Tip of the day: Potent force

  • By: Ben Linfoot
  • Last Updated: August 13 2014, 15:32 BST

Ben Linfoot struggles to decide which Richard Hannon-trained horse is the best bet at Salisbury.

Richard Hannon: Sends a cracking team to Salisbury today
Richard Hannon: Sends a cracking team to Salisbury today

POTENTATE - 3.25 Salisbury

The old Richard Hannon's runners were always worth a second look at Salisbury and the young Richard Hannon's runners will be too. We've seen this season that very little has changed at the Marlborough yard as 139 winners and £2,933,329 in prize-money won suggests.

Old Richard Hannon won the first two races on last year's equivalent Salisbury card and young Richard Hannon could replicate that feat today.

Desert Force looks a likely type given the confidence behind him on debut at Ascot, while When Will It End could well reverse form with Grigolo at these weights and his experience could be vital if he gets into a battle with Darshini.

Lustrous looks overpriced in the day's feature, the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies' Stakes, as she drops down from Group One level to Listed company. She won in this grade at York, was a close second in a Group Two at Royal Ascot and that she's the same price (around 16/1) for today's task as she was in the Nassau last time seems absurd.

Go For Broke and Fair Ranger have fair claims in the last, too, but which of these Hannon hot pots is the best bet on the Salisbury card?

Well none of them, as you might've been able to tell from the headline and that horse in capital letters at the top of this page.

POTENTATE is the one and prices around the 4/1 mark look perfectly acceptable in the Goldring Security Services Pembroke Cup at 3.25.

Again, like When Will It End, he takes on a lightly-raced Sir Michael Stoute-trained favourite. But Tercel looks very short on what he's actually achieved with the bookmakers taking no chances given Stoute's record in this race (won three of last five renewals).

However, on a line through Marcus Tregoning's Hesbaan, Potentate could well have the beating of Tercel and there was lots to like about his victory at Epsom last time.

He came from last to first inside the final furlong to win by a head and the handicapper only put him up 2lb.

A miler on the up at a fair price for top connections, Potentate looks the best chance for the young Richard Hannon at Salisbury, and consequently he's the bet of the day. Click here to place your bets.