Selected Worcester – good ground on this flat and galloping track
1.00The short priced fav is the classy Irish raider Streets Of Doyen, but his handicap mark is no gimme and looking at his record , this kind of C&D not to his advantage . Both Thistle Do Nicely and Oscar Montel come here in top form and both run well here. Hard to split as their penalties make it hard to be sure who has the edge . Forecast time
¼ pt rev fc Thistle Do Nicely , Oscar Montel
1.35 Very few come into this with a serious chance and the fav is Head On , who has his first try over fences after a 2 months break and despite Heave never being that far away , he’s so hard to win with and is a bit of a plodder . Hoot At Midnight ran a cracker over C&D last time when a close 2nd , and the 2 pound hit could have been worse. Bit worried about the 2 months break.
¼ pt win Hoot At Midnight @ 7/2
2.40 Seinesational should carry a Government Wealth warning as he’s been turned over at odds on in his last two and is looking increasingly easy to take on . Not at present comes here on the back of a fine 2nd at Market Rasen and despite having a little bit to find on official ratings, looks the more willing .
¼ pt win Not At Present @ 5/2
3.10 A highly competitive small field handicap but as Fix Sun bounced 2nd race back after a long absence , hard to see anything better today . A good pace is on the cards as the dangerously well handicapped Constancio races front rank as do Thahab Ifraj, who may not be suited to this C&D and confirmed front runner Champagne City , a very willing sort , but returns from a 3 months break on a fair mark but more potent on easy ground . This leaves Irish raider Play the game , who hasn’t been threatening of late and reformed character Solstalla, who after looking an easy one to take on, suddenly comes here on a 4 timer . She’s up 5 pounds and in grade but has a great race make up for a hold up type and runs this C&D very well .
¼ pt win Solstalla @ 9/2
3.40 All of Headscarf Lil, Just Once and Dynamic Kate are holding their form well but preference is for the well handicapped C&D winner Midnight Aurora, and has won returning from a similar break before . Only worry is that the usually busy top stable of Dan Skelton has been very quiet of late .
¼ pt win Midnight Aurora @ 5/1
Selected Brighton – good ground on this sharp ,undulating and tricky track
2.20 A very modest sprint handicap and the form horse is Lasting Beauty , who’s never far away and proven around here . Should be her day .
¼ pt win Lasting Beauty @ 9/4
3.20 Touchwood finally broke his duck last time, but still remains unconvincing in the finish , while the late playing Endowed chased home a good one over C&D last time . Sands of time looked the real deal when winning on debut on the Lingfield polytrack and was allocated a high enough handicap mark , and also had some stiff tasks . Her recent comeback spin was pretty good against some in form rivals and she’s been dropped a few more pounds in the handicap . Could surprise making all .
¼ pt win Sands Of Time @ 15/2
3.50 Only 4 go and the likely leader is the consistent but luckless Goddess Of Fire . Dark Company is unlikely to benefit from the drop in trip around here while course specialist De Vegas Kid, is a late player on a long losing run .
½ pt win Goddess Of Fire @ 11/4
4.25 He’s our star wasn’t looking about to strike but was certainly on a going day over C&D last time , but no guarantee he’ll be in the same mood again today and the 4 pound hit no help . C&D specialist Thomas Lanfiere now looks In the grip of the handicapper whlle sam Bellamy has it prove switching from the all weather . Montys Inn shaped up better here last time in a classified event when 3rd and would have finished closer with a more positive ride and is preferred.
¼ pt win Montys Inn @ 5/1
5.00 PREMIUM RACE
5.30 Temur Khan landed a small field selling handicap over C&D last time , coming off the pace , but with a 4 pound hit, is unlikely to double up in this grade . Alambrista is having a hard time getting her nose in front as too is Eton blue , and they have tried a variety of trips, surfaces and tactics with Alambrista, but still haven’t unlocked the door . The dependable Hooves like Jagger was a good 2nd over C&D last time and despite the 2 pound hit is the most reliable and gets the nod .
¼ pt Win Hooves Like Jagger @ 5/2
Selected Sandown – probably good ground on this stiff and galloping track
Today’s Sandown Fortune for a fiver
50p ew Trixie & 50p ew treble
Whistledown 4.50 @ 14/1
Nelson Gay 5.20 @ 10/1
Ravens ark 5.45 @ 4/1
3.55 All unraced 2yos and over half of the field cost over £100,000 ! and pride of place in terms of value is the Godolphin colt King Of Conquest costing £900,000 ! Only one of these has a group entry and that’s Umax, a £300,000 colt .
4.20 PREMIUM RACE
4.50 A very tricky Nursery and the only certainty is that this will be raced at a ferocious gallop with a host of front runners which will help the late playing and strong finishing Whistledown , who could surprise from a nice draw.
½ pt ew Whistledown @ 14/1
5.20 A big field sprint for older horses and again stacks of early pace from A Sure Welcome , Just Glamorous , recon Mission and Modular Magic with both the 4 timer chasing Global Prospector and the hard to win with Get It pushing the pace along . None of these make much appeal with so much action up front and this too looks destined for a late player . After landing a handicap over C&D by a long old way , Nelson Gay was hit with a massive 13 pound penalty , but is now coming back down the handicap and this late player has run a couple of very solid races of late including a commendable 6th of 18 at Ascot , just beaten 2 lengths , when not well drawn and is 4 pounds lower today . I’d be all over him if it wasn’t for the first time hood, a negative for the stable , but still worth a decent play .
½ pt ew Nelson Gay @ 10/1
5.45 Not a deep handicap and the short priced fav is the lightly raced Praino who runs in famous colours for a top stable but is up 3 pounds for a soft ground win Leicester over 2 furlongs shorter, so enough doubts there . The consistent late playing Ravens Ark went close over C&D a few starts back and despite being 3 pounds higher , wont be far away today .
¼ pt win Ravens Ark @ 4/1
6.15 PREMIUM RACE
6.45 A wide open finale but the once hard to win with Bucephalus has turned over a new leaf and is well drawn for a prominent racer and has showed of late that this new mark is not beyond him with two close 3rds of late .
¼ pt ew Bucephalus @ 7/1