Check in with The Cheka
Ashley Iveson believes that it's worth giving The Cheka another chance to recapture his best form at Salisbury.
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LIMERICK: 1.15 Devils Bride, 1.45 Morning Ireland, 2.15 Not For Burning, 2.45 Friendly Society, 3.20 Sword Fish, 3.55 If Per Chance, 4.25 Backstage, 4.55 Cut Loose.
MUSSELBURGH: 2.10 Lady Poppy, 2.40 Mindblowing, 3.15 Camerooney, 3.45 Discay, 4.20 Tom Sawyer, 4.50 Misplaced Fortune, 5.20 Silent Movie.
SALISBURY: 1.50 Marmarus, 2.20 Darting, 2.50 Dutch Romance, 3.25 Sakash, 4.00 THE CHEKA (NAP), 4.30 Knight Charm, 5.00 Kastini, 5.30 Centred.
WINDSOR: 2.00 Exchequer, 2.30 Longton, 3.05 Red Invader, 3.35 Oh So Spicy, 4.10 Joey's Destiny, 4.40 Light Rose, 5.10 Lilac Tree, 5.40 Magika.
DOUBLE: The Cheka and Centred.
The Cheka has endured a really disappointing campaign so far, but he is given one final chance to redeem himself in the EBF Stallions Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes at Salisbury.
The seven-year-old burst onto the scene with a 10-length debut victory a Ascot some five years ago and although he has not quite scaled the heights trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton would have dreamed of since, he has performed admirably on a number of occasions at Pattern level.
He looked a sprinter to be reckoned with when winning last year's Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster and that was the start of what turned out to be an excellent season as he went on to finish second in the July Cup and third behind the brilliant Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
On the strength of that form, he would be an odds-on favourite for his Salisbury assignment, but he has not looked the same horse in five starts this year.
However, there were signs of a revival when he finished third a Warwick on his penultimate start and he can be forgiven his last run at Lingfield after fluffing the start.
If he is can produce anything like his best form, he will be very hard to beat in this conditions event, with the booking of Ryan Moore an obvious positive.
It could be a good afternoon for title-chasing Moore, with Centred a major player in the Bathwick Tyres "Season Finale" Handicap.
A typically well-related product of Ballymacoll Stud, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly hinted at ability in three starts as a juvenile and has raised her game as a three-year-old, with two wins at Pontefract sandwiching a decent run in defeat at Goodwood.
She is up 7lb in the weights for her latest victory in West Yorkshire, but she is capable of defying that rise, with the step up to a mile and three-quarters likely to bring out even more progress.
Richard Hannon's Windsor record is well documented and his Exchequer will surely get favourite backers off to a winning start in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
The Highclere-owned youngster was beaten into fourth when favourite for his Sandown debut in late August, but showed more than enough to suggest he could win his fair share of races.
He was then beaten into second when odds-on at Newbury, but perhaps both his first two starts have proved seven furlongs is just beyond him at this very early stage of his career.
A speedy pedigree suggests he will be more effective over the six furlongs he faces at Windsor and he can reward those who keep the faith by finding the target at the third attempt.
The Betfair Scottish Stayers' Final takes centre stage north of the border at Musselburgh, with Mark Johnston's progressive four-year-old Discay fancied to defy top-weight.
The gelding has rocketed up the weights after four wins already in 2013 and the manner of his latest verdict at Ripon suggested there is still plenty more in the locker.
This is not straightforward task, but Discay is a strong stayer and versatile when it comes to underfoot conditions, so he is a solid bet to at least finish in the first three.