The midweek racing comes from Salisbury this Thursday, where we’ve picked out six selections to form a tasty-looking place accumulator. With a mix of promising youngsters and handicap regulars, our selections look primed to run well at decent odds. Read on as we analyse the key contenders and give our Salisbury place acca tips for Thursday.
Kicking off the acca is the Richard Hannon-trained Romanova in the 1m 2f novice stakes. This well-bred filly is a sister to top class performer Golden Horn. She looked green on debut at Sandown last month when a distant seventh in a hot listed contest. However, that experience won’t have been lost on her and with natural improvement expected, she looks a big player reverting to novice company.
Danger lurks in the form of the unexposed Lezoo from the Roger Varian yard. But with Ryan Moore aboard, Romanova gets the vote to hit the frame at around 2/1.
Race two is a 1m handicap where the exciting Welleef makes plenty of appeal. He bolted up on debut at Leicester for trainer Owen Burrows, quickening clear in the style of a very nice prospect. The form is hard to weigh up but a 6lb penalty looks lenient for this progressive Lope De Vega colt.
His main market rival is Global Warning who represents the in-form yard of William Haggas. However, Welleef boasts seriously untapped potential and gets the vote at around even money to make the first three.
Anglo Saxson has been a model of consistency this season and deserves respect in race three. He was an excellent third here last week off the same mark of 61. With young pilot Benoit de la Sayette taking off a handy 3lbs, Patrick Owens’ charge warrants support around 3/1 to grab a place again.
The chief threat could come from Red Cavalry who won well at Nottingham last month. But Anglo Saxson’s course form gives him the slight edge.
Race four sees the smart Embesto bid to get back to winning ways after a good second in a Newmarket listed event. He has looked a classy prospect in three career starts for Roger Varian and remains unexposed. This represents a drop in grade plus he has a fitness edge on his rivals.
Around 8/13 to make the frame, Embesto is one of the safest bets on the card to earn some place money. The unexposed Barrier Song looks the main danger for in-form trainer William Haggas.
In the following handicap, top jockey Oisin Murphy takes the ride on promising filly Queen Regent. She’s raced exclusively on the all-weather so far but showed a good attitude when second at Wolverhampton in June. The step up to 1m 2f on turf promises to suit John Gosden’s charge.
At around 8/5 for a place, Queen Regent is fancied to take the step up in grade in her stride. The consistent Papacito could provide the chief competition.
Rounding off our Salisbury place picks is the Owen Burrows-trained Mantoog. He caught the eye in two promising starts before disappointing from a wide draw last time. However, he remains with potential now switching to handicaps from a fair opening mark.
Around 7/2 for a top-three finish, Mantoog is expected to outrun his odds and continue his progression. Chief market rival Oman looks the obvious threat for William Haggas but preference is for Burrows’ charge.
So there we have it – six horses who all look capable of hitting the frame at Salisbury this Wednesday. By placing them in a place accumulator, we stand to collect a very tasty return should they all deliver.
With a mixture of promising youngsters and consistent handicappers, our selections make plenty of appeal at the current odds. Back them each-way in a place accumulator for a potential windfall on what looks a cracking day of racing at Salisbury.
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