Eight races will be run and won at Sandown on Sunday night, highlighted of course by the return of Enable in the Group l Eclipse (2000m).
Race 1. (22:15) Dragon Stakes 1000m
4 Jojo Rabbit (Bet Now: $13.00) is an Archie Watson trained colt that gave them a spanking two back at Wolverhampton prior to racing in the Norfolk during Royal Ascot where he was outclassed but far from disgraced in what I think will turn out to be a good race won by The Lir Jet. Back to this sort of level, he’ll take some beating.
A key chance is 9 Risk Of Thunder (Bet Now: $2.10), a James Tate trained filly that comes here off the back of a very sharp maiden win at Ripon over 1000m, showing really good change up speed when asked for the effort by McDonald. A big tick for her I think was getting back to 1000m, because at this stage of her career, that looks her trip.
8 Tanfantic (Bet Now: $9.00) looks to have some ability. Cost 25,000 pounds as a yearling and the rewards look instant. Didn’t beat much on debut at Windsor but loved the way the finale was produce, asserting some dominance late. With the scratching of Creative Force, it’s wide open and this horse will be a closer late.
Race 2. (22:50) Coral Charge 1000m
12 Liberty Beach (Bet Now: $3.25) has the A1 form for this. Talented filly that won at Listed level at Haydock over 1200m two back before going back to the 1000m and contesting the King’s Stand where she ran a career best when third to world class sprinter Battaash. You’d have to think that form is good enough to take this out, and 1000m is her trip.
10 Lazuli (Bet Now: $3.25) is a son of Dubawi for Charlie Appleby that rises a bit in grade/depth but is going well. Ran over this track/distance last time out and while I don’t think he beat much, it was the manner in which he put them away that impressed me, showing sharp change up speed and won with class/authority. Harder here, but think he’ll measure up.
1 Caspian Prince (Bet Now: $26.00) is an absolute beauty. 11 years of age but is still racing with a healthy zest. Started big odds on the All Weather at Newcastle last time out but gee he was impressive in winning under Tom Marquand. 1000m is his bread and butter these days and while I doubt he wins, he’s certainly one for multiples.
Race 3. (23:25) Henry ll Stakes 3200m
If 1 Cross Counter (Bet Now: $2.50) can’t put this field away, I don’t think Charlie Appleby should bother coming to Flemington for the first Tuesday in November. On paper, he has absolute panels on these despite being beaten nearly 20 lengths by Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. 4000m isn’t his go. Much better suited at two miles and gets firmer footing. Surely he wins.
2 Dashing Willoughby (Bet Now: $3.75) is an Andrew Balding trained that should love the rise to two miles. This four year old comes here off the back of a strong first up win over 2400m at Newmarket when under pressure a fair way out but his staying prowess came to the fore late and he was much too good. Can he beat Cross Counter? On form, no, but it is a horse race after all.
5 Withold (Bet Now: $5.50) can improve with the smaller field. Gave a sight for a brief period in the Gold Cup but like most, he caved in when Stradivarius bolted to the front, but he stayed on and was more than sound in defeat. Like him back to 3200m, should lead this small field up and back on top of the ground, can run an improved race.
Race 4. (00:00) Coral Challenge 1600m
Leaning the way of 4 Montatham (Bet Now: $3.25). William Haggas trained four year old that showed really good change up speed to win first up at Newmarket before going to the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot where he battled away really well but was no match for Dark Vision. Gets a weight pull on that horse here and Jim Crowley is back on.
2 Dark Vision (Bet Now: $4.75) is up a fair bit in weight, jumping up 3.5kg from his Royal Hunt Cup triumph at Royal Ascot, but the win had plenty of merit in the way he put them away, a decent field as well. Buick remains on and the horse is going well. Just a tricky gate to contend with and where he gets to in the run, but Buick has more than capable hands.
1 Qaysar (Bet Now: $12.00) is a Richard Hannon trained five year old that was a definite pass mark first up over 1400m at Newmarket before going to the Royal Hunt Cup and I think you’d have to mark him down as disappointing behind Dark Vision. Ryan Moore remaining on is interesting after last start, so I think watch the market.
