EXPECT some Good, competitive racing on Wednesday at both Salisbury and Yarmouth, Salisbury in particular should be applauded for putting on a 10 furlongs listed race for fillies worth £30,000.
It is this race, the Exceed and Excel Upavon Fillies Stakes, that we’ll start with this week. A host of good fillies have entries including some group horses, including Seta, one-time 1000 Guineas favourite from last year, and Anna Salai who was fancied for last year’s Coronation Stakes. Anna Salai has solid form after finishing second to Timepiece before flopping in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot. Although she is expected to appreciate the step up in trip, she has form to find with Seta, and should be overlooked.
The Sir Mark Prescott trained Clinical is an interesting horse, her third place finish ahead of Timepiece in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Group 3) was a very smart performance, Timepiece having won both a listed race and the Falmouth Stakes in her next two outings.
That said, top rated horse SETA looks to set the standard and should take all the beating. She seems to thrive on good ground, and her only two losses this year have come on unsuitable ground. Her other four victories have all been in listed company, and she clearly thrives at that level. Kieren Fallon, man of the moment after his victory in the French Oaks Sunday on Dancing Rain, gets on well with her which is another plus.
A solid class four handicap is the appetiser to the main course at Salisbury and the Clive Cox trained PERFECT CRACKER could hold the answers to this trappy handicap. Dropped in after the mandatory three runs, he was unlucky last time out in a maiden finishing a ¾ lengths third behind the Sir Henry Cecil trained Celestyna. On his first run he was just two lengths behind Richard Hannon’s Measuring Time, and the form from that race looks good. He is stoutly bred, and looks to hold a solid each way chance, with the Godolphin horse Terdaad likely to prove strong in their market under the ever-popular Frankie Dettori.
Deacon Blues hacked up for trainer James Fanshawe on Sunday, and ‘The Skeleton’ can have another winner Wednesday courtesy of LLEWELLYN. Steadily improving in his three maiden runs, the gelded son of Shamardal looks to be on an upward curve and is another making his debut in handicap company. The form of his last maiden looks solid and he should be a decent price too.
4.05 (Salisbury) Seta (Nap)
3.35 (Salisbury) Perfect Cracker (Ew)
2.50 (Yarmouth) Llewellyn
The Yorkshireman – Jack Milner