Light shines on 'real trier' Salateen as consistency is rewarded with tenth win.
Byline: Lingfield Robbie Wilders
WITH form figures of 24322444424 since Salateen last won a race nobody could begrudge the consistent seven-year-old a day in the sun and he scored the tenth success of his career in the feature conditions event for David O'Meara and Martin Harley.
Harley reacted intelligently to an early lack of pace and stole the race with the 4-5 market principal Straight Right staying on for second. With the first three short-priced favourites on the card obliging - Forbidden Planet (6-5) and Matterhorn (8-11) in the opening 1m2f handicaps and Nylon Speed (11-10) in the handicap over 1m4f - bookmakers would certainly have been dealt a straight right had Salateen not prevailed.
"He's such a trier and never lets you down," said Harley. "That's the first time I've ever won on him and he's a credit to himself to keep remaining competitive off a tough mark in the 100s."
The Mark Johnston-trained Matterhorn is another horse who looks destined for a three-figure official rating and enhanced his burgeoning profile with an authoritative effort in the hands of Franny Norton.
A bullish Norton said of the son of Raven's Pass: "He was entitled to win that and we'd have been upset if he was beaten. He's so straightforward and you can do anything with him.
"I loved the way he put his head down and battled. Horses who give everything like he does are a pleasure to ride. Let's see how far we can get him."
Tongue-tie does the trick The Alan King-trained Nylon Speed has endured breathing difficulties in the past and the application of a first-time tongue-tie here evidently worked a treat as the gelding was eased down to score by two lengths.
"He probably could have been a really good horse once but he's had issues with his breathing," said King. "He's won three races for us and we'll probably stay down the all-weather route."
Renegade masters rival The Nicola Currie-ridden Renegade Master was friendless in the market but that did not stop him winning the mile novice contest a shade cosily, the 25-1 shot proving half a length too good for the gambled-on Target Zone.
Thought for the day Apprentice Katherine Begley could be a name to keep on side over the next few months and she enhanced her recent record to 2-3 when executing a fine ride to steer Kodiline to victory in the concluding 7f handicap.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 6, 2019|
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