Continental version of an ABBA smash leads us in to Coral Eclipse day at Sandown, with the cameras also covering three races at Haydock.

Main event is at 3.35 and has a classy field of six, five of which are Group 1 winners and the market is headed by the French raider Vadeni.

M Rouget‘s 3-y-o was supplemented for this race after scorching home in the Prix Du Jockey Club by an eased down 5 lengths and, if coping with today’s quicker gound, will take all the beating. Have a win bet at 2-1.

Card starts with the Group 3 Coral Charge at 1.50 which sees the fast improving youngster Mitbaahy installed as 11-4 jolly, after a smooth as silk win over CD three weeks ago. Could be good enough and well worth a bet.

Also have an each way tickle on old-boy Equilateral, which made an excellent return to action at Royal Ascot after a hefty break and is available at 5-1.

The Coral Challenge at 2.25 is next up and we agree with Roger Charlton that his runner Sinjaari deserves to win a race like this one.

5th in the Royal Hunt Cup when last seen and eased a pound in the ratings, this consistent 6-y-o will surely go close and should be backed at 11-4.

We also give a squeak to CD winner Trais Fluors, reunited with SDS and very well weighted these days. Have an each way at 9-1.

The Coral Distaff at 3.00 could be at the mercy of the odds-on Heredia, but such is the improvement that can be wrought from 3-y-o fillies, we recommend a modest each way investment on William (All conquering) Haggas‘ runner Queen Aminatu at a healthy 10-1.

Oop at Haddock, first televised race is the bet365 Handicap at 2.05 and we like the look of Valsad in this.

The Charlton‘s runner finished a close 4th at Goodwood last time out on completely unsuitable ground and has an 8lb pull for finishing in front of today’s fav three runs ago. So there. Back it each way at 10-1.

The bet365 Lancashire Oaks at 2.40 has a field of seven which includes the Group 1 winning Eshaada from Roger Varian‘s stable. Described as ‘rusty’ when finishing 5th at Newbury on her return to action, we should see a different lady this afternoon and recommend a bet at 5-2.

Last race on telly is the bet365 Old Newton Cup at 3.15 which features the proverbial ‘Group horse in a handicap’ called Gaassee.

Just for once it could be right and a mark of 101 nowhere near this 4-y-os ceiling, so we suggest a decent win bet at 15-8.

We also recommend investing in It’s Good To Laugh at 14-1. Jennie Candlish doesn’t have many Flat runners but she got two wins out of this 5-y-o last season and it looks ready to run a big one today.

No rain at Edgbaston, please.


Vadeni 3.35 Sandown 3pts win @ 2-1

Mitbaahy 1.50 Sandown 2pts win @ 11-4

Equilateral 1.50 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 5-1

Sinjaari 2.25 Sandown 2pts win @ 11-4

Trais Fluors 2.25 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (4 places)

Queen Animatu 3.00 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 10-1

Valsad 2.05 Haydock 1.5pts e/w @ 10-1 (5 places)

Eshaada 2.40 Haydock 2pts win @ 5-2

Gaassee 3.15 Haydock 4pts win @ 15-8

It’s Good To Laugh 3.15 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (6 places)


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