One of seven meetings on Thursday 27 July is a six-race Flat card at Sandown, which starts at 2.10 and finishes shortly after 4.55.
I’ve come up with a couple of tips for the occasion – including one against the red-hot favourite in the Listed feature at 3.15.
2.40 – Arabian Crown @ 10/11
I’m writing this blind in regards to opening prices, but I’m hoping the presence of Andrew Balding’s Juantorena ensures a respectable one for Arabian Crown.
Charlie Appleby’s beautifully-bred two-year-old son of Dubawi, who cost Godolphin €600,000, made his debut in a very warm contest at Sandown just under three weeks ago and it’s fair to say shaped with immense promise.
Towards rear throughout, he was given plenty of ground to make up and did so in eye-catching fashion. He’s going to improve bundles for that experience.
That should be more than enough to see him take this, as I would argue his form is already the standout without considering expected improvement.
There’s some fascinating newcomers, including Reliant for John & Thady Gosden who is a half-brother to the brilliant Mishriff, but they would have to run to a level way above average to win this first time out, which I suspect is unlikely.
3.15 – Fallen Angel @ 9/2
Just over half-an-hour later is the card’s feature race – the Star Stakes (Listed), which has attracted 10 juvenile fillies.
We’ve a warm favourite for this in the form of Soprano for George Boughey. She boasts fantastic form courtesy of a maiden success at Newmarket before placing in the G3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but I want to take her on.
That could prove a silly decision as she is clearly the standard setter at present, but she tries 7f for the first time and in the process takes on some exciting types like Fallen Angel for Karl Burke.
I was really, really impressed with her performance at Haydock on debut over 60 days ago. She travelled into contention and after one hit with the whip she scooted clear, staying on very strongly right through the line. I think she’s a very good filly.
The form has worked out quite well too. Lady Of Leisure, who finished second, has since gone close behind Shuwari who is currently second favourite for the Star Stakes, and third-placed Queen’s Reign has won subsequently.
Karl Burke, who excels with juveniles, is in good form with eight winners from his last 42 runners and can hopefully add another to the tally at Sandown on Thursday.