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Our sportinglife.com racing team believe Solar Sky has been found the perfect opportunity to open his account over hurdles at Taunton.
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Tip Of The Day: Solar Sky - 3.20 Taunton
Looking at the results of the Flat meetings over the past couple of days, I think it'd be much safer to look at the Jumps as there have been some weird and wonderful results thrown up recently on the level.
Not that there's much choice in the matter anyway as today's action consists of three National Hunt meetings and some all-weather fare from Kempton - so much for the return of the flat.
It is an ex-Flat campaigner that we will be focusing on today as Solar Sky holds excellent claims in the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Maiden Hurdle at Taunton.
Our selection was a very classy stayer on the level when trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil in 2011 and finished second in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot behind Namibian.
Rated 103 on the flat, he was well-beaten on his sole start in 2013 but that was behind Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup and he made a more than satisfactory debut over hurdles when fifth behind Oscar Hoof at Kempton in March.
It was a reasonably warm novice hurdle for the track and there was some definite promise in Solar Sky's performance, despite being relatively unfancied in the market at 20/1.
You can see the replay here and note how he was outpaced at a crucial point in the racing before plugging on nicely back in fifth.
He clearly retains some ability at least and the longer trip this afternoon will certainly suit a stayer of his calibre. The run should have put him spot on and it will be disappointing if this well-bred gelding (he is a half-brother to Oaks winner Love Divine - the dam of St Leger winner Sixties Icon) cannot win a race or two over the smaller obstacles.
His main danger should be the David-Pipe trained Great Choice who could be open to improvement on better ground while the other major threat, Morito Du Berlais, already looks like he needs further to be seen at his best.