Today's racecards

Salisbury

  • 16:55 Sportingbet.com 'come On England' Handicap1m 1f 198y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in places from 4f pole to 2f pole)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 6.16s
  • Off time: 16:57:40
16:55 Salisbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sparkling Smile (IRE) 2/1
2nd Grey Bunting 15/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (6) 73288-1 Pink, Dark Blue stars, Pink sleeves, Pink cap, Dark Blue star Valiant Knight (FR) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-6 Richard Hannon R Hughes 78 7/18.00
3 (3) 924-186 Dark Blue, Royal Blue epaulets and armlets, Pink cap Street Entertainer (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-5 Mrs A J Perrett Jim Crowley 77 3/14.00
4 (4) 64-21 Royal Blue, Silver striped sleeves, Red and Royal Blue hooped cap Grey Bunting 22
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-5 B W Hills M Hills 77 15/28.50
5 (5) 7-23 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Raqeeb (USA) 33
Nag me
3 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute R Hills 77 9/25.50
6 (1) 849-11 Royal Blue, Yellow hollow box Sparkling Smile (IRE) 55
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-4 D R Lanigan T E Durcan 76 2/13.00
8 (2) 6542 Beige, Orange chevron, Brown sleeves, Orange cap Shades Of Grey 22
Nag me
3 8-12 C G Cox A Kirby 70 15/28.50
Non runners
1 (7)526-361Kensei (IRE)39-7R M BeckettJim Crowley79
7 (8)73-1Mecox Bay (IRE)39-4A M BaldingJ Fortune76

Verdict

There are five last-time-out winners here but we'll take them all on with RAQEEB. Sparkling Smile and Grey Bunting head the list of dangers. Sir Michael Stoute's charge is a well bred individual who rates much better than the form of his third last time. That qualified him for a handicap mark and we're hopeful connections have found the right race following what was a good effort, as he matched strides with potentially smart Cultivar for a long way before succumbing late on. His debut form has been franked too and we're of the opinion that 77 is a fair mark. Sparkling Smile has rather less questions to answer having landed a pair of handicaps. Clearly he's in grand form but the horse was workmanlike rather than impressive last time and this 4lb higher mark may find him out; perhaps a step up to 1m4f will be the key to unlocking further progress. Grey Bunting is another who will surely stay further although it's hard to crab his winning performance last time, albeit the race wasn't a strong one. Barry Hills' charge is hard to assess as the form of the contest hasn't been tested but the yard are going well. Valiant Knight is interesting up just 2lbs for a ready success at Windsor; he clearly relished stepping up to this distance, in keeping with his pedigree. Mecox Bay was arguably fortunate to win at Folkestone but hasn't been harshly rated by the handicapper and should continue to run well but may find one or two too good, with Raqeeb the pick.