Our purple patch continues thanks to Wednesday’s 3/1 NAP bolting up in a maiden hurdle at Bangor by a mere 14 lengths. Brilliant.
That’s seven winners from our last eight suggestions – so, who’s next?
The sun may not shine at Salisbury on Thursday afternoon, but I’m hoping SOLAR ACLAIM will – again.
Roger Teal’s two-year-old won his debut over course and distance on the first day of September in good fashion, despite a troubled trip.
Bumped immediately after leaving the stalls, George Rooke, who remains in the plate for this Class 2 Conditions Stakes, was forced to take up a less-than-ideal position on the keen-going son of Aclaim from the off.
When the field started properly racing, he was all dressed up with nowhere to go on the rail before a gap eventually formed and he stormed home to win fairly cosily in the end.
That form is average, I will admit, but I think the selection was worth a lot more than the winning margin and should improve plenty for the experience.
There was juice in the ground that day, which provides optimism that he’ll handle conditions – something that can’t be said for several of his eight rivals.
Speaking of, Maximum Impact is rated 90 and if he can replicate his best form, he’d be tough to beat. However, he’s beaten just one horse in his last two outings, albeit at a higher level, and has to give the selection 6lbs.
Palmar Bay looks talented for all-conquering connections, but he also has to concede weight on his return from a 140-day break, on ground he’s yet to encounter. Similar comments apply to Jump Jet, but he looks the pick of the rest.
There’s definite dangers, but Solar Acclaim has plenty going for him and ought to make a bold bid.