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Ribbons to reward Fanshawe's patience

Ribbons can reward James Fanshawe's patient approach by winning the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.

The Newmarket handler has charted a typically cautious route with this likeable filly, who will be having her first outing since May 10 in this Listed affair.

A protracted campaign can often be a cause for concern, but it could, conversely, mean she is a little more sprightly than the rest of them as she vies for a first victory at this level.

And Ribbons, from what we have seen so far, looks at least up to Listed class.

The chestnut daughter of Manduro won her first four races and has since shaped creditably given she is far from a straightforward ride.

Fanshawe's inmate needs a fast pace and plenty of cover in her races, which was not the case at Ascot in May when she darted home for second place in a stop-start encounter over a mile.

The form from that handicap is stronger than first considered as the third horse home, Majestic Queen, went on to defeat Joyeuse in a Listed race in Ireland. Proven with cut in the ground and being by Manduro, this step back up to just short of a mile and a quarter looks a good piece of business.

BOWIE BOY is deserving of interest in the Goldring Security Services Pembroke Cup.

Ralph Beckett's colt made a solid turf debut at Sandown towards the end of July when he got to within a length of the 90-rated Halation, who is progressing nicely.

Salisbury is not the easiest racecourse to master, but he clearly gets a mile very well on the evidence of that Esher spin.

CANOVA turned in a stout display a fortnight ago, and should not be too far away in the Champagne Joseph Perrier Handicap.

The gelded son of Art Connoisseur stepped up on recent runs on turf to finish third in a one-mile handicap at Windsor, in which he was forced to take the race by scruff of its neck due to a lack of pace.

That will not have been ideal for Roger Charlton's representative, so that run should perhaps be upgraded.

SAKHEE'S ROSE has a cracking chance upon his return to the Kempton Polytrack. Ed McMahon's four-year-old filly has made stealthy progress this year.


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