4:20 – Salisbury – ASHBRITTLE STUD BIBURY CUP (Handicap) (Bobis Race)(CLASS 3) (3yo 0–95) 1m 4f Good to Firm, Firm in places (Watered)

Hymenios ran very well at the Derby meeting at Epsom over 1 mile 2 furlongs and suggested that a step up in trip would see him in better light.

The three-year-old chestnut colt is trained by Richard Hannon who has his yard in good form and looks to have a decent chance today.

Hymenaios has only run five times in his career to date. He ran twice as a two-year-old and was placed on both occasions. He started his 2014 campaign with a win in a Class 5 Maiden at Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting. His next run came at Sandown when he contested a Class 3 Handicap when he ran poorly. His last run in a Class 2 handicap at Epsom saw him coming back into form when he was running on strongly at the end of the race to finish in third place.

He runs over 1 mile 4 furlongs for the first time today. The way he stayed on at Epsom suggests he will get the extra 2 furlongs as does his breeding – he was sired by Danehill Dancer. The going at Salisbury is Good to Firm, Firm in places and with two good placed runs in Good to Firm ground the underfoot conditions should suit.

He was put up 1lb by the handicapper for his Epsom run and runs off a mark of 87 this afternoon. It remains to be seen if he is capable of winning off this mark, but he appeared well capable off just 1lb less last time out.

Hymenios is ridden by Richard Hughes for the third time today. Richard has already ridden 49 winners on the flat turf this season including 13 in the last 14 days. He also has a very good record riding at Salisbury with a 24% winning strike rate over the last five seasons.

With going conditions likely to suit as is the step up in trip to 1 mile 4 furlongs Hymenios looks to have a favourites chance of winning today. With champion jockey Richard Hughes in the plate in a small field if he is good enough he should win.



TONY WARD

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