Estidhkaar to hit top gear
Anita Chambers makes Estidhkaar her best bet on Monday at Salisbury – she has a selection in every race.
Richard Hannon brings Estidhkaar back to action at Salisbury
CURRAGH: 1.45 Alluringly, 2.15 Truffles, 2.45 Modern Tutor, 3.15 Dubai Sand, 3.45 Murmuring, 4.15 Kubali, 4.45 Tempo Mac.
CHELMSFORD: 4.55 Sacred Harp, 5.25 Poplar, 5.55 Jaarih, 6.25 Encore Moi, 6.55 Wakame, 7.25 Cacica, 7.55 Chetan, 8.25 Noblewoman.
SALISBURY: 1.50 Captain Sue, 2.20 Golden Eye, 2.50 Icespire, 3.20 Concur, 3.50 Flying Sakhee, 4.20 ESTIDHKAAR (NAP), 4.50 Maroc, 5.20 Pleasuredome.
WINDSOR: 1.30 Trump's Magic, 2.00 Fabric, 2.30 First Voyage, 3.00 Archery Peak, 3.30 Nicarra, 4.00 King Of Spin, 4.30 Melabi, 5.00 Tyrell.
YARMOUTH: 2.10 Secret Agent, 2.40 Blushing Red, 3.10 Joshua Reynolds, 3.40 Pendo, 4.10 Shawami, 4.40 Cat Silver, 5.10 King Julien, 5.40 The Ginger Berry.
Estidhkaar is a fascinating runner as he makes a belated seasonal bow in the EBF Stallions Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes at Salisbury.
The near seven-furlong heat has drawn a thoroughly intriguing field with Classic also-ran Crazy Horse returning from a long lay-off, while Kool Kompany, a former leading juvenile, will be having his first start since returning to Richard Hannon's team following an unsuccessful Australian stint.
Estidhkaar also represents the Hannon team and he is the preferred option in a potentially trappy event, despite the fact he has not run since finishing down the field in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last August.
That run put the cap on what was a disappointing campaign for the Dark Angel colt, who had looked a potential star when winning twice at Group Two level as a juvenile before a lacklustre effort in the Dewhurst.
His initial second to Muhaarar in the Greenham last spring was a let-down on the face of it but given that one went on to win four Group Ones and be crowned leading sprinter in 2015, it was a pretty decent effort after all.
Subsequently all at sea in both the 2000 Guineas and the Marois, it is interesting to see Hannon has opted to drop back in trip now as while he was staying on over seven furlongs as a two-year-old, his stamina just seemed to peter out over a mile.
Obviously such a lengthy lay-off is far from ideal, but Estidhkaar is 5lb or more clear on the official ratings and the conditions of the race even give him a bit of pull with his likely rivals, so it may pay to keep the faith.
Icespire is the latest Frankel progeny to hit the track and she must be followed in the Bathwick Tyres British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Bred and raced by Khalid Abdullah, Icespire is a half-sister to Classic winner Special Duty and also counts the likes of multiple Grade One winners Sightseek and Tates Creek among her near relatives.
John Gosden's charge clearly boasts the pedigree to really hit the heights, but even just a win here would do much to enhance her already not inconsiderate value.
Wakame can follow up on his recent Lingfield success in the Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford.
Three times a scorer already this term, Wakame has risen 15lb in the ratings this season but showing there could be a bit more in the locker when winning by half a length last time.
Ed de Giles' charge was only ever doing just enough that day so while a 5lb rise is pretty steep, he might still be slightly ahead of the handicapper.
Cat Silver has found maiden company tough going but can finally enjoy his moment in the sun switched in company for the Trafalgar Restaurant At Yarmouth Handicap at the seaside track.
Placed in two of his three maiden outings, Cat Silver had two juvenile outings before a long break which ended with his reappearance at Chelmsford last month.
His near six-length third that day probably deserves a bit more credit than initially seems the case and a starting mark of 76 certainly gives Sir Michael Stoute something to work with.
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