Salisbury Preview: Providence can provide Palmer with Group success
New Providence is a progressive sort and can provide trainer Hugo Palmer with another big race success in the Group 3 Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury today (4.20).
Palmer has been in terrific form all season and saddled his first Group winner when Aktabantay landed the Solario Stakes at Sandown last weekend.
In New Providence he has a filly who has improved with every run and will relish the drying out ground.
The daughter of Bahamian Bounty won her first two starts in good style, and has since gone on to be placed in two big field contests at Newmarket and York.
In the last of those runs, New Providence stayed on from well off the pace to finish a 1 1/2 length second of 19 to Mubtaghaa in a valuable sales contest.
The winner is a useful sort who had previously finished third in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, and there were some decent types in behind including dual Group 2 winner Kool Kompany who finished sixth.
The form has a strong look to it, and although this represents a step up in class for New providence the daughter of Jeremy looks the type who has plenty more to offer and needs keeping firmly on side.
The other bet that really appeals on a marathon eight-race card is Felwah in the 7f handicap (4.50).
The William Haggas trained filly has won three of her five starts and is on a serious upward curve.
The daughter of Aqlaam won with any amount in hand when making all to beat two rivals at Newmarket last month off a a mark of 84 and a subsequent 4lb rise looks very lenient.
The manner of that success suggested that Felwah could potentially be a pattern race performer in the making, and if that proves to be the case then she could be thrown-in at the weights in this off a rating of 88.
The three-year-old also gets a handy weight-for-age allowance and with Paul Hanagan in the saddle, Felwah can take advantage to land the spoils before going on to even better things.
2.10: Tom Hark
3.15: Dutch Party
4.20: New Providence (NAP)
4.50: Felwah (NB)
5.50: George Baker