Spencer To Strike In Silver Bowl

The top handicap on Saturday’s Haydock card is the Class Two contest over a mile. The Betfred Mobile Silver Bowl Stakes (Haydock 2:35) has thrown up some useful performers over the years and is often used as a stepping stone for races like the Britannia Stakes at Ascot. A mix of horses with solid two year old form and those who have made a promising start to their three year old campaigns provide us with a fascinating contest.

Brian Meehan’s Mutarakez currently heads the betting at 5.0 following an impressive win last time out at Sandown. He showed a really impressive turn of foot that day and put the race to bed nicely in the end. He certainly looks likely to be in the mix but has a ten pound rise to cope with and others appeal more at the prices.

Moonlightnavigator and Go Dan Go also come into this race on the back of a winning performance and both horses made the shortlist. John Quinn heads into this weekend in cracking form with three wins from his first seven runners this week. His Moonlightnavigator gets a five pound rise for a win over this trip in a Class 2 at Musselburgh. Soft ground proved no issue to him that day and having also won on good ground the prevailing conditions should be within his compass here. Priced at 13.0 he appeals each way. Go Dan Go also heads here following a win in the Musselbrugh mud but has not only a ten pound penalty but a step up from Class 5 to Class 2 level to cope with. He is progressive but the leap forward required here may just prove beyond him.

Trainer Kevin Ryan was quoted as stating anything Salateen achieved last season would be a bonus as he expected him to come into his own this year. As such the fact he managed to win at this level in his juvenile campaign must auger well for his chances here, on his first run as a three year old. One of the key factors to this horse appears to be the ground. Both his Sire Dutch Art and dam sire Tobougg were better with some cut in the surface andSalateen appears to have picked up this trait. He looks set to get a good to soft surface to race on for the first time since his seven length maiden romp. His final start at two is also starting to look pretty smart. Finishing five lengths adrift of subsequent Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park, on ground far quicker than ideal is certainly no disgrace. That level of form reads well in the context of this race and any improvement eked out over the winter months could make him pretty tough to beat. The ability he has shown to date results in him being saddled with top weight here but we feel he has the class to cope. This chestnut colt will be ably assisted by Jamie Spencer who has started the season riding right at the top of his game. The prices in the region of 10.0 available for the selection look to significantly underestimate his chances and he’s the one to be on.

BY: PAUL HARRISON

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