THE EDGE; Killer angles on today's racing.
Byline: with Keith Melrose
Robert Winston riding at Salisbury. He's four from 40% 40% 40% %Robert Winston has a fine record riding at Salisbury. He's four from ten at the track and his sole ride of the day is Diable D'Or in the 6f novice stakes (4.20) ??Shore Step 3.30 Doncaster Shore Step won his last two starts of 2014, the latter over today's course and distance. He has not visited the winner's enclosure since, but he ran creditably in defeat several times in 2015, usually showing a game attitude from the front.
On his reappearance at Ascot last month he again led the field for much of the way only to fade out of contention late on. Given it was his first run since last autumn, it could be worth giving him the benefit of the doubt, especially when it's considered that this race, though hardly weak, is not as strong as some of the races Shore Step was very competitive in last year.
Shore Step could simply be a few pounds too high in the weights, but after the promise of his reappearance it is worth paying to find out if he has improved as a six-year-old.
?Noble Asset there to take advantage if favourite fails to fire 2.45 Salisbury A Momentofmadness is the sole three-year-old in this field and showed himself to be on the up last time, so in many senses this sprint revolves around him. However, he is seemingly an edgy type, needing to be led to post on his latest start and racing freely even with a hood applied, so taking a shortish price now does not appeal.
Noble Asset is the one who strikes as the most likely alternative. He's a five-year-old who seemed to find his limit for John Quinn last year off marks in the low 80s. What is different this season is that he has joined Milton Bradley (pictured) and is just the type who the trainer does well with.
His first start for new connections will have brought him on, while a bump entering the final furlong did not help. Noble Asset has been given a bit of extra breathing space by the handicapper as a result and has Oisin Murphy in the saddle on a day when more is likely to be expected.
?Secret Insider 4.55 Salisbury Secret Insider has come a long way since she was last seen on turf in September. The filly, trained by Hugo Palmer (below), won on her all-weather and handicap debut at Chelmsford and has run well in defeat on her last two starts, latterly over a mile at Southwell.
She returns to turf today, ostensibly with her effectiveness on the surface to prove. The chances are, though, that she has grown up while she's been on the all-weather, rather than because of it.
On her debut, she was beaten just four lengths in a Newmarket maiden behind Jet Setting and a couple of other fillies now rated well into the 90s on RPRs.
This race has a few other unexposed three-year-olds in the line-up, including chief threat Stars N Angels, but overall it looks a reasonable opportunity for Secret Insider to prove herself, returned to turf.
'What is different now is he has joined Bradley and is the type the trainer does well with'