Commissioner can continue Gosden's superb form
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Edited
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John Gosden, fresh from a fantastic week at Royal Ascot, can land Salisbury's featured Molson Coors Noel Cannon Memorial Trophy Handicap with Trade Commissioner.
The 4-y-o is a gelded son of Montjeu out of Sun Chariot winner Spinning Queen, who built on the promise of his Kempton debut when comfortably landing a warm Sandown maiden last month. He then shaped well over 1m2f on handicap debut at Newmarket 18 days ago and will not be inconvenienced by this drop back in trip on the forecast drying ground. Pilot William Buick is riding at the top of his form and his mount is open to a deal of improvement after just three career starts.
Main danger for the £16,000 prize money may come from bottomweight Roserrow. Andrew Balding enjoyed a treble at Chepstow on Monday and clearly has his stable in excellent form, and the 3-y-o has been progressing steadily on each of his three runs to date. He stepped up on his Newmarket debut when landing a Lingfield maiden over this trip last month (form well franked since by the placed horses), and turned in another good run when a close-up second in a Kempton handicap since.
Norse Blues has held his form since winning on seasonal bow at Doncaster in March but may now be in the grip of the handicapper, while topweight Mawaakef has been lumped up 8lb for not winning (excellent second at Epsom 26 days ago) and seems more exposed than most.
A bigger threat comes from Rod Millman's Shavansky. He is a habitual slow starter who won a competitive 1m Chepstow handicap last summer, and took a large step back in the right direction when second at Kempton in May. The veteran 8-y-o wasn't disgraced at Newmarket last time and will be a threat to all if holding his position in the early stages.
At bigger prices the old-timer Vainglory may outrun his odds. The 8-y-o bagged a 1m handicap at York in October and showed clear signs of a return to form on his last two starts. He is on a competitive mark and will handle the conditions so a bold show would not surprise under the promising 5lb claimer Laura Pike.
In summary, a tight handicap with plenty of the main contenders having a progressive profile or appealing as nearing their peak. Trade Commisioner comes from a yard in blistering form and is fancied to cut these down late on. At around 5-1 this morning he appeals as a solid each-way proposition.
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