Unusually we have a selection on a Wednesday from the Class 2 at Salisbury. We are looking to get back on the winning trail after Saturday's selections resulted in a small loss on the day. Our two against the field in the 31 runner Cambridgeshire both ran creditably but only managed mid division finishes. Judicial couldn't go the early pace but from two furlongs out he picked up and was probably finishing best of all to nab third on the line and at 14/1 gave a decent return. Finally we had Rouleau who was slowly away and ran a bit free. It was obvious from a long way out that he wasn't go to trouble the judge and he was not given too much of a hard time by William Buick and trailed in last. Frustratingly our Top rated Salateen seemed to re capture some of his two year old form and led from start to finish.
Onwards and upwards so lets get down to business...
The team at Cleeve
3.55 Salisbury Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap (CLASS 2) (3yo+ 0-105)
Top 3 Rated:
1) Captain Cat – 82
2) Fidaawy – 76
3) Storm Rock – 75
Captain Cat would have had a chance here if the race was over shorter and the ground was faster; however on all known form he is likely to struggle. The one reason that our selection is not a bigger bet is that on breeding Captain Cat should be ideally suited by this distance. I don’t know why he has only been tried once over this trip but the trainer probably knows best! Storm Rock will be suited by the ground unlike a number of his opponents, but he has been well beaten when tried further than 8.5 furlongs. He could try and make the running but is likely to fade in the last furlong unless he gets a very soft lead.
Fidaawy has been found an ideal opportunity here by Sir Michael Stoute, he was only beaten five lengths by Zhui Feng in a muddling four runner race last time, Zhui Feng has since finished fifth in the Cambridgeshire and has run well in the Dubai Duty Free which has earned him a 100+ official rating. Fidaawy has not encountered ground this soft but has run well with cut and stays the trip. His sire New Approach has run well and won on both soft and heavy going, so it is likely that Fidaawy will cope. He is likely to be still improving and can win this.