I am looking forward to seeing Advertise run in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket next month, to see if he can emulate previous Commonwealth Cup winners, Quiet Reflection and Muhaarar, in going on to be become champion sprinter.
He has a mountain to climb to achieve that, after what Blue Point did last week, but with the Godolphin runner now retired Advertise has all season to try and scale similar heights.
Looking ahead to a busy weekend, the Irish Derby and Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (where I’ll be) taking centre stage.
It will be interesting to see how the Derby form holds up at the Curragh. Japan and Circus Maximus gave the Epsom form a big boost last week, and it will be good to see how the winner Anthony Van Dyck and second Madhmoon get on.
Today’s tips are all covered by Racing TV with the first two at Salisbury and the final two at Kempton.
Won this race last year on his handicap debut as a three-year-old following a maiden breaking success here over 7f when in front of King’s Slipper, who he meets again.
He didn’t race again in 2018 and was gelded plus had a wind op. This son of Power returned off a 10-month layoff with a head second over a mile at Newmarket at the Craven meeting before running well enough without staying the 9f of the Spring Lodge Stakes at Newmarket at the Guineas meeting.
The form of that four-length seventh has worked out with the third, Vintager, going on to win a Group Three in France.
On Wednesday, he is back down in trip, down in grade, and returns to Salisbury where he has a perfect 2-2 record. Andrea Atzeni takes over in the saddle for Marcus Tregoning, who has won this handicap twice in the past three years.
The feature race of the day at Salisbury, The Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup, is one of the course’s most historic as it has been run since 1899.
This year a highly competitive field go to post and Jersey Wonder has a big each-way shout to improve off his seasonal reappearance and run much better than his odds might suggest.
Last season this son of Zoffany ran two really good races here; when second on debut behind the subsequent Listed placed Cap Francais and then winning a mile novice last September. At the end of the season he landed a novice over an extended 9f at Wolverhampton.
Over the winter he was gelded before returning off a seven-month layoff and missing the kick, before a never-really-involved fourth at Sandown behind Fox Premier.
Connections equip him with blinkers on Wednesday and the pedigree suggests that the step up to 12f should suit Jersey Wonder. From stall 2, he should be able to find a handy, early racing position.
A filly who has been a friend to this column in the past and one who runs her best races around Kempton Park.
Five of her six career wins have been at the track, including two over course and distance.
Chloellie’s last win came in January here over course and distance in a fillies’ only handicap and she is returning to racing against her own sex after a couple of solid runs against the boys.
She has been given a short break, which is a positive as she goes really well fresh, and leading jockey Oisin Murphy rides her for the first time.
Another mare who is better around Kempton than she is anywhere else, with all seven of her career victories achieved here - including three over this mile distance.
Magic Mirror returns to Kempton after two unsuccessful tries on the turf, bringing her overall stats on the grass to 0 for 11.
It is interesting to note that trainer Mark Rimell is putting the cheekpieces back on this daughter of Dutch Art after leaving them off at Newbury last time.
All of her win and placed efforts have come with headgear of some sort on and five of victories have come with those cheekpieces equipped.
She should be a nice double-digit price to take an each-way chance on. Some of her more fancied rivals have questions to answer.