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Five key contenders for the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury

Wed 2 Sep 2020

The Group Three Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes (3.10pm) is the highlight of Salisbury’s eight-race card on Thursday.

The six-furlong contest, which is live exclusively on Racing TV boasts an excellent roll of honour that includes subsequent Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Crimplene (1999), Cheveley Park Stakes winner (Serious Attitude), Joyeuse (2013) and Anna Nerium (2017).

Richard Hannon has won two of the past three renewals and saddles two runners, including the exciting Happy Romance.

Here are five contenders from the final field of 14 which look a must for any shortlist.

HAPPY ROMANCE

Trainer: Richard Hannon. Jockey: Sean Levey. Draw: 11 Odds: 9-4

Richard Hannon told Rishi Persad more about Happy Romance after her latest win over 6f at York

Has enjoyed a fine season so far, amassing £177,630 in prize money following victories in the Weatherbys Super Sprint and the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes. Richard Hannon has made no secret of the fact that he thinks she could develop into a smart performer in Pattern company. She clearly relishes this trip and Sean Levey gets on very well with the daughter of Dandy Man. She has to be high on the shortlist despite her awkward draw and could provide Hannon with a third victory in four years.

TIME SCALE

Trainer: Ralph Beckett. Jockey: Oisin Murphy. Draw: 8 Odds: 3-1

_How good is Time Scale? Oisin Murphy shared his thoughts with Lydia Hislop after she won at Newmarket _

Looked a smart prospect when bolting up in Listed company at Newmarket in June, before finishing a solid fourth in the Group Two Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes next time out. The winner Dandalla is one of the highest-rated two-year-olds in training, whilst the second Rev Fover has gone on to land a Listed event at Sandown and the Group Two Prix du Calvados. Moreover, the third Santosha went on to win the Group Three Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes. The form therefore has a very strong look to it and given that effort, she looks the one to beat.

DICKIEDOODA

Trainer: Jessica Harrington. Jockey: Tom Marquand. Draw: 2 Odds: 11-1

Shane Foley gave his verdict on Dickiedooda after her Cork success

Jessica Harrington has not been afraid to send her juveniles over to Britain this season and Dickiedooda looks a big price here. A smart winner on debut at the Curragh, she was never travelling when behind subsequent Prix Morny heroine Campanelle in the Queen Mary. She bounced back to form with a Listed success at Cork, before finishing fifth in the Marwell Stakes at Naas last time out. She should stay six furlongs on pedigree and her best form entitles her to be an each-way player at the very least.

PORNSTAR MARTINI

Trainer: Henry Candy. Jockey: George Wood. Draw: 3 Odds: 12-1

Named after the best cocktail around, Pornstar Martini was a 12th two-year-old winner from 171 runners for Henry Candy in the last five seasons, but could not have been more impressive with a sparkling three-length success at Chepstow. The form of that race has taken a few knocks since, but she won in the manner of a smart prospect and the step up to six furlongs looks sure to suit. The yard have only had seven winners so far this term, a disappointing 8 per cent strike-rate, but she is a fascinating contender.

ALCOHOL FREE

Trainer: Andrew Balding. Jockey: Rob Hornby. Draw: 14 Odds: 11-1

Andrew Balding spoke to Nick Luck about Alcohol Free after her debut success at Newbury

Powered clear in the manner of a smart prospect on debut at Newbury over this trip. A daughter of No Nay Never, she is a half-sister to a Listed winner and looks to hold live claims. The main concern is her draw in stall 14. However, it was hard not to be impressed with the way she picked up on her first start and if avoiding trouble and a tardy break from the stalls, something which happened at Newbury, she could outrun her odds.

BIG-RACE VERDICT

A fascinating renewal. Happy Romance is in sensational form and looks sure to go close for Richard Hannon. Dickiedooda is a Listed winner back in Ireland, but it remains to be seen whether the step up to six furlongs will suit.

Maiden winners Alcohol Free and Pornstar Martini are unexposed and the former, in particular, is a prospect to watch going forward.

However, the form of TIME SCALE’S fourth in the Group Two Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes has been boosted by the likes of Fev Rover and Santosha. With the winner Dandalla previously scoring at Royal Ascot, that race looks one of the best juvenile contests staged this season, in Britain at least, and that form alone gives her leading claims.

Her easy win in Listed company at Newmarket previously also lingers in the memory and she is a confident selection to return to winning ways.

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