3.00pm Salisbury Tips & Betting Preview 07/08/2017

A six furlong Class 5 sprint at Salisbury, with a field of ten chasing a first prize of a shade below £3,400. Read on for our expert tip and runner by runner preview.

IN SUMMARY: MONTEAMIATA travelled like she was far better than a Class 5 filly when winning at Lingfield last time. She is unexposed and well capable of going in again if she is in the same heart once more. Miss Icon and Hedging may be the pair to chase her home, the latter especially interesting now that he is wearing first time cheekpieces, having been gelded over the winter.

1 FIELD OF VISION – Scored just once in twenty-six starts, landing a race on the Polytrack in August 2015 at Chelmsford. He took his record on turf to 0/20 last time out at York in a deeper contest than this. Runner up in a four runner race at Newbury the time before on ground similar to now, he has a chance on the pick of his form, but appeals more as a place prospect than a likely winner.

2 WILD DANCER –  A winner off just a pound lower at the back end of last season, she is one of the more unexposed runners in the field. She ran poorly the only time she has been seen on good to soft ground which gives her a serious question to answer now. Solid chance if she can prove as effective on this slower surface but can’t be supported with confidence.

3 MONTEAMIATA – Best turf form has come on genuinely soft ground, including when winning last time out. She is three pounds higher now in a slightly stronger race but she travelled through that contest like by far the best animal, tanking on the bridle before coming away late on. She is more than capable of following up if in that frame of mind again so she gets the vote.

4 WHITECREST – Capable of winning from this mark, her last pair of wins from this 71 and from a pound higher. She is adaptable with regards to ground with no issue with regards to this track or trip. Four pounds better off for a two length beating from Monteamiata last time out but as the more exposed of the pair, she might struggle to turn that form around now.

5 BRIDGE BUILDER – Has not come within a stone of his all weather form in five starts so far on turf. He has been beaten a hundred lengths in two runs so far on good to soft, beating just a single rival home. He is much improved since last attempting to race on grass, so perhaps he will be more efficient on it now, but the percentage call is just to watch him.

6 OTOMO – Still four pounds higher than a fluent Brighton win in May despite three far lesser runs since. Five of his six turf runs have all come at that track so he has to prove as effective on this totally different course. Probably wouldn’t want the ground to have too much cut in it but is the sole runner at the meeting for a stable that always need a market check.

7 VINCENTTI – Just a single solid run in seven starts so far in 2017, that coming in a seller at Windsor. He is nine pounds below his last winning mark, a full twenty-six pounds below his pomp, That means that he is more than capable of getting involved at a big price if he is able to come back to form, but that is a risky bet to be taking.

8 MISS ICON – Sole win came over seven furlongs at Lingfield on good to firm ground but a stiff six furlongs should be no issue for her. She is a half sister to Wild Dancer, but being by Sixties Icon she should have no issues with the good to soft ground. She went close from a pound higher at Bath last time so she can be given a solid each way chance in this line-up.

9 HEDGING – Sole win as a juvenile came on soft, he ran well on his only start so far in 2017 at Newbury. He was gelded over the winter, fitted now with first time cheekpieces in a bid to sharpen him up. He should be fitter for that run blowing the cobwebs away so it would be no surprise if he were in the mix at the business end from two pounds lower.

10 EVENING STARLIGHT – Four runs on the turf so far, she has only once got close to the form she has shown on an artificial surface. Her worst run came on soft ground when last at Windsor last October so that gives her plenty to prove under the prevailing conditions now.

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