BERINGER (3.35) ran subsequent Cambridgeshire winner Wissahickon to under a length on his previous visit to York last summer (pair six lengths clear) and will relish the prevailing firm ground.
He was a tad unlucky in the Lincoln Handicap when hampered shortly after the start before running on into third behind Group-class Auxerre. Alan King's gelding built on that run when scoring gamely at Newmarket last month.
Keith Dalgleish's What's The Story runs in the same colours of yesterday's runaway scorer Soldier's Minute and his Glasgow owner will be keen to play up his winnings. The five-year-old is a danger along with Escobar at a big price, another right at home on firm ground.
PIPES OF PEACE (5.05) looks a juicy price at 8-1 in the concluding two-mile handicap. His third to Austrian School over 1m 6f at Musselburgh was an excellent effort in better company and I'm more worried about the firm ground than this longer trip. Seamus Durack campaigned Pipes Of Peace with success over middle distances at Kempton through the winter and the ex-Aidan O'Brien gelding could well outclass his field if handling the fiery surface.
At Salisbury, MARSHAL DAN (5.25) must go close in the apprentices' handicap. The four-year-old led over a furlong out at Wolverhampton last month but rather threw it away by hanging under pressure. He has winning form at Newbury on fast ground last summer and Heather Main has booked Marco Botti's apprentice Stefano Cherchi to take off 5lb.
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