Sports fans are spoilt for choice this Saturday with a plethora of high quality action, including World Cup Quarter-Final matches and the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon, but horseracing is putting on a quality act of it’s own.
Sandown takes centre stage with the highlight being the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, due off at 3.10, in which Henry Cecil’s Twice Over is a solid 2/1 favourite with most layers.
The card gets under way with the Coral Charge Stakes, a Group 3 event run over 5 furlongs.
Although only six go to post ( Wi Dud being a doubtful runner ) the sprint is wide open, but if Bould Mover reproduces his excellent fifth behind Equiano in Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand Stakes Coral’s 3/1 looks value.
Two Listed races follow the days’ highlight, in the shape of the Coral Distaff and Coral Marathon Stakes.
The Distaff, run over a mile for fillies, gives Lady Darshaan a chance after taking in both the English and Irish Guineas, but the promising Decorative can win this before going on to better things.
The Coral Marathon looks to concern the Luca Cumani trained Manighar and Opinion Poll, who missed the Ascot Gold Cup because of the fast ground.
2.35 Sees a wide open handicap in the Coral Challange Stakes, in which bookmakers make Acrostic, the mount of Kieren Fallon, the 7/1 market leader.
Not to be outdone, Haydock feature a card to rival that of the Esher track, with the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks looking a cracking betting heat.
Barshiba is the 9/2 favourite with William Hill, in an event where very few can be confidently discounted. Les Fazzani, ridden by man of the moment Paul Hanagan, will attempt to confirm recent course form with Polly’s Mark.
The main betting race of the day is Haydock’s historic Old Newton Cup, run at 3.25, and off bottom weight of 8s 2lb Hanoverian Baron is sure to be a warm order in the £90,000 contest.
An impressive winner at York in May, David Probert’s mount was available at 8/1 earlier in the week, but the best price now available about Tony Newcombe’s charge is 5/1.