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I thought Cieran Fallon gave Imperial Ace a belting ride so to the horse get ran down in the final half furlong was a bit heartbreaking. The front two pulled a 1.5L clear of the third, and he drifted to 14/1 so it would've been a nice return for those who got BOG.
Salisbury 3:20 – Arabic Legend 5/2 (1pt Bet365)
2yo races are tricky for punters as comparing the formlines can be very difficult, but sometimes going with your eye test can be a good indicator and I got the impression that Arabic Legend could be very smart based on his winning debut at Newmarket just over a month ago.
He was a smooth traveller on debut, which is always something I like in a 2yo, especially on their debut as it shows that they are mature for their age. He didn't take a pull, he raced sensibily and made smooth headway through his race before Rob Hornby asked him to put the race to bed and he obliged with a good turn of foot and a strong staying performance over 7f which was encouraging for today's trip of a mile. He is well-bred, being by Dubawi and out of a Canadian Group 1 winning filly trained by Roger Varian, which was over 10f. I like strong staying pedigrees over shorter than ideal distances for 2yo's as the extra stamina can be crucial in races where horses don't have too much experience as some can take a pull and you know for a fact your horse will be staying on strongly when the others have emptied the gas tank.
Andrew Balding has been going great guns this season and that's including the big festivals, he has his yard in great knick. Oisin is on board today which can only be seen a positive.
Salisbury 4:30 – Caernarfon 10/3 (1pt Bet365)
This race will be dominated in the market by the Gosden filly, Running Lion as she was well touted for the Prix de Diana (French Oaks) in the middle of June, going off a relatively short price of 11/2. She bombed out in that race, and I'm not sure why as she had shown a liking to soft ground on her previous starts, but based on that effort I think you've got to take her on, as you're on as good as your last showing.
Caernarfon seems to be the solid horse in this race and though she has been flattered to finish 3rd in the Epsom Oaks, I think there is plenty of ability with her. Based on her other pieces of form like the 6th/16 at Royal Ascot (Group 3) and the good effort in the Nassau at Glorious Goodwood (Group 1) she has to be the one to beat and if she was trained by a Charlie Appleby or John & Thady Gosden she would be much shorter than what she is currently trading. She is versatile on ground and stays this trip out very well.
Jack Channon has started his training career off very strongly and remains in good form with 5 winners in the last fortnight. Connor Beasley has struck up a nice partnership with this filly and he comes down to Salisbury to keep the ride, he is riding very well this season and has also ridden 5 winners in the past 14 days.
Salisbury - 3:20 pm
5/2 @ The Pools
Salisbury - 4:30 pm