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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Perfect Quest out to see off the youngsters in open affair

Perfect Quest: the joint top weight is a consistent filly at the top of her game
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4.00 Salisbury

Margadale Fillies' Handicap | 1m2f | 3yo+ fillies and mares | RUK

Salisbury has a strong tradition of providing attractive opportunities for fillies and, with £20,000 up for grabs, this 1m2f handicap has attracted runners from some of the biggest stables in the south.

With the ceiling rating raised this year from 85 to 90 it's perhaps disappointing that there are only seven runners and that the joint topweights Fengate and Perfect Quest are rated only 80.

However, the three-year-old Dubara, a beautifully bred Dubawi filly from Luca Cumani's Fittocks Stud, is rated 2lb higher than that, and it's still a competitive affair from a punting perspective.

Youth beats experience

Three-year-olds have won the last five runnings and eight of the last ten. They outnumber their elders by five to two this time, but that has not always been the case.

What they say

Roger Charlton, trainer of Fengate
When Fengate joined us in the new year after racing in France we didn't think that the handicapper had been very kind in giving her a mark of 80 on what she had achieved, but she's done well and is bred to improve and will stay further in due course. I'm happy with the way she's working.

Clive Cox, trainer of Perfect Quest
She's running well and is at the top of her game. I think it's still early enough for the three-year-olds, but there are some nice ones in there against her.

Luca Cumani, trainer of Dubara
She's been training well and we are happy with her condition. We are stepping her up in distance – which should be good for her – and hopefully she'll run a good race.

Richard Hannon, trainer of Billesdon Bess
She was second in a similar race at Salisbury last month and likes the track. She ought to have a good chance.

Hugo Palmer, trainer of Kind Of Beauty
She's a big rangy filly who had a little setback in the spring so is only just making her seasonal reappearance. She was very weak last year but has strengthened up and gives me the impression she will stay.

Ralph Beckett, trainer of Harebell
This is a nice race and one I've been trying to win for a while. Everything went right for Harebell last time at Nottingham in the first time hood, and so we've left it on. She'll enjoy the stiff mile and a quarter.

David Simcock, trainer of Hidden Charms
She does very little at home and so it was a nice surprise when she won at Wolverhampton, admittedly in a weak maiden. She's still an unknown quantity but I'd say they've got her in on the right sort of mark.

She's running well and is at the top of her game. I think it's still early enough for the three-year-olds
E.W. Terms
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