Saturday 17 August 2019

Saint has a prayer at Salisbury

Saint Helena can make the most of a drop in class to claim top honours in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Margadale Fillies' Handicap at Salisbury.

Harry Dunlop's charge was last seen finishing a fairly distant fifth in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, a race which was obviously a step too far in terms of ability but shows the regard in which she is held.

The Holy Roman Emperor filly makes much more appeal here, despite the fact she has still to score in handicap company proper.

Technically, she won a handicap at Leicester on her penultimate start but as she was the only runner in that heat, it can barely count as a success.

Saint Helena had previously broke her maiden in good style at Wolverhampton and while she was well held at Lingfield, she got very stirred up before the start and probably threw away what chance she had there and then.

Returned to a more realistic level, Saint Helena can get back on the winning trail.

San Cassiano makes a swift reappearance in the John Smith's Redcar Straight-Mile Championship Handicap at the Cleveland venue.

Ruth Carr's charge has fallen down the handicap after a string of lacklustre efforts, dropping from a high of 90 at the start of the campaign to a mark 10lb lower than that now.

The four-year-old showed some signs of a revival when finishing third at Doncaster on Saturday despite swerving left in the closing stages.

He probably is not the most straightforward of characters but the blinkers brought about an improved effort at the weekend and the headgear can work its magic again.

Set Me Free can score a first career success in the Ladies' Day On Saturday 18th June Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

He was not disgraced in two starts as a juvenile but a gelding operation over the winter seems to have been the making of him and he only lost out by half a length on the all-weather at Kempton last time.

Set Me Free would not be one of Luca Cumani's stable stars but he should be good enough for this mile contest.

Tae Kwon Do can make a successful switch to fences in the IWEC Handicap Chase at Ffos Las.

The five-year-old seems to have thrived since switching to the care of Tim Vaughan and ran out a nine-length victor at Fontwell recently.

Western Approaches can maintain a 100pc record by emerging victorious on her second start in the Follow AtTheRaces On Twitter Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Nicky Henderson's charge is from a solid jumping family and she made a favourable impression when digging deep to win on her debut at Bangor.

The four-year-old obviously has a bit of talent and her attitude is also a huge plus.

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