Neill Dennehy attempts to crack this afternoon's Placepot at Salisbury.
"The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Commend looked unlucky not to finish closer when five-and-a-quarter-lengths sixth to Roserrow at Sandown."
14:20- In the opening five-furlong fillies' maiden, we take the rather unconventional step of opposing Richard Hannon at Salisbury. This isn't something to do lightly, but this race just happens to contain two other horses that have better claims on the figures than his Chutney. Weisse Sochen appeared unlucky not to finish closer when a length-and-a-quarter third to Love In The Desert at Thirsk on her second start. The Ralph Beckett-trained filly stuck to her task well and remains open to improvement. The William Haggas-trained Meeting Waters showed promise when one-and-a-half-lengths second to Hannon's Biography at Sandown on debut and looks a sure improver.
14:50- It would appear folly to oppose the Hannon team in the six-furlong maiden however, given the figure that Brown Sugar posted at Newmarket on debut. The Titus Livius colt is the ready selection. The way he shaped when finishing strongly behind Jallota at Headquarters suggests he is a colt of some potential.
15:20- The three-year-old maiden represents a decent opportunity for Sir Michael Stoute's Meddling to open his account. He came on from his debut when three-and-three-quarter-lengths third to Kyllachy Rise in a C&D maiden last time. The son of Halling is likely to prove best at a mile or further, but can get away with this trip for now.
15:50- The action becomes more competitive with the Class 2 handicap over a mile. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Commend looked unlucky not to finish closer when five-and-a-quarter-lengths sixth to Roserrow at Sandown. The Pivotal gelding was set a hopeless task from out the back off a slow pace. The Hannon-trained Lord of The Shadows probably should have won when three-lengths fourth to Ree's Rascal at Newbury. Having travelled best under Richard Hughes, he was badly hampered two furlongs out.
16:25- Godolphin's Ennistown showed very little rustiness off an eight-month break and in a first-time hood when staying on to beat subsequent Queen's Vase third Ray Ward by a length and three-quarters at Haydock. Having looked awkward at two, he is coming into his own now.
16:55- The final leg looks the toughest to solve and we fire two bullets in the six-furlong fillies' handicap. Glossy Posse resumed her progress when forging clear to win by a length and a-quarter at Salisbury last time. Barbs Princess kept on well to take a Goodwood handicap by two and a quarter lengths and the pair look very likely to be involved here.
14:20 - 3, 9
14:50 - 1
15:20 - 4
15:50 - 10, 12
16:25 - 1
16:55 - 1, 2
= 8 lines
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