Thursday sees the final meeting of the flat season at Salisbury Racecourse, and they sign off for winter with a bumper eight-race card.
The first five races on the card are all contests for two-year-olds, which, from a betting perspective, could see some shock results, particularly on the forecasted Soft ground.
However, with plenty of juice in the ground, it could pay to side with horses who have Soft ground form in the three handicaps that end the card.
4:30pm Salisbury - Coco Bear
All six of Coco Bear’s career wins have come on ground with Soft in the description, and he was in excellent form earlier this season when notching a hat-trick of wins in April and May.
He was down the field at Goodwood last time out but fluffed the start and was allowed to come home at his own pace under jockey Rob Hornby.
Hector Crouch is booked for the ride today and has ridden Coco Bear four times before, winning on two occasions.
5:35pm Salisbury - Royal Deeside
Royal Deeside is yet to win after six career starts, but he put in his best effort to date last time out when placing 4th at Sandown on Heavy going at the start of August.
The form of that contest has seen the horses that finished 3rd, 5th, and 8th that day all come out and win since, including Grand Providence, who won the Class 2 Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket and is now rated at 85.
Rossa Ryan takes the ride on Royal Deeside for the first time, and he’s showing a £22 profit to £1 level stakes when riding for Alan King over the last 12 months.
About Salisbury Racecourse
Salisbury is a right-handed loop course which holds flat racing only. The straight course is uphill throughout the last half-mile, making it a testing finish, so the ability to see out the trip is important.
The Wiltshire course hosts three Listed contests over the summer, but the highlight of Salisbury’s season is the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes, traditionally staged in August - this year’s race was a dead-heat between Mighty Ulysees and Embesto.
Top Salisbury Trainers
Roger Varian has a 25% strike rate at Salisbury with his runners over the last three years, while Hughie Morrision’s horses are also worth keeping a close eye on - he sits at a 23% strike rate over the same period.
Top Salisbury Jockeys
Rossa Ryan and Oisin Murphy are the men to have in the saddle around Salisbury - Ryan has a 27% strike rate with his rides in the last three years, while former Champion Jockey Murphy sits on 23%.
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