SALIERIS MASS (4.40 Haydock) went into many notebooks when he won his maiden at Ripon in April at 33/1 beating subsequent winner Decorated Knight. We didn’t see the strapping son of Mount Nelson again until late July when he was a decent enough fifth to Memorial Day at Newmarket. The latter has since won at the Ebor meeting and the third Laurence has also won recently, so the form looks good. I felt Salieris Mass probably needed that race after the three-month lay-off.
Today he is the only three-year-old up against some seasoned older horses off a mark of 87. But I’m hoping the longer trip and the benefit of his last run will see him to good effect. Chancery is in good form but is on a mark of 100 and has never won when higher than 91. Fractal and Penhill could be the main dangers.
Paul Hanagan is riding superbly (check out his effort on Monasada at Lingfield yesterday). I like the pair of two-year-olds he rides at Haydock. EASY CODE (2.30) showed promise on his Newmarket bow and was not given a hard time while ALTARSHEED (3.00) ran well on his first run. Both look to have solid each-way chances.
There is an excellent card at Salisbury where the Group 3 Dick Poole Stakes is the highlight. La Rioja is a lovely filly but the soft ground is an unknown for her. Whatdoiwantthatfor has soft ground form and sets the standard but MAYFAIR LADY was super impressive at the Ebor meeting on slow ground and she can step up here.
Earlier Richard Fahey and Jack Garritty can initiate a double when NOVINOPHOBIA (2.10) can defy a penalty in the nursery and follow up his impressive Musselburgh win last week.