Safe option Ribbons to tie up rivals

Ribbons looks the safe option in the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury toady.

Safe option Ribbons to tie up rivals

Trainer James Fanshawer has charted a typically cautious route with this likeable filly, who will be having her first outing since May 10 in this Listed affair.

A protracted campaign can often be a cause for concern, but it could, conversely, mean she is a little more sprightly than the rest of them as she vies for a first victory at this level.

And Ribbons, from what we have seen so far, looks at least up to Listed class. The chestnut daughter of Manduro won her first four races and has since shaped creditably given she is far from a straightforward ride.

Fanshawer’s inmate needs a fast pace and plenty of cover in her races, which was not the case at Ascot in May when she darted home for second place in a stop-start encounter over a mile.

The form from that handicap is stronger than first considered as the third horse home, Majestic Queen, went on to defeat Joyeuse in a Listed race in Ireland. Proven with cut in the ground and being by Manduro, this step back up to just short of a mile and a quarter looks a good piece of business.

Bowie Boy is deserving of interest in the Goldring Security Services Pembroke Cup. Ralph Beckett’s colt made a solid turf debut at Sandown towards the end of July when he got to within a length of the 90-rated Halation, who is progressing nicely.

Salisbury is not the easiest racecourse to master, but he clearly gets a mile very well on the evidence of that Esher spin. The three-year-old son of Intikhab also showed plenty of dash on the all-weather earlier in the year which should also serve him especially well at the Wiltshire circuit.

Canova turned in a stout display a fortnight ago, and should not be too far away in the Champagne Joseph Perrier Handicap.

The gelded son of Art Connoisseur stepped up on recent runs on turf to finish third in a one-mile handicap at Windsor, in which he was forced to take the race by scruff of its neck due to a lack of pace.

That will not have been ideal for Roger Charlton’s representative, so that run should perhaps be upgraded. The handicapper disagrees, though, as he has been left alone off a mark of 67, which is 6lb lower than his all-weather rating.

Whether he gets a mile and a quarter remains a bit of a grey area, but he remains sparingly enough raced to win a race of this nature.

Sakhee’s Rose has a cracking chance upon his return to the Kempton Polytrack. Ed McMahon’s four-year-old filly has made stealthy progress this year, without ever looking likely to trouble the judge, but that could soon change.

There was, after all, plenty to admire about his purposeful drive to the finish in a Thirsk sprint in which he was fifth after having badly missed the break.

It was a similarly unfortunate story on his seasonal bow at Newcastle in June, only this time he encountered trouble in running late on.

The daughter of Sakhee’s Secret is better than that form would suggest, yet she lines up in the Kempton Live With Dizzee Rascal 06.09.14 Handicap off a career-low mark of 60. Seven furlongs now looks his bag from what has been witnessed this year, while he is now 5lb lower than when he won at this track a few years ago.

Richard Hughes’ appointment is also an obvious statement of intent.

Noodles Blue Boy usually goes well at Beverley and is respected in the Rawfield And Paragon Data Handicap, with Strike A Light taken to double up at Yarmouth in the Bingo At Handicap.

Bullet Street returned to somewhere near his best at Newton Abbot in June and is capable of winning off the same mark when he returns to Devon for the Actuate Marketing Plymouth Handicap Chase.

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