When was the last time Frankie Dettori rode at Salisbury?
Tonight he goes there for one ride, SAMBURU (6-10), for the Gosden yard, who send just the one horse on a round trip of 300+ miles.
SAMBURU made debut at Yarmouth 191 days ago and was sent off an unfancied 11/1 shot, ridden by Kieran O’Neill.
Held up out the back he made very smooth headway from about two furlongs out, took it up just inside the final furlong and went away to win by just under two lengths.
We wont get 11/1 tonight but something has given Dettori a nudge in the ribs, encouraged him to ride in the evening, for a first prize of less than £4k to the winner and his %age of that prize money wont amount to a hill of beans.
In that Yarmouth race, which was run on the 11th of October, I recall we had an OMM….SHIGAR, who was backed in from 5/1 > 9/4, drifted out to 10/3JF and was, lets say, an “eyecatcher”.
Tom Marquand was anything but hard on the horse, ran a cracker to finish third and just over two weeks later was sent to Nottingham, where he was again supported, went off the 5/6 favourite but suffered a bit of interference two furlongs from home and was allowed to just come home in his own time, finishing his race off well yet again.
This horse was then put away for the winter, before making sweasonal debut on March 27th. Opened 9/2, was supported in to 5/2, went off 11/4 behind a very strong odds on Hannon runner, DAWN OF LIBERATION, who bolted in by three lengths.
SHIGAR tried to give the winner a race and as a result ran out of legs towards the finish, lost third place close home and now has a handicap mark of 78.
If Haggas doesn’t get this horse to win a handicap off that mark, I’ll be amazed and he’s definitely one for your trackers.
SAMBURU – WIN