THERE is some cracking midweek action to get our teeth into and the Bibury Cup at Salisbury is an intriguing handicap, with KIEFER (4.20) getting the nod.
Eve Johnston Houghton's colt beat Alhaazm and Gantier at Newbury, building on his well-held second to Eagles By Day (third at Royal Ascot last week). He was strong at the finish over 1m 3f at Newbury so this extra furlong should play to his strengths.
There is a big whisper for last year's winner Power Of Darkness in the mile handicap but that has opened the door for a sizeable each-way bet on NICKLAUS (4.20). William Haggas has booked Ryan Moore and Nicklaus has some rock-solid form on quick ground, with his recent third to War Glory at Chelmsford City another fine effort. Power Of Darkness ran Beringer close before disappointing last time. He has been given a nice break and has attracted money.
APPOINTED (4.00) hacked up at Ripon last Wednesday, landing some hefty bets in the process, and is fancied at a big price in the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle. Tim Easterby's gelding won here as a two-year-old, so has no problems with the track, and Appointed had almost four lengths in hand at Ripon, despite being eased down. He remains competitive, despite having to carry a 5lb penalty.
The Cumbrian track has put on a tremendous card, with the historic Carlisle Bell the feature. CLUB WEXFORD (3.30) put clear daylight between himself and his rivals when making all at Ayr last Friday evening and is clearly in the form of his life. He may not get it all his own way up front this time, with last Saturday's Ayr winner Lamloom another confirmed trail-blazer, but Club Wexford beat some in-form opponents at Ayr.