Salisbury betting tips
13.00 – Handicap – 1m
It is difficult to gauge on exactly who will come out on top in the opening leg of my Salisbury betting tips, so it might be worth focussing on those towards the top end of the handicap.
RAGSTONE ROAD has yet to fire this season, but he didn’t shape at all that badly when fifth over C&D last time off a 3lb higher mark. He’s now 4lb lower his last winning mark, and his recent form has signalled his turn might be near. I don’t think he will be far away at all.
FLYING DRAGON has found it hard to win for quite some time, but he’s another well-treated horse who is capable of getting involved if putting his best foot forward in this modest race.
I’m also going to throw in the top-weight MR TOP HAT, who won nicely at Chepstow back in July, and backed that up with a couple of solid placed efforts since. He’s 1lb lower since an excellent third at Bath most recently, so he holds relatively solid each-way claims.
Selections: RAGSTONE VIEW, FLYING DRAGON, MR TOP HAT
13.35 – Handicap – 1
Marcus Tregoning has a fair strike-rate at this track, and his runner DARTINGTON has a fair each-way chance. He didn’t appreciate the slow gallop last time out, but wasn’t beaten that far, and the handicapper has effectively dropped him 1lb. If he can settle just a tad better this time around, I’m hopeful he will be thereabouts.
WIGHTMAN ran well over C&D a couple of weeks ago when third of 12 behind two rivals who are now rated 70 plus. He’s also placed third twice before against winners who are now rated 88 and 91, meaning Wightman’s handicap mark of 67 looks lenient. Form-wise, if repeating any of those performances, he should be bang on the premises again.
WIN WIN POWER could have been let in here lightly on handicap debut, and shouldn’t be discounted as he represents a yard who does well with handicap debutants.
Selections: DARTINGTON, WIGHTMAN, WIN WIN POWER
14.10 – Novice Stakes – 1m
Those with experience should hold the edge in this novice stakes race with preference for Mark Johnston’s GOLDEN FLAME, who wasn’t far behind Longlai in a class 2 event over at Goodwood having been sent off favourite. Perhaps the fast ground was the valid excuse for his defeat, so now taking into account that he’s dropped in class with ground conditions looking ideal, he must have an excellent chance of reversing the form.
Furthermore, his half-a-length second on debut behind Devious Company, and his fourth behind Battleground at Royal Ascot has been extremely well advertised since with plenty of horses coming out of each race to win subsequently. William Buick has been booked to ride, which is another further plus, therefore, he’s handed a confident vote to deservedly get off the mark and reverse the Goodwood form with Longlai.
Selections: GOLDEN FLAME
14.40 – Fillies’ Stakes – 6f
This race is likely to provide a nice horse for the future. But with most of these yet to step foot on a racecourse, this won’t be an easy puzzle to solve.
Nevertheless, it might be worth taking a chance on Charlie Hills-debutant STRAWBERRY LINE, who is related to some useful types and could surprise a few at a big price with Richard Kingscote doing the steering. Roger Varian does well with two-year-old’s and debutant LADY HAYES has a good pedigree and perhaps will be ready for this assignment first time out. If she’s as good as her breeding suggests, she could prove to be better than this grade.
Of the other debutants, Andrew Balding’s CLIP and Owen Burrow’s HASANAAT are also worth mentioning. Both have good pedigrees and represent trainers who do well with youngsters. If either of those are ready, they could be dangerous to dismiss with Oisin Murphy on the former and Hollie Doyle taking the ride on the latter.
Selections: STRAWBERRY WINE, LADY HAYES, CLIP, HASANAAT
15.10 – Fillies’ Stakes Group 3 – 6f
We now move onto the feature of the day, and it’s fascinating to see Jessie Harrington send DICKIEDOODA on her travels across to the UK for this specific assignment. She’s won twice in Ireland, including a five-furlong Listed event at Cork. She couldn’t get on terms when only fifth at Naas since, but this longer trip could prove beneficial and the horses Jessie sends over here always deserves the utmost respect.
TIME SCALE’s close-up fourth in Group Two company Newmarket last time reads very well, given the form has taken a strong boost by the second and third winning good pattern races since. Ralph Beckett’s filly had previously won a Listed event comfortably by three-lengths and being the top-rated in this line-up at 102, she ought to prove tough to beat.
Selections: DICKIEDOODA, TIME SCALE
15.40 – Fillies’ Handicap – 6f
Andrew Balding’s CHIL CHIL continued her upward curve of form when making it win number four from her last six races at Ascot last month. She made a complete mockery of her handicap mark 85, so it’s no surprise to see her up 9lb for today’s race. Understandably, this will require more, but she continues to defy the handicapper and a repeat performance from her latest success will surely see her in the mix.
Henry Candy’s BIMBLE was unfortunate to only finish fourth on debut where she endured a luckless passage. She suffered the same sort of problem next time out at Goodwood, when again, not getting a clear run but proved too classy for her opposition, cruising clear to an easy three-length success. This race demands more, but she looks a filly going places and looks set to run a big race now upped in class.
Selections: CHIL CHIL, BIMBLE
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