That’s how long it is since a Godolphin owned runner won the Group 3 Solario Stakes, one of two Group races on the excellent Sandown card today.
7 colts go to post for this 7f event at 2.25 and the Boys in Blue have the favourite in Masar at a general 2-1.A winner of a Goodwood maiden on debut, Masar was next seen in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he finished an honourable third behind September. Since then, according to his esteemed trainer, he has been given a break in preparation for today and, from a good draw and James Doyle doing the steering, the hint should be taken. A win bet is recommended.
Of the opposition, the Irish trained Romanised has been competing in better class races since winning his maiden on debut and tries 7f for the first time this afternoon. With a lofty rating of 107, for safety’s sake we also recommend a small win bet on Kevin Condon’s charge at 13-2.
The other Group race takes place at 3.00 in the shape of the BetBright Casino Atalanta Stakes, with 11 fillies and mares standing their ground as we write.
No question what the bet is here and we recommend, with confidence, a fair bet on Nathra at 7-2. We put this 4-y-o up as an e/w bet when she last ran in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, when she finished third, but probably should have won. John Gosden, always the diplomat, said that she ‘didn’t get the best of trips’ which is Gosden-speak for ‘that was a crap ride’ and with the Mad Italian back aboard today, she must go close.
‘But what about the handicaps?’ I hear you cry.
There are three of these, starting at 3.35 with the BetBright Recall Handicap over ten furlongs and in this we like the chances of Richard Hannon’s progressive 3-y-o Eugenio. 4th in the Group 3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes on his latest run, he is just 2lbs higher than when winning a Class 2 handicap over this course and distance in July and, with Signor Atzeni on top, rates a cracking e/w bet at 7-1.
The BetBright Casino Handicap at 4.45, over a mile of the Esher track contains a potential snip in the shape of the 5-2 favourite Najashee, trained by Owen Burrows. This grey 3-y-o was beaten in a photo on his second start by a horse that won a handicap yesterday off a mark of 91, yet Najashee can make his handicap debut off just 78. Since that run he has won a Haydock maiden in good style from a Godolphin owned colt currently rated 86, so what’s not to like?
Well, the unknown factor is the 70 day break since that maiden win, which could hint at a setback. However, it could also mean that his handler has given the horse time to grow into his frame and, with the trainer in blinding form, we suggest a meaningful lash.
The card closes with the BetBright (wouldn’t you know it) Handicap, again over 10 furlongs, at 5.20 and for this we recommend an e/w bet on Luca Cumani’s 3-y-o Bedouin at 6-1.This improver ran away with a Brighton handicap three weeks ago and, off just 6lbs higher and the drying ground very much in its favour, we will trust ‘Frank’ to do the biz.
Masar 2.25 Sandown win @ 2-1
Romanised 2.25 Sandown win @ 13-2
Nathra 3.00 Sandown win @ 7-2
Eugenio 3.35 Sandown e/w @ 7-1
Najashee 4.45 Sandown win @ 5-2
Bedouin 5.20 Sandown e/w @ 6-1