Hippy Hippy Shake could have plenty of fans
Preview: Salisbury, Wednesday
EBF Upavon Fillies' Stakes (Listed), 1m2f, 3yo+
HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE, who produced a career-best performance to land a Listed event at York last month, has to concede weight all round, but many punters will consider this course winner to be up to the task under Kieren Fallon.
Gertrude Versed, eighth behind Talent in the Oaks, came up against a rapidly improving filly in Waila at Newmarket last time and lost no caste in defeat despite going down by ten lengths. She drops in trip this afternoon.
Conversely Light Up My Life, a disappointment in first-time
cheekpieces at Ascot almost three weeks ago, goes up in distance with the headgear retained. Her trainer Richard Hannon is always to be respected at his local track.
Franny Norton takes over on lightly-raced Mango Diva, with regular partner Ryan Moore unable to do 8st 5lb.
What they say
Andrew Balding, trainer of Bana Wu
"She ran a good race at Ascot, and has freshened up well. She's in good order, these are very much her optimum conditions, and so I would hope she runs well."
Ralph Beckett, trainer of Rhagori
"She'll like the ground, the trip suits, and a turning track is ideal as we saw at Goodwood. My only concern is that she hasn't had much of a gap between Goodwood and this race, but she is a big girl now and it's the right time to roll the dice."
Clive Brittain. trainer of Semayyel
"She's in very good form, and if she runs up to her best she has achance. Her work has been very impressive lately, and this represents a big drop in class from the Nassau at Goodwood. Things haven't really gone her way so far this year, but she definitely has the ability to win this."
William Haggas, trainer of Rock Choir
"She's an improving filly, and ready for the step up in class. My
worry is that she's drawn right on the wing in stall ten, which isn't ideal, but I'm hopeful she can overcome it as she's definitely going the right way and is bred to get better as she gets older."
In the last three seasons Rosie Jessop has six wins and three places from just fifteen rides in Yarmouth handicaps (+£16 to £1 stakes.) She rides Baan for James Eustace at 7-05.
Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Beverley: good to firm, good in places
Ffos Las: good to firm, good in places
Salisbury: good to firm (watered)
Yarmouth: good to firm. The home straight is to be watered this morning