Joyeuse to uphold family name in Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury
Joyeuse has already proved herself to be a smart filly by following up her debut success at Lingfield with a fine third at Royal Ascot. That came in the Albany Stakes won by Kiyoshi, a race that has thrown up a plethora of subsequent winners.
Sandiva (2nd), Lucky Kristale (6th), Wonderfully (7th) and Princess Noor (9th) have all gone on to win in Group company. Kiyoshi may have been beaten by Rizeena in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the weekend but that may have been the best fillies’ race run this season.
Wedding Ring appears held by Joyeuse on Ascot form although she ran a good race when third to her stable companion Ihtimal at Newmarket. Alutiq and Lilbourne Lass are good fillies in their own right but look more exposed than the favourite.
The unknown quantity of the race could John Gosden’s Dorothy B who did nothing wrong when winning her maiden in good style at Nottingham. Lamar completes a small but select field of six for this Listed prize over six furlongs.
If Godolphin are out of luck with Wedding Ring, they may enjoy success with Ghanaian in the handicap at 4.20. Charlie Appleby’s filly is a course and distance winner and was a shade unlucky to lose to Askaud at Newmarket last time.
The combination of Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes are always to be respected at this venue and top weight Indignant rates the danger after her fine second in a competitive heat at York. Dime Dancer looks the one to be on for the same combination in the 2.40 after finishing third in a decent looking maiden at Newmarket on her debut.
It’s great to see Hayley Turner back in the saddle and she teams up with her old friend Cavaleiro in the Persian Punch Conditions Stakes at 4.50. Preference is given to No Heretic who has been running well in good company all season and may find things easier here.
Selections: 2.10 Sebastian Beach, 2.40 Dime Dancer (nb), 3.15 Au Chulainn, 3.45 Joyeuse (NAP), 4.20 Ghanaian, 4.50 No Heretic, 5.20 Perfect Muse, 5.50 Moortahan