Mayfair Lady to Monopolise the Spotlight at Salisbury
3.45 Salisbury – Mayfair Lady
Mayfair Lady absolutely hosed up in a competitive nursery last time out at York, and after that performance, she more than warrants her position at the head of the market for the Country Gentlemen’s Association Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) at Salisbury.
The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor went off a relatively unfancied 13.0 shot at York last time out over 6 furlongs. Has previously just won a moderate Pontefract maiden and therefore her cramped odds were understandable. She popped out the stalls and made all, winning unchallenged. That run was off a mark of 87, and she has since been raised to 104. The step up in trip and switch to an easier surface clearly had a very positive effect on her performance and there could well be more to come. There is definitely substance to the form, as the third placed horse (beaten over 5 lengths), has since won a Listed contest at Ripon.
Richard Fahey’s filly faces competition from Whatdoiwantthatfor from the Richard Hannon stable. A speedy type, she won a 5 furlong Listed race at Newbury and she sets a good standard to aim at. With that said, she may be better back at 5 furlongs and the form of her win probably isn’t much better than Mayfair Lady’s success last time out.
She may be favourite, but Mayfair Lady could potentially be a Guineas horse next year, and at odds of 2.63, she looks value.
7.15 Chelmsford – Sky Cape
Charlie Appleby’s 3 year old Sky Cape won in imperious fashion last time out and the son of Cape Cross may be well handicapped off an opening mark of 82.
Sky Cape went off favourite for his debut at Newmarket which tells a story on its own. Appleby sends his best newcomers to racing HQ, and the fact that he was so strong in the market is indicative of the regard in which he is held at the yard. Was held up early and looked a little clueless went coming under pressure, but showed clear ability, eventually finished third. Second time out at Pontefract, he went off an odds on favourite, and demolished the field at Pontefract by 8 lengths. Now switches to the all-weather (should be fine on pedigree) and takes a 2 furlong step up in trip. Should also have no problem with the longer race distance as he finished the stiff 8 furlongs at Pontefract with plenty left in the tank.
Second favourite is Cryptonym is from the Sir Michael Stoute yard. The filly won at Chelmsford last time out, and she will also appreciate the step up in trip. Has had 4 starts though and doesn’t perhaps have the scope of the selection.
Tips Summary (3rd September)
- Charlie Appleby
- Holy Roman Emperor
- Mayfair Lady
- Richard Fahey
- Sky Cape