1.55 Salisbury – Concur
The market for the opening race on the Salisbury card is headed by the strongly fancied Richard Hannon 2 year old Racquet, who showed plenty of promise on debut when 4th of 8 over 5f at the course. However, he takes out a large chunk of the market, creating a juicy price about one horse in particular, Concur. Given the 12 runners and handful of no hopers, there is a nice each way feel about the contest, and odds of +1400 look generous.
Rod Millman’s 2 year old ran a modest race on debut, however there is cause for optimism. Before the race, his priced halved, and he was clearly thought to be the better of the two stablemates in the race (incidently, the contest was won by Millman’s other runner). The son of Approve can be forgiven for that debut effort, as Windsor over 5f can be tricky for some newcomers, and the straighter course over the extra yardage should benefit the horse.
Millman’s 2 year olds invariably improve significantly for their debut runs and produce a very healthy set of figures second time out; 26/211 (12.32%) for £62.94 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.82. Clearly thought to be better than he has shown so far and is worth a speculative each way bet at the price.
2.25 Salisbury – Blacklister
Race two at Salisbury, and an air of de ja vu. In the second division of the maiden, there is another attractive each way bet in the form of the Mick Channon trained Blacklister. The Berkshire trainer enlists the help of the worlds number one jockey, Ryan Moore, and the son of Lawman ran a very solid race on debut at Leicester, denied by just the narrowest of margins. Seemed to lose concentration after hitting the front and can be considered the moral winner that day.
Is available at odds of +300 as the market leader Galileo Gold is a short price. Hugo Palmer’s horse displayed a high level of ability in a useful York maiden, travelling strongly through the contest, before becoming short of room. No match for the winner but that form is probably the best in the line-up.
Mick Channon has won this race in the last 10 years, and the experience from debut may well have brought him on plenty. Looks a nice dirty each way bet in a race which doesn’t look very competitive outside the first two in the market.
Tips Summary (9th June)
1.55 Salisbury – Concur E/W – +1400 – Bet365
2.25 Salisbury – Blacklister E/W – +300 – Bet365
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