The Lord Mayor’s Show starts on Tuesday, but the action today is pretty competitive and features racing from Sandown, York and Chester.

We are slightly late in beginning our musings this morning so apologies for the unusual brevity – no such problem next week.

First race at Sandown is the Coral Handicap at 1.40 and we put up two each way bets in good recent winner Aldhaja and Hamaki, which returns to action ‘sans noisettes’. 9-2 and 7-1 are the odds of reward.

Next up is another Coral Handicap at 2.15, in which it’s difficult to get away from the chances of Encouraged, which looks to have every chance of landing the hat-trick. Have a win bet at 15-8.

The Coral scurry Stakes at 2.50 is a race we don’t like the look of, so we swerve.

Over at York, proceedings begin with the Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap at 2.00, in which our selection is Arctic Fox.

Martin Todhunter‘s 6-y-o won this race as a 3-y-o when trained by Richard Fahey and finished second in it last year. A promising tune up at Chester a month ago hopefully means a repeat victory is on the cards and 16-y-o Fern O’Brien can land this prestigious prize. Take the 11-2 offered.

On to the JCB Handicap at 2.35, which we hope will be fought out by Lion Tower and Challet at 7-2 and 4-1 respectively. Let’s hope the earth moves for one of them.

The Sky…Cup Stakes at 3.05 has Mandoob as marginal favourite over the Godolphin runner and we think this is right and recommend a bet at 2-1. We can’t resist also having a small each way on dear old Euchen Glen which looked like coming back to his best last time out. 9-1 is generous.

Final race at York is the Pavers Foundation Sprint Handicap at 3.40 and we start with a couple of points on Ingra Tor at 4-1. Mick Channon thinks this is a Group horse running in a handicap and he could be right.

Obviously dangers abound, so we also suggest each way bets on Atomic Lady at 10-1 and Showtime Mahomes at 15-2.

Just the one race at Chester, the Betway Handicap at 3.20, which has a field of 12. We suggest a win bet on Thunder Legend at 4-1 and an each way tickle on Aleezdancer at 12-1.

Back on Tuesday for Her Maj’s meeting.


Aldhaja 1.40 Sandown 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2

Hamaki 1.40 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 7-1

Encouraged 2.15 Sandown 2pts win @ 15-8

Arctic Fox 2.00 York 2pts e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)

Lion Tower 2.35 York 2pts win @ 7-2

Challet 2.35 York 2pts win @ 4-1

Mandoob 3.05 York 3pts win @ 2-1

Euchen Glen 3.05 York 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (2 places)

Ingra Tos 3.40 York 2pts win @ 4-1

Atomic Lady 3.40 York 1pt e/w @ 1-1 (6 places)

Showtime Mahomes 3.40 York 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (6 places)

Thunder Legend 3.20 Chester 2pts win @ 4-1

Aleez Dancer 3.20 Chester 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (4 places)

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