haydock but he didn't have everything go his own way on that occasion and he quickly got back on the right track when scoring in cosy fashion at Brighton recently. Marmot looked to be idling at Brighton and should be well suited by this step up to a mile and a half, so remains open to plenty of improvement. We'll also include Life Less Ordinary as he won in taking style at Windsor and should be forgiven a disappointing performance at Haydock as the drop in trip on softer ground possibly played against his strengths, while he possibly found the run coming soon enough.
16:20- Air Squadron has returned in fine fettle this term, winning at Chepstow and Newmarket, and he can continue his improvement by completing the hat-trick. He has twice run well at this track before, including when winning last season, and a bold bid looks on the cards.
16:55- There are some interesting sorts here, but Lightning Spear could prove a class apart, unbeaten in three starts and a very taking winner at Lingfield last time when he finished with an impressive late surge. Lightning Spear hasn't stood a great amount of racing, but he's clearly very talented and should prove capable of extending his unbeaten record.
14:10- 3, 7
14:40- 4, 6
15:10- 1, 6
15:45- 5, 6
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