Queen to claim Salisbury crown
Chris Wilson says Sharja Queen can land Listed spoils at Salisbury on Wednesday – he has a tip in every race.
There is more to come from Roger Varian's Sharja Queen
BATH: 5.20 See Vermont, 5.50 Blue Suede, 6.20 Equistar, 6.50 Go On Go On Go On, 7.20 Lily Trotter, 7.50 Toga Tiger, 8.20 Forecaster.
BEVERLEY: 2.00 Mama Africa, 2.30 Total Star, 3.00 Kiwi Bay, 3.30 Intiwin, 4.00 San Cassiano, 4.30 Space Mountain, 5.00 First Bombardment, 5.35 Bond Bombshell.
GOWRAN: 5.30 Acclamatio, 6.00 Sir Dreamalot, 6.30 Ceol Na Nog, 7.00 Adool, 7.30 The Yellow Bus, 8.00 Romantic, 8.30 Creme De La.
KEMPTON: 6.10 Jumping Jack, 6.40 Dubara, 7.10 Northern Thunder, 7.40 Showreel, 8.10 Personal Touch, 8.40 Sunscape, 9.10 Gracesome.
NEWTON ABBOT: 2.10 Excellent Team, 2.40 Recognition, 3.10 Winning Ticket, 3.40 Devon General, 4.10 Instant Karma, 4.40 Accessallareas, 5.10 Buggi.
SALISBURY: 2.20 Beck And Call, 2.50 Jaywalker, 3.20 Takatul, 3.50 SHARJA QUEEN (NAP), 4.20 Master Gunner, 4.50 Remember Me.
DOUBLE: Sharja Queen and See Vermont.
Sharja Queen seemingly has the right tools for the job to win the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.
A very unexposed daughter of Pivotal, big things are expected of her in this Listed affair over a mile and a quarter after she demolished her rivals over this course and distance early last month.
Roger Varian's three-year-old loved the quick ground in handicap company and absolutely hosed up on the bridle by upwards of six lengths.
Time will tell whether that form is strong, but it looked a fair race on paper yet Sharja Queen was a cut above.
It also represented a marked improvement on anything she had done previously, which tends to suggest she is now getting the hang of things.
Sharja Queen was beaten out of sight in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket – some mission for her seasonal debut – after which she went to Chester for a solid handicap.
She left the Roodee with credit, having finished second to Sightline on a track which did not really suit her running style.
Yet though she easily won a Ffos Las maiden last year on heavy ground, Sharja Queen is clearly a very versatile filly judged by her recent Salisbury surge.
The joint-highest-rated horse in what is not a vintage field, Varian's inmate rates a good call to collect some all-important black type.
See Vermont is due a change of fortune in the Dribuild Handicap at Bath.
Little has gone right for the likeable eight-year-old this season, but he is handicapped accordingly for this five-furlong dash.
Rebecca Bastiman's gelded son of Kyllachy competes on the same mark off which he won so well at Chepstow last July and, perhaps just as importantly, he has previously emerged victorious over this course and distance.
See Vermont was also a bit of an eyecatcher at Pontefract late last month when he stayed on persistently to finish fourth, despite having completely made a hash of the start.
Gracesome should hopefully prove her recent spin at Wolverhampton to have been no flash in the pan when the mare runs in the #10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Handicap at Kempton.
Michael Blanshard's five-year-old had looked devoid of promise in seven previous starts, but the step up to a mile and a half at Dunstall Park did its job as she was not beaten at all far into third place.
The daughter of Shirocco will not be available at odds of 50-1 this time, but she could easily slip by unnoticed off what remains a humble-looking mark of 50.
Bond Bombshell absolutely loves it at Beverley and can make short shrift of a rising mark by winning the Ladies Day Handicap at the East Yorkshire circuit.