This weekend saw another ringing endorsement for Salisbury form as, remarkably, for the 2nd year running the St Leger was won by a Salisbury graduate.
Back on the opening day of the season Harbour Law, trained by Laura Mongan and ridden by George Baker, was a clear winner of the Betfred “Goals Galore Extra” EBF Stallions Maiden. That day, Harbour Law shaped like a nice horse, and soon progressed to finish a gallant 2nd at Royal Ascot in the Queen’s Vase to Swordfighter before finishing a close 4th in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy in July. A month off the track during August saw Harbour Law primed to turn in a career best performance at Doncaster on Saturday to get up in the dying strides to land the oldest classic in the world.
Another Salisbury graduate, Ventura Storm, who landed the Whitsbury Manor Stud EBF Stallions Novice Stakes last season is a Listed and Group 3 winner in his own right finished 2nd for the Richard Hannon stable at Doncaster.
In winning the St Leger, Harbour Law emulated last year’s Bibury Cup heroine Simple Verse who landed a dramatic renewal of the race last season before ending the season with victory in the Group 1 Qipco Fillies and Mares at Ascot on Champion’s Day. Last week at Doncaster saw Ralph Beckett’s filly get back to winning ways as she displayed a searing turn of foot to get up on the line in the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes.
We are very lucky to witness the quality of horses that we do at Salisbury on a regular basis, and it is more than plausible that we have seen some future stars again this season. Already the form of the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies’ Listed race has been franked by Chain of Daisies who has since gone on to land the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor whilst Sovereign Stakes champion Zonderland was narrowly touched off in the Group 2 Celebration Mile by another Salisbury graduate, Lightning Spear who landed the Molson Coors Handicap last season.
Similarly, at our fixture in early September, two very decent looking 2 year old fillies - Poet’s Vanity and Argenterie were successful in their races and both look horses with considerable potential.
Off the track Salisbury winners are making waves too – recent Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Fillies’ winner Madam Dancealot sold for €260,000 at the Goffs Champions sale over the weekend.
With only two meetings to go before the track receives a hard earned rest, how many more promising horses will we see before the curtain falls on another successful season at Salisbury?