The D & N Construction Sovereign Stakes (4.05pm) at Salisbury is the feature race in Britain on Thursday afternoon.
We will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for this Group 3 one mile contest, together with tips for two other races on the card, a 6f fillies’ handicap at 2.55pm along with a competitive 14-runner 1m handicap at 3.30pm.
Our Tip for the 2.55pm at Salisbury:
An open fillies’ sprint handicap despite only seven runners. Top weight She Do would take plenty of beating if she was to reproduce her Sandringham Stakes fourth place at Royal Ascot over this 2f shorter trip, while the three horses at the bottom of the weights, First Lott, Silent Flame and Velocistar are all capable of running big races.
However, following a promising reappearance over today’s course and distance just over two weeks ago, the Richard Hannon-trained Bella Notte looks sure to go close in the hands of Pat Dobbs.
The daughter of Twilight Son posted some decent form as a juvenile last year, including when running out a shock 66/1 winner here over seven furlongs in September. After a break of 273 days Bella Notte beat all bar stablemate Theotherside on her three-year-old debut last month, looking as if she would come on for the run.
A 3lb higher mark looks fair enough for that promising neck defeat and with normal improvement Bella Notte can open her account for the season.
Our Tip for the 3.30pm at Salisbury:
Plenty of the 14 runners for this one mile Class 6 handicap can be given some kind of a chance, in particular last time out winners Fitzrovia and Incorrigible. Woodcock, Invincible Soldier and Girl From Ipamema are others to consider. But it could be worth taking a chance on the John Jenkins-trained Amal repeating her course victory of two months ago.
The daughter of No Nay Never has shown only moderate form on an all-weather surface. But there was no fluke about her cosy turf win over a furlong shorter than today’s trip.The mount of talented 5lb claimer Adam Farragher met trouble in running on her most recent start at Yarmouth but was still beaten only five lengths and is taken to outrun her odds in an open race.
Our Tip for the 4.05pm at Salisbury:
The day’s feature has attracted a decent field of horses just below the top level, with 11lb covering all ten runners. On a mark of 115, the William Knight-trained Sir Busker is the highest rated. But the mount of Callum Shepherd will need to perform better than when only seventh in an Ascot’s Group 2 last time if the five-year-old is to win for the first time since taking the consolation Royal Hunt Cup last June.
Duke Of Hazzard failed to beat a single horse in this race 12 months ago. But the mount of James Doyle wasn’t beaten far when third in a similar race at Newmarket last time and can never be written off at this level. Solid Stone and Mums Tipple are another two who could be there at the finish. But, as has been the case of late, this can go the way of one of the trio of three-year-old contenders.
Despite being beaten at odds of ⅕ on his reappearance, King Vega, from the in-form Andrew Balding stable, still has the potential to prove himself a group performer on just his fifth career start. But it is the John & Thady Gosden inmate Megallan who makes the most appeal.
The only time the son of Kingman has disappointed was when racing on soft/heavy ground and is better judged on the colt’s three quarters of a length second to Irish Derby winner Hurricane Lane in York’s Dante Stakes. The drop back in trip should not inconvenience Robert Havlin’s mount who can record yet another win for the Classic generation.
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