The Silver Bowl, staged at 15:15, is customarily one of the most hotly-contested three-year-old handicaps in the early part of the Flat season, and this year's renewal is no different. Here Comes When, Newstead Abbey and Red Avenger are just a few worthy of consideration but the vote goes to Code Of Honor, trained by Henry Candy, who rapidly made up into a useful performer last term, hitting the mark at both Newbury and Doncaster. He looked rusty on his reappearance at Kempton last month but he should improve for the outing and that form has worked out fairly well, with the second-placed Glean going on to beat Red Avenger in a Newmarket handicap. Code Of Honor remains with plenty of potential and looks well treated on a mark of 90, so could prove difficult to stop here.
There is no denying that Sole Power had his ideal conditions, i.e a well-run five furlongs on quick ground, when winning the Palace House Stakes earlier this month but things look to be in his favour once more in the Group 2 Temple Stakes with Tangerine Trees and Masamah, both pace horses, drawn around him. Sole Power's performance at Newmarket was right up with the best that he has achieved but, visually at least, it is possible to suggest that he looked better than ever as he tanked through the race before putting matters to bed with a devastating burst of acceleration. Swiss Spirit still boasts plenty of potential and could be the one for the forecast, but Sole Power is expected to take the spoils.
Enobled is the second foal of the top-class Peeress and he has made an encouraging start to his career, finishing third on his one start as a juvenile before winning on his racecourse return at Goodwood, beating a strong-looking field with plenty to spare. Sir Michael Stoute has his string in excellent form at the minute and there has to be a fair chance that the unexposed Enobled will prove to be much better than a 89-rated handicapper in time. He remains open to plenty of improvement and should be capable of taking this en route to bigger and better things.comments powered by Disqus