Percy looks perfect for Salisbury

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: June 28 2014, 10:46 BST

Nick Grant previews Sunday's action and believes that Percy Alleline should prove hard to beat at Salisbury.

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CURRAGH: 2.15 Prologue, 2.45 Back To Base, 3.15 Certerach, 3.45 Ebanoran, 4.20 Thistle Bird, 4.50 Security Breach, 5.20 Curley Bill, 5.50 Vector Force.

SALISBURY: 2.10 Bellajeu, 2.40 Cruise Tothelimit, 3.10 Astronereus, 3.40 PERCY ALLELINE (NAP), 4.15 Opera Buff, 4.45 Silent Bullet, 5.15 Dylan's Centenary.

UTTOXETER: 2.20 No Substitute, 2.50 Graphical, 3.20 Sweet Deal, 3.50 Bear's Affair, 4.25 Minella Reception, 4.55 Noble Friend, 5.25 Groomed, 5.55 Who Am I.

WINDSOR: 2.00 Principle Equation, 2.30 Al Senad, 3.00 Dangerous Moonlite, 3.30 Torchlighter, 4.05 Homage, 4.35 The Third Man, 5.05 Warrigal.

DOUBLE: Percy Alleline and Homage.

Ralph Beckett will be entitled to feel deflated if Percy Alleline finds anything too good in the Bathwick Tyres Auction Stakes at Salisbury.

The six-furlong conditions event looks an ideal opportunity for the Sir Percy colt to regain the winning thread, having been successful first time up over five furlongs of this picturesque Wiltshire track in May.

Green on that occasion before finding his feet, Richard Kingscote got first run on hot favourite Sunset Sail and was always doing enough from there.

The runner-up has won since, so it was a solid effort promising much for the future.

The selection's only subsequent outing came earlier this month at Windsor, and while he had to settle for fourth, the first three have all come out to run strong races, two of them at Royal Ascot, where winner Justice Good performed really well in the Coventry.

With a pedigree full of stamina, it seems logical to think the step up in trip will be beneficial.

Astronereus has shown more than enough to ability to suggest he will soon be winning races and the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Stakes is his latest chance.

The Amanda Perrett-trained Sea The Stars colt is well-related as a half-brother to French Derby winner Le Havre, but did not help himself when taking a keen hold before finishing mid-division in a good maiden won by Connecticut at Newbury.

He again ran with promise when getting up late to finish within a length of a stablemate at Goodwood and if the penny has finally dropped he is going to be hard to beat.

Bellajeu is an intriguing newcomer in the Bathwick Tyres EBF Stallions Blagrave Maiden Stakes.

Bought for 300,000 guineas for the Qatar Racing operation at Tattersalls, the Montjeu filly had options earlier in the week, but Olly Stevens has opted to start her here.

Related to the highly-regarded Lat Hawill among others, she has a Group One entry in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and gets a handy 5lb allowance.

A chance is taken on Homage in the New Horse Racing Odds At unibet.co.uk Handicap at Windsor.

On the face of it, two disappointing efforts at the backend of last season are off-putting, but there was an excuse on at least one of those runs and he had looked quite progressive before it.

He produced a likeable performance when a half-length second to the now 100-rated Ashaadd at Haydock last June and is back to a mark just 3lb higher.

Furthermore, he will be having his first start for William Haggas, who currently has his string in scorching form.

Dangerous Moonlite looks a straightforward one for the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

Successful at Ascot in May, she returned there for the Queen Mary at the Royal meeting and showed loads of speed before ultimately finishing 10th, beaten a respectable seven lengths.

The general feeling is that was a red-hot renewal so little was lost in defeat and there might be a nice prize to be won with the Richard Hannon-trained youngster before the season is out.

Bear's Affair finally seems to have found his stride over fences and he can bag a nice prize in the John Smith's Summer Cup at Uttoxeter.

The eight-year-old was pretty smart over hurdles, but looked unlikely to reach the same kind of heights in the chase division after failing to strike in his first two outings.

Even when he managed a win at Kempton last November his jumping still looked a little questionable and following defeat at Doncaster, Nicky Henderson gave him a break during which he had clearly done some schooling as he was much improved on his return.

He incurred a 5lb rise for his near four-length defeat of Pure Faith but as the front pair were well clear of the rest, Bear's Affair looks a likely type to defy such a leap.

  • Preview posted at 1047 BST on 28/06/2014.