Horse racing: Trade Commissioner ready to make mark in Group Three

Trade Commissioner promises to light up an intriguing Salisbury card when he tries Group Three company for the first time in the Sovereign Stakes.

Unraced until this season, the Montjeu four-year-old has been highly progressive and represents the all-conquering team of John Gosden and William Buick.

He was expected to play a leading role in the valuable Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood, but was taken out the day before the race having reportedly not eaten up.

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Assuming he is fully over that minor problem, he should take all the beating and any rain that falls to take the sting out of the ground will be in his favour. Tullius is an obvious threat but it was a weak Group Two he ran in when third at Ascot.

Gold Edition gets the vote in the Mary Wort Memorial Maiden Stakes.

Front-running tactics in a first-time visor nearly paid off for Jeremy Noseda’s colt at Lingfield only to be swamped late on by the impressive Royal Empire.

The winner has gone on to run well on his handicap debut, so the form is reliable enough, and this drop to the best part of seven furlongs from a mile is in the selection’s favour judged on that last effort.

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Al Waab looked a smart prospect on debut and can confirm that 
impression in a trappy Liberty 
Mutual Insurance Conditions Stakes at Newmarket.

The Sir Henry Cecil-trained two-year-old was not rushed early and picked up really well when asked, winning going away in the end.

Warren Place juveniles are almost guaranteed to improve from their first runs which is really encouraging and this son of Danehill Dancer holds the right sort of big-race 

Moon Trip looks the one for Mark Johnston in the Jackson’s Yorkshire Champion Bread Handicap at Beverley. The prolific Middleham handler has won the last two runnings of the two-mile affair and has another ideal candidate in this three-year-old, who is a course and distance winner.

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Just four runners have been declared, but all have claims of varying sorts and while Darren Egan did little wrong when just touched off at Newmarket, there can be no doubting Silvestre de Sousa taking over is a definite plus.

Waspy is fancied to land the hat-trick in the Handicap at Chepstow. Back-to-back wins at Bath have been achieved with something in hand under 
Richard Hughes, on the latest 
occasion defying a 4lb rise.

She has a 6lb penalty to overcome for that, but this is just modest company and her style of racing suggests the try at ten furlongs might bring about further improvement.

Former crack Flat handicapper Forgotten Voice could not have been more impressive on his jumping debut and should not be troubled in taking the next step on the ladder in the Orchard Hill Novices’ Hurdle at Stratford.

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Not a terrible amount to get 
excited about at Fontwell, but Le Grand Chene only narrowly failed to carry a penalty to success last month and looks capable off a similar mark in the ABP Port of Southampton 
Novices’ Handicap Chase.