Newbury didn’t go to plan for us on Saturday, with only Romanised running well. He finished a frustrating 4th but a lot of firms paid out on 4 places so hopefully you got paid. It is Brigadier Gerard night at Sandown and there are a couple of Group 3s for punters to get stuck into. Dave Stevos has studied the form, check out his Sandown Thursday tips for all four pattern races below…
Sandown Tips: 6.35 National Stakes (Listed)
In what is a recurring theme at Sandown tonight, only six will go to post in this 5f Listed heat. Full Authority is a short priced favourite for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope. He won nicely on debut at Chester on soft ground, but he faces very different conditions here. On pedigree there is hope he will handle it. His half brother Pedestal won on quick ground, while his sire Kingman won on all sorts of ground too. However, he still has to go and do it and at 8/11 he is too risky for my liking.
The one I like at a half decent price is Jm Jackson for Ryan Moore and Mark Johnston. This daughter of No Nay Never gets a 5lb fillies allowance and that could be huge here. Ventura Rebel beat her by less than a length on debut and he beat Lady Pauline at Ascot next time out. The booking of Moore catches the eye (13 wins, 33 top 4 finishes from 76 rides for Johnston) and she is proven on quick ground. At odds of 7/1 Jm Jackson is the each way pick.
SANDOWN THURSDAY RACING TIPS: JM JACKSON E/W @ 7/1 NB
Sandown Racing Tips: 7.05 –Henry II Stakes (Group 3)
The first Group 3 on the night is the Henry II Stakes, a 2 mile contest. Only five will line up at the start and Dee Ex Bee is the one they have to beat. This colt bolted up on his return at Ascot, his first ever run at 16f. Last year’s Espom Derby runner up is the clear pick on form and at the figures and at odds of 5/6 he definitely looks the most likely winner.
Mark Johnston holds a strong hand here and the 8/1 about Making Miracles represents a bit of value. He was an easy winner in the Chester Cup on soft, but he handles quicker ground too. Making Miracles beat Austrian School on good to firm last season, while that rival avenged that defeat on his first run back this term at Musselburgh (14f gd). If you are looking for a viable alternative to the favourite, Making Miracles is worth a small interest each way at 8/1.
SANDOWN RACING TIP: MAKING MIRACLES E/W @ 8/1
Sandown Thursday Tips: 7.35 – Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3)
The feature race at Sandown on Thursday night is the 10f Brigadier Gerard Stakes. Only six go to post and Matterhorn is a warm favourite at 6/4. He has shown all his best form on artificial surfaces though and is 0/2 on turf. Given the form of the stable, Regal Reality is the one to be on here at 15/8. Michael Stoute is sending out winner after winner and he has his string in superb shape.
This son of Intello had a lovely prep run here a month ago, finishing 3rd over a mile to Beat The Bank. He is the highest rated in the field with a mark of 113 and Ryan Moore keeps the faith. He steps into the unknown trip wise here, but his pedigree suggests that 10f should be within his compass. Regal Reality should probably be favourite and at 15/8 he is our NAP of the day.
SANDOWN RACING TIPS: REGAL REALITY @ 15/8 NAP
Sandown Tip: 8.10– Heron Stakes (Listed)
The final pattern race of the night at Sandown is the Listed Heron Stakes. This 8f contest has attracted a field of eight 3yo colts and it looks a wide open contest. The one I like dropped back in trip is Walkinthesand. I half fancied this son of Footstepsinthesand for the Guineas but his trainer decided to step him up to 10f instead. He ran a cracker, finishing 2nd to UAE Jewel, but it looked to me like he would be better suited to a mile.
Walkinthesand gets that drop back in trip today and he has yet to finish outside the first two at Sandown (both at 7f). He was 2nd on easy ground here on debut and he followed that up with an easy 2L win next time. He should enjoy the return to this track and Richard Hannon has been amongst the winners. At odds of 5/1 Walkinthesand should go close. If he drifts to 6/1 or bigger, he is worth backing each way.