Jockeys can be the worst tipsters.
But in his entertaining and informative Saturday column in racing’s trade paper, Richard Hughes identified Misterioso as his best opportunity of the day at Salisbury last night.
There was talk the Hannon yard had an above average juvenile in Misterioso but, uncharacteristically for a stable which produces a multitude of winning debutants, he was less precocious than expected at the track last month.
Hughes dashed from Newmarket’s showcase meeting to principally partner the colt who, now more streetwise, had little more than exercise in the seven furlong affair, breezing past pacemaking Harlequin Striker.
“A nice sort, we’ll find another race for him but there are no targets yet,” said trainer Richard Hannon, whose unexpected appearance at the course can only give further substance to the gossip he is well regarded.
Misterioso is a work in progress, as long standing owner Michael Pescod reflected: “He's got a lot of growing up to do.”
On the Wiltshire track’s Ladies Night, a four legged filly caught the eye.
Just as impressive was the Tearless who underlined her potential in the 10f handicap to suggest she could make her mark at a higher level.
The Yorkshire Oaks is now under consideration.
Robert Eddery entered Feeling Easy in the modest novice auction race in the hope of qualifying her for a £40,000 handicap at Newmarket next month, but his optimism faded on seeing the depth of entries.
However, only four stood their ground and the filly, who he considers has improved since winning at Newbury, scampered home.
“I was looking for a small race for her but then I saw the entries were much stronger than I had hoped for. But she loves this fast ground and has done it well. She's small but honest.”
The last adjective is not one which some punters would apply to Vallarta, who could almost qualify for a degree in self-inflicted under achievement.
Sometimes he is simply not good enough but on other occasions he simply mugs himself to contribute to his long litany of defeats.
However, Vallarta finally delivered in the six furlong handicap in which William Twiston-Davies excelled, delaying his challenge once an opening had appeared until the shadow of the post.
But it came at a cost. Stewards banned him for two days and Kieren Fox, rider of third placed Lady Phill, for four days for improper use of the whip.
Connections of Cosette were certainly left with a sting in the tail after Jelly Fish had gallantly clawed back the 12f handicap in the dying stride, leaving Amanda Perrett’s husband, Mark, to muse on what might have been.
“That was really tight,” he admitted. “We've had more than 20 seconds, and instead of about 50 winners which would have been a really great season, we've only had about 20. But he's progressive, the step up in trip certainly helped and we'll take him home and try win another race with him.”