By Richard Hoiles
Driving down to Salisbury’s final meeting yesterday with the trees on the turn it was easy to be reminded it is close to the changing of racing’s seasons.
Just before the better quality Flat horses make way for the jumpers there is the small matter of Future Champions day at Newmarket and Champions Day at Ascot to deal with but, whatever they throw up, the best news of all was the intention to keep Enable in training next season.
Coupled with a similar announcement regarding Harry Angel it means that, along with Cracksman, three of the leading lights of the Flat will be back next season. For once it emulates the drawcard of jumping, where the longevity of its stars add much to its appeal.
The Flat season is still holding on determinedly, with all four Tuesday cards on the level including one at Brighton which is the port of call for the first two selections.
Two previous visits to the Sussex track have yielded a win and a second for Mark Usher’s three-year-old, who met trouble last time at Lingfield when finishing third.
That was the first time Bayston Hill had been able to run in a 0-65 since winning at Bath in May and he is again eligible for that level on Tuesday.
The main concern will be the good to soft ground as he has largely been kept away from rain-softened going in the past despite the fact his sire, Big Bad Bob, has an Actual/Expected figure on 1.19 (Par 1.00) on ground good to soft or slower. He looks a leading player here.
Half an hour later Eben Dubai looks something to bet on in the Brighton finale.
Twice Eben Dubai came close to providing Tracey Barfoot-Saunt with a rare Flat winner at Bath when making the running, on one occasion doing especially well to sustain the effort given the gallop that was set.
Two runs for John Flint have yielded two placed efforts and whilst a fourteen raced maiden will hardly be everyone’s cup of tea as a stand out bet the booking of John Egan for this hands and heels race means he will have few better chances.
Spun Gold put up a career best on his first start for Charlie Fellowes last time at Lingfield and is worth a chance to build further on that in the Leicester finale.
Fellowes is making a name for himself in the early days of his training career and from a good family Spun Gold may have been a decent buy at just 11,000 guineas.
Gelded after that sale Lingfield was only his fifth career start, which means he has more scope to progress than the majority of his more exposed rivals here.
It is twenty years since Far Ahead landed the Ebor for Les Eyre, but after returning from a spell training in Spain his number of winners has steadily increased and whilst operating at far lower volumes than in their pomp it is still a yard to respect.
Marmion lost his form after a well-backed victory at Ripon in June off a mark of 68, and as a result finds himself off a lower mark this afternoon.
A Beverley third signalled an upturn and any market support would be a plus given the support that accompanied his Ripon win in June.
Richard Hoiles's Tuesday tips: (Prices correct at 9.30am)
4.50 Brighton: Bayston Hill at a generally available 9-2
5.55 Newcastle: Marmion at a generally available 11-1