Full race preview and free horse racing betting tips for the 2.10pm Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.
Sandown hosts a good quality two-day meeting split between the flat on Friday and the jumps on Saturday. In terms of the best of the flat action, we have the Gordon Richards Stakes which is a Group 3 for 4yo's and older over 1m 2f. This race has been won by some of the greats such as Brigadier Gerard and Singspiel and was used by Al Kazeem last year as a springboard before going on to take a number of Group 1's throughout the season.
Telescope (11/8 William Hill) heads the markets and was one of the big hype horses over the last year or two, at one point the ante-post favourite for the Derby. He won the Great Voltigeur in fine style last season and will surely be popular in the betting being trained by Sir Michael Stoute who has trained an astonishing seven winners in this race, including three winners since 2008. Despite his useful form and noteworthy connections, his price is short enough for a horse who hasn't had a run for nearly 250 days. He looks to be horse worth following over 1m4f later in the season.
Sky Hunter (7/4 bet365) is another interesting horse who has moved stables for a tilt at English racing’s premier contests after spending last year in France with his best from coming when finishing third in the French Derby. The form is intriguing and this horse could really be anything but again, like Telescope, it's his first run after a long period off the track and is a bit of an unknown quantity so is probably best watched.
Of the others, Robin Hoods Bay (16/1 Coral) will be fit after a great all-weather season but this is a step or two too far up in class and the same goes for Empire Storm (40/1 SkyBet). Noble Mission (11/2 William Hill) has been unlucky as of late and should have won what was a below par John Porter Stakes. He also has clear form with Telescope, finishing a head behind but benefits this time from a 7lb pull at the weights with that horse. Despite that, Telescope looks the more progressive and Noble Mission struggles to get his heading front too often.
For me though CONTRIBUTER (12/1 bet365) could be the big surprise in the race. He had a lovely tune-up for the race with a bloodless victory at Kempton and should be fully fit and primed for this contest. The horse has been touted as one of the best to come out of the Ed Dunlop’s stable since the likes of Red Cadeaux and Snow Fairy. His form as a 3yo is reasonable with a four length defeat behind Magician who won the Breeders Cup Turf. At the prices, I think Contributor should be able to use his fitness edge to good effect.
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