Published: 01:00 01/09/2012
Saturday features four flat meetings in Britain, but the best quality on offer is confined to two Group 3 contests at Sandown Park, in the shape of the Candy Kittens Solario Stakes for two-year-olds and the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes for Fillies and Mares.
Seven juveniles are expected to go to post for the 7f Solario Stakes at 2.50, with Master of War, the mount of champion jockey elect Richard Hughes, the 2/1 favourite with most bookmakers.
The Richard Hannon trained Compton Place colt was only beaten half a length by Heavy Metal in Goodwood's Audi Richmond Stakes, form that was strengthened when that horse was only just touched off in York's Gimcrack Stakes, trying to concede 3lb to the winner Blaine.
Second favourite at 11/4 is the Godolphin horse Tha'ir. Although only fourth in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, the mount of Silvestre de Sousa was beaten less than a length in a blanket finish that went the way of Master of War's stablemate Olympic Glory.
Newmarket maiden winner Fantastic Moon is a general 9/2 chance but Jeremy Noseda's Dalakhani colt will need to improve significantly upped in grade if he is to prove competitive.
The Marco Botti trained, Andrea Atzeni ridden Hasopop is capable of running a big race on his defeat of hot favourite Bircham at Newmarket, but the value in the race could lie with the Peter Chapple-Hyam colt Mocenigo at the 8/1 available with Bet365.
The son of Refuse To Bend was only just touched off by the promising No Jet Lag on his debut at Lingfield, before going on to record a bloodless victory in a three horse affair at Southwell, and Robert Havlin's mount can prove a great deal better than his form to date suggests.
The other Group 3 contest on Sandown's card looks a wide open contest but Princess of Orange, trained by a man, Rae Guest, who has done particularly well with fillies over the years, could run better than the 20/1 available with Bet365, Stan James and Ladbrokes suggests.