Race 5. (00:35) Eclipse Stakes 2000m
I think 2 Ghaiyyath (Bet Now: $3.25) can bully his rivals into submission with sustained speed from the front. Yes, had conditions to suit first up in the Coronation Cup, but the manner in which he put them away, including Stradivarius, was high class. Gets the lead for fun here and with that 2400m run under the belt, back to 2000m here, he won’t be walking in front.
The market will be fascinating here with 6 Enable (Bet Now: $2.10). She’s one of the best in the world and is back in work with eyes towards another Arc, her last start last year when a narrow second to Waldgeist. How forward will she be for this because Ghaiyyath has the fitness on his side and he’ll make sure Enable has a proper run. Can win, but I couldn’t back at the shorts.
A career best is required from 7 Magic Wand (Bet Now: $29.00) but she showed her class during the Melbourne Spring when winning the Mackinnon. Resumed at the Curragh over the mile in a Group ll and she was just far too good for them. Is she top shelf to match it with these? I’m saying no, but can definitely fill a first four spot.
Race 6. (01:05) Gala Stakes 2000m
I think back up to 2000m will certainly suit 4 Fox Chairman (Bet Now: $3.75). Resumed in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and I think you just have to say he was outclassed behind Circus Maximus in what turned out to be a quality edition of that race. Best form for Fox Chairman is up to 2000m, so now he’s here, think he can take it out.
I’m wary of 5 Global Giant (Bet Now: $3.25) for the John Gosden team with Frankie to steer. Hasn’t raced since January 6 at Wolverhampton when taking on three rivals but treated them like they were camels in a very much commanding performance. Hasn’t been sighted since that run but good lead that they elect to resume in a decent race like this.
1 Dubai Warrior (Bet Now: $7.50) is a big query here. Stablemate of Global Giant who looks well above average, but his best figures, which have come in his most recent starts, have been on All Weather tracks and he has been nowhere near as effective on turf, so that’s the query going into this race, but he brought his All Weather form, he’d be in the mix.
Race 7. (01:35) Super Series Fillies Handicap 2000m
Good test here for 4 Tulip Fields (Bet Now: $2.75) but confident she can measure up. Resumed with a strong win at Goodwood before stepping up to 2400m at Newmarket and yes, didn’t beat much, just two rivals, but she made it look very easy and justified the short quote. Harder here, but she’s got the 2400m run under the belt, so you’d like to think she’ll be strong late here.
3 Be More (Bet Now: $4.20) is a daughter of Shamardal for Andrew Balding that resumed over the mile at Haydock when just off the speed and while she didn’t quicken, she stayed on and was more than sound in defeat when third to Cap Francais. Racing as if the 2000m will suit, in the right stable and Oisin Murphy remains on.
7 Asiaaf (Bet Now: $6.00) is well treated at the weights re her rating and she’s got some promise. Was good on debut at Kempton Park on the All Weather before going to Goodwood where she started odds on and was just far too good for them. The 51kg looks ideal for her, she’s got enormous upside and is a key threat I feel.
Race 8. (02:10) Prostate Cancer UK Handicap 1400m
Tricky race to close out the meeting. 6 Campari (Bet Now: $4.75) looks the one with the upside and progression compared to most engaged here. Roger Charlton trains this three year old, who resumed as a gelding at Chepstow and was much too good for them over the mile. Back to 1400m is a little query, but I think he’s got more to come.
3 Ashaasy (Bet Now: $3.75) is a John Gosden trained son of Oasis Dream that returned as a gelding when racing at Royal Ascot and while he was beaten 11 lengths, he was far from disgraced I thought behind Khaloosy. Jim Crowley takes over and the depth here is nowhere near as strong, so think he has to be rated highly.
12 What An Angel (Bet Now: $6.00) is still a maiden but a win isn’t far off for Richard Hannon. Resumed over the mile at Bath on Thursday when near the speed and battled away well late, getting caught in the final couple of strides by Motamayiz. Interesting that she backs up straight away and comes back to 1400m. Watch the market.
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