The opening contest comes from the East Riding track for a nine furlong handicap, which looks an open race.
Peterhouse is a course and distance winner after his success in this race last year and that came off a 3lb higher mark. Jason Ward’s charge is a regular to this track and does have place claims in this race. This four year old has been consistent of late without getting his head back in front. This race could have been a seasonal target but his running style held up out the back could leave him with too much to do.
Mark Johnston is trying to utilise Abareeq’s lower turf mark following joy on the all weather. This three year old son of Haatef is unexposed at this trip and is worth another go after finishing down the field in a better race than this at the Glorious Goodwood meeting. He stayed on well over a mile here two starts ago and is worth considering.
My vote is going to David O’Meara’s new inmate Taraz. His front running style from stall four should play well to this tracks configuration, which has seen prominent runners having more success. Formerly with Roger Varian this four year old won consecutive races at Windsor and Epsom for his previous handler. He hasn’t been seen for 72-days but Racing Post records have the stable switch at only five days ago, so the O’Meara magic may not have rubbed off just yet but he is an interesting prospect.
15:50 Salisbury The Upavon Fillies’ Stakes is a Listed race over nine furlongs and favourites have a poor recent record – the last favourite to triumph was Alsace Lorraine back in 2010. Two years ago Henry Candy saddled Lady Pimpernel to victory and his charge Chain Of Daisies comes into this with a live chance. The Candy yard has turned a corner and is started to have winners, which is a positive for her chances. This daughter of Rail Link improved for her reappearance when fifth at Newcastle. She made good progress at this time last year and was fourth in this race, which brings optimism to her chances this time around. Roger Varian is having a quiet time of things with rumours of a possible virus around Newmarket. His charge Sharja Queen steps up in class after running away with a handicap here last month when winning by 6l. She has improved for this extra trip but with question marks about the health of the yard then she could prove a little short on the overnight prices. Sagaciously is a filly that looks a little difficult to place. She won nicely at Goodwood and quick ground looks to be the key to her. Ed Dunlop gives her a chance in a Listed race once more but she is 0-5 in this class with her best finish a fourth. The well-bred Very Dashing is unexposed and got off the mark at the third time of asking and did so in a fashion that suggested she had more to offer. Luca Cumani is a good trainer of fillies’ and she is one to check in the markets. Chain Of Daisies (E/W) 18:50 Bath With no watering systems in place at the Somerset track it is no surprise to see firm ground. Go On Go On Go On is the solid one going in search of her hat trick. She won readily here at the start of July before winning in good style at Windsor to follow up. For those consecutive wins the handicapper has raised her 10lb, so has taken no chances but she still looks like she has more to offer at this level for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby. The fly in the ointment is Cocoa Beach for Sir Mark Prescott. She made a winning debut, which hinted she may be a useful type but she looked unsuited by Lingfield when third then went down narrowly by a head 18-days ago. This is the first time she’s raced on turf and over this five furlong trip, so there are question marks whether she’ll find this too stiff but this galloping track may suit. Cherry Kool was a last time out win in emphatic fashion and has gone up 6lb for that success. She’s upped in class and has work on her plate to double up whilst Robert Cowell will be hoping the cheekpieces can spark Just Us Two back into life. Go On Go On Go On (WIN)