Horse racing betting tips for the best bets from racing shown live on Channel 4 from Sandown on Saturday.
After the furore of the captivating 5-day Royal Ascot meeting dies down, we have another fantastic racing event with Sandown hosting the Coral Eclipse Stakes. This race represents one of the leading middle distance races in Europe and promises to be a great renewal.
The Coral Distaff is a Listed race for fillies over 1m and has attracted six runners, four of whom will be returning to action after Royal Ascot. Queen Catrine, Crowley’s Law and Wee Jean all contested the Sandringham Handicap with the first named finishing second to the determined Muteela. I expect these placings to remain unchanged and with the assistance of Ryan Moore, Queen Catrine should certainly have a great chance here.
Radiator also ran at Ascot, in the Group 1 Coronation stakes but failed to land a blow, unable to quicken off a steady pace. The small field is unlikely to suit again her as she seems to take some time to wind up. The outsider of the six is Belle D’Or who, certainly looks progressive, but should lack the experience and class to trouble the principles here.
Horses who run at Royal Ascot tend to perform below their best on their subsequent runs as the meeting is renowned for taking it out of a horse, and on that basis i’m happy to take the principles on with VEILED INTRIGUE (14/1 Coral). This daughter of Pastoral Pursuits represents Henry Candy, a trainer who is currently in good form and has a strong record at Sandown. She returned to action this season un-fancied and sent off a 33/1 shot in a Group 3 at Lingfield. Despite being stoked up early on and looking short of initial speed, she stayed on well to claim second place, only a length and half down. She could well improve for the step up to 1m and should relish properly good ground. On that basis her price offers plenty of value and she looks an interesting e/w prospect here.
The highlight of the day’s racing is the Coral Eclipse Stakes, a race with a fantastic tradition of being contested by some of the best middle distance horses in training. This year’s renewal looks to follow in that tradition with the likes of Trading Leather, Verrazano, War Command and Mukhadram all commanding respect.
However, the likeliest winners should come from the top three in the market. Both Kingston Hill and Night Of Thunder represent the 3 year-old generation and their weight for age allowance is undoubtedly a useful advantage. The former was a runner-up in the Derby and should be suited ideally by a well run 10f. He clearly has a preference for ground with a bit of give in it and will be hoping that the forecast rain has been underestimated and plenty arrives. Night Of Thunder claimed an impressive victory in the 2,000 Guineas before falling prey to the re-opposing Kingman in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. All ground comes alike to this horse and he looks the likeliest to give the selection the most to think about.
That selection is THE FUGUE (9/4 Betfred) who was a very impressive winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot where she beat high class opposition in the form of Treve and Magician in a course record time. Clearly seen to best effect on truly fast ground when able to come off a strong pace, conditions here are likely to suit. The ground could well end up closer to firm before the scheduled rainfall and, with the quantity forecasted, the ground could well remain good to firm before the off. On that basis, John Gosden’s runner looks the class act in the field and should assert her dominance.
3.15 Sandown – VEILED INTRIGUE (E/W) (14/1 Coral)
3.50 Sandown – THE FUGUE (WIN)(NAP) (9/4 Betfred)
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