Racing tip of the day
In the week that the World Cup commences, the sportinglife.com racing team's tip of the day has South American ties.
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Cueca each-way - 16.55 Salisbury
I had intended to side with Silk Train in the penultimate race at Lingfield as the odds against didn't seem wholly unreasonable about this lightly raced filly with proven polytrack form from a yard going well.
That did, however, seem rather unimaginative so I went back to Salisbury with it's mixture of maidens and handicaps and there are a couple of runners in the former that should fare better in the latter sphere in due course which always makes them of interest.
It will also be of interest to see whether Seagull can confirm the promise of her maiden win which saw her added to our Flat Notebook feature as this well bred daughter of Sea The Stars moves into the rank and file of handicaps for the first time.
The 10 furlong contest has been won by some decent fillies in the past and there are a handful in this line-up, Seagull included, who may yet prove their effectiveness in a higher grade.
The race I alighted on, however, was the Molson Coors Handicap over a trip just shy of seven furlongs where the in-form Blue Bounty heads the market after second place finishes at Goodwood and Yarmouth.
The horse that initially caught the eye was Biotic who landed a mighty gamble on his reappearance at Kempton back in March before coming up short under a penalty just over a week later. Described as a big horse by his trainer, he may just need more time between his races and he appeals as one who could well have more to offer.
He could, however, struggle to concede 6lbs to Cueca who made an encouraging return to action and handicap debut at Lingfield towards the end of April.
That form has worked out really rather well with the winner, Syrian Pearl, winning her next start with the fifth home filling thirs spot behind her while the sixth has won three races since and the eighth has been placed in a couple of competitive handicaps.
All of which suggests that it may not have been a bad run from Jonny Portman's filly and this half-sister to the same connections useful Joe Packet - who, incidentally, was placed on both runs at this track - makes some each-way appeal.
Thanks to the wonders of search engines which plug the gaping gaps in my knowledge, I discovered that she's also rather well named being by Country Reel and out of a dam who is out of a half-sister to a Chilean Group One winner.
For Cueca, it seems, is a family of musical styles and associated with dances from Argentina, Bolivia and Chile where the dance holds national status and if you head there during the national holidays in September you'll be able to see cueca dancing competitions.