Sandown stages a six-race card on Wednesday 26 July, with the action starting at 6.00 and concluding shortly after 8.40.
I’ve come up with a couple of tips for the occasion – including an unexposed three-year-old who looks overpriced at time of writing.
6.35 – Tallulabelle @ 4/6
My strongest fancy at Sandown on Wednesday evening is without a doubt David O’Meara’s Tallulabelle in this maiden fillies’ stakes over the minimum trip.
The two-year-old ran to a good level in a couple of events at Thirsk and Beverley earlier this season before ambitiously taking in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot where she came up well short. That can be forgiven, though, as this represents a significant drop in class.
Of those with form in the book, there’s frankly little to be worried about. Perhaps the main danger is Owen Burrows’ newcomer Miaharris, but ultimately I expect Tallulabelle to bounce back in style for a trainer operating at a 20% strike rate.
8.10 – Band Of Steel e/w @ 11/1
Gallant Lion, who has William Buick on board for the first time, is sure to prove popular for this 0-80 handicap over 1m2f and it’s not hard to see why, but my eyes are drawn elsewhere.
Sean Woods’ Band Of Steel also has an eye-catching booking, with Jim Crowley taking the reigns, and I suspect he’s being overlooked in this market.
The three-year-old son of Golden Horn was a decent juvenile who, after three starts, earned a rating of 85 before being thrown into Group 3 company for the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket in October to end his season.
Up in trip to 1m2f for the first time and in good company, he ultimately finished well-beaten having pulled hard throughout. I’m willing to put a line through that given the circumstances.
He returned this season as favourite for a Southwell handicap off a mark of 84 and, while beaten nearly 8L in the end, showed promise in defeat. He should come on for that immensely and the handicapper has very generously dropped him 2lbs, which I think should see him go close here.