With Punchestown and Sandown behind us, we are well and truly into the flat season.
The race catching our eye today is the fillies handicap (1700 BST) at Salisbury. It is often foolish to oppose a Michael Stoute trained filly, but his Aristocratic looks quite short in the market considering her one win in eight runs came in a weak all-weather maiden.
Nightingale Valley makes some appeal after a strong finishing win on the all-weather over 6f last time. We though will be looking for an upset here.
Here’s Two was shaping up as an improving filly last mid-summer until finishing last of eight at Sandown. Even then she wasn’t beaten that far, but we can assume something was wrong as that late July run was a premature end to a season.
She returned from a long break to run a very promising fifth at Windsor a few weeks ago when entitled to need the run. A subsequent close up fifth of seven on the all-weather at Lingfield can be excused as that turning circuit and synthetic surface may not have suited.
She is stepped back to 7f here, and we expect she can return to the promise of that Windsor seasonal debut. Her proven stamina should allow jockey Luke Morris to ride an aggressive race and she could just cause a shock.
Recommendation: Here’s Two, (1700 Salisbury), 14/1, each way, generally available.
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