Salisbury Course Guide

The Wiltshire course stage races throughout the summer including three Listed contests but the highlight of Salisbury’s season is the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes, traditionally staged in August.

Upgraded from Listed status in 2004, the David Elsworth-trained Norse Dancer landed the first Pattern race of his career in the year the one-mile contest was upgraded to Group Three status. Other recent winners include the very smart Captain Cat (2014) and Kodi Bear (2015).

Other feature races staged at Salisbury include the 12-furlong Listed Upavon Fillies’ Stakes and the Cathedral Stakes, which takes place annually on a Sunday meeting in mid-June. Run over six furlongs for three-year-olds and older, the race was won in 2007 by Sakhee’s Secret, who landed the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on his next start.

The final Listed event of the season is the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes which is restricted to two-year-olds and run over six furlongs.

Flat Racing

Salisbury Flat RacingTimeform

Right handed. A loop course, and despite the run-in of seven furlongs (with a right-handed elbow after three furlongs), those ridden handily can gain an advantage as the gallop is often on the steady side around the sharp loop section. The straight course is uphill throughout the last half-mile and rather testing, especially for early season two-year-olds, so an ability to see out the trip thoroughly is important.

The ground runs away from you down towards the bottom loop at Salisbury and the bend is tighter than some people think. It doesn’t seem to ride as a smooth turn, either, with a short ‘straight’ before the long left-hander into the home straight. You definitely do not want to be wide on that bend and, when it’s wet, it can be a bit slippy. Poor positioning going into the loop is a big disadvantage, too, but, because Salisbury is a track that’s largely on the collar, you don’t get many hard-luck stories there.

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17:45 Saunton Sands Hotel North Devon EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 4) (6f 213y)
Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel (Qatar Racing Limited)
  • Winner: Federal Law
  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy
  • Trainer: Archie Watson
  • Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

18:15 Bob Gibson 60th Birthday Handicap

(Class 5) (6f)
Yellow, yellow and dark blue diabolo on sleeves (Mr Matthew Cottis)
  • Winner: Blackheath
  • Jockey: L P Keniry
  • Trainer: Ed Walker
  • Owner: Mr Matthew Cottis

18:45 Sovereign Wealth Management Novice Stakes

(Class 5) (6f 213y)
Royal blue (Godolphin)
  • Winner: Bedouin's Story
  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy
  • Trainer: S bin Suroor
  • Owner: Godolphin

19:15 Quality Marquee Hire Ltd Handicap

(Class 4) (1m)
Yellow and light blue stripes, yellow sleeves, light blue stars, light blue cap (Hitchcock, King, McFadden)
  • Winner: Letsbe Avenue
  • Jockey: S De Sousa
  • Trainer: R Hannon
  • Owner: Hitchcock, King, McFadden

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(Class 5) (1m 4f 5y)
Red and black stripes, red sleeves (Mr P K Siu)
  • Winner: Groveman
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley
  • Trainer: C Hills
  • Owner: Mr P K Siu

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(Class 6) (1m 1f 201y)
Cerise, black spots on body and cap, black sleeves, cerise spots (Aston Bloodstock)
  • Winner: Fannie By Gaslight
  • Jockey: S De Sousa
  • Trainer: M R Channon
  • Owner: Aston Bloodstock

20:45 British Stallion Studs EBF 'Ladies' Evening' Fillies' Handicap

(Class 3) (1m 1f 201y)
Maroon, grey epaulets (Prince A A Faisal)
  • Winner: Savaanah
  • Jockey: S De Sousa
  • Trainer: R Charlton
  • Owner: Prince A A Faisal

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