Rewired to revel in the conditions



“The idleness once hitting the front cost him victory but it also meant that his true ability wasn’t accurately reflected in the 6lb rise he got for that performance.”

Proven in the conditions unlike most

Salisbury 15:55: Rewired 1pt win 5/1

With the possibility of more rain this morning on already soft ground at Salisbury, conditions are likely to be very testing by the time of the 1m4f handicap. The overnight market support for Evaluation was no surprise given the obvious eye-catching nature of his latest run, while Soapy Stevens comes here on the back of a good run in defeat at Doncaster and Rhebus Road could improve for the time off and step up in trip. Soapy Stevens is one of few horses to have run well in testing conditions but it’s another who appeals at the prices.

Rewired got off the mark on his second start at Lingfield when coming with a strong late run and he followed that up with a very good run in defeat on heavy ground at Newmarket when he was the one being caught on the line. He tracked the leaders through the first half of the race and was nudged along with half a mile to go. He went to the front going down the dip and was met for the lead by Oman. He got the better of him coming out of the dip and immediately pricked his ears once going a length in front and started to idle. Act Of Wisdom was staying on to the near side and De Sousa angled Rewired over to be next to him. Rewired found plenty once joined by Act Of Wisdom, who got the better of the battle by a nose.

Rewired looked a strong stayer on this evidence and a horse who would only just do enough in his races. The idleness once hitting the front cost him victory but it also meant that his true ability wasn’t accurately reflected in the 6lb rise he got for that performance.

He has only had one run this season, which was back on the all-weather at Lingfield. He raced quite keenly on the outside in the four-runner field in last early on before being moved wide to make headway into second in the back straight. He was pushed along and looked very awkward on the final bend and was outpaced in the sprint finish.

Rewired has been dropped 2lb for that to 73, a mark that I think underplays his ability based on his performance at Newmarket. That run showed that he can run very well on this ground and that the stamina test will suit, two things that aren’t certain for many of his rivals.

It is a bit concerning that he can race keenly and hung right last time, the latter being a worry because the field may end up coming to the stands side by this race given the ground. However, I think there could be plenty more to come from Rewired and despite the potential for improvement of others, any 4/1 or bigger appeals.