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Weight is no handicap as Goring looks good for Eve at Salisbury

By Chris Wilson

Goring should not be discounted when he takes an intriguing descent in class at Salisbury.

The four-year-old hardly looks a handicap snip, but did enough at Ayr last time to warrant support in the Alford Investments Ltd Handicap.

Eve Johnson Houghton's inmate won a better race than this at Windsor on August 1, but rather struggled in two subsequent starts that month.

But the argument that he was now hamstrung by the assessor had to be tempered as he flashed home with purpose in a class two sprint handicap at the Western meeting.

Goring really caught the eye inside the final furlong, eventually finishing fifth to Classic Seniority and only two and a quarter lengths away from the winner.

That performance failed to impress the handicapper, though, who has opted to relieve him of a pound.

The son of Areion is now just 3lb higher than when he looked so sharp at Windsor, while the reappointment of Tom Marquand is no bad thing, either.

Goring has won before with ease in the ground so the recent rainfall at the track would not have been greeted with too much dismay by his capable trainer.

Hannon's representative runs in the Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap off a mark of 93, so his chance is obvious if that Doncaster run has instilled into him a greater sense of purpose.

First-time blinkers might do for Banish in the 32Red Handicap at Kempton tonight.

The three-year-old gelding has a tendency to blow up once the traps rip open - as evidenced on his last four outings - but he is not devoid of ability.

Bedrock has finished second on his last two starts - not because of anything untoward, it would seem - and would be an utterly deserving winner of the KFE School Of Frying Excellence Handicap at Nottingham this afternoon.

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