Back in the ruck that day was old pal to this column, IN SALUTEM (best price 11/1), and without coming across as potentially staying loyal to this horse at all costs, he did more than enough on his first start of the season to suggest he should have another productive campaign. Blocked several times in the run that day, Ken Condon’s inmate never had a chance to gather up a decent head of steam, but that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he seems to have been totally overlooked by the bookmakers as a result. At his best when coming off the back of strong fractions over a stiff six furlongs, this race looks tailor made for his natural run-style and this likable and consistent six-year-old has every chance of going one place better than he did in this race last year.
Although tonight’s five furlong trip is arguably short of her best, she does exhibit the kind of cruising speed in-keeping with a horse that should be capable of coping with the minimum distance and that notion, along with the stiff nature of the track itself, should see this as an ideal starting point for the season ahead. Whatever her fate this evening, she’s certainly in the right hands regarding top class sprinters, and it would come as little surprise if she were to follow in the same footsteps as stable mates, Sole and Slade Power who have been massive players in the sprint division in recent times.