A small but select field goes to post for the £600,000 Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday afternoon. With the historic contest looking like a race to savour rather than a serious betting medium, we will turn our attention to two other events on the card for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions.
The Group 3 Coral Charge at 1.50pm is all about speed and we will supply a Horse Racing tip for this 5f test, along with the 1m Coral Challenge (Handicap) thirty five minutes later at 2.35pm. The big betting race on a quality card at Haydock is the 1m 4f bet365 Old Newton Cup at 3.15pm, which will be the subject of our third and final tip of the day.
Our Tip for the 1.50pm at Sandown:
Runner-up to Oxted in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Robert Cowell-trained Arecibo may have been flattered to finish ahead of the likes of Battaash and Winter Power who went off to fast upfront, leaving the Jamie Spencer-ridden six-year-old to pick up the pieces at the end of the race.
Lazuli and Came From The Dark are closely matched based on their form in Newmarket’s Palace House Stakes on Qipco 2000 Guineas day and are respected. But the most interesting runner is the three-year-old Atalis Bay, a comfortable winner over course and distance last month.
The mount of Andrea Atzeni had previously finished a fine second to Winter Power in a Listed race at York, with the third horse a long-looking five lengths further back. The son of Cable Bay, a winner of three races as a juvenile, looks a sprinter to follow and is fancied to get the better of his more exposed rivals for trainer Marco Botti.
Our Tip for the 2.25pm at Sandown:
The feeling is that the weather is going to play a significant role in the outcome of this valuable one mile handicap. Currently good to soft, the ground is expected to dry out on Thursday and Friday before showers, some heavy, are forecast for Saturday.
Just when those showers arrive is total guesswork, but in the hope that they hit Sandown after 2.25pm on Saturday the Mark Johnston-trained Maydanny would be a strong fancy to make most of the running at a track which suits the gelding’s prominent style of racing.
Well supported for the Royal Hunt Cup on his most recent start, the mount of Dane O’Neill didn’t get the best of breaks and used up too much energy to get a prominent position before taking the lead at the two furlong pole.
Once headed, his rider let his mount coast home and is a lot better than his finishing position of 26th would suggest. Providing the rain stays away and the five-year-old can get a good position up front from his berth in stall 14, the son of Dubawi should take plenty of pegging back.
Should conditions fail to favour Maydanny, the Richard Fahey-trained Pythagoras would be an able substitute. The three-year-old has a touch of class (sixth behind Hurricane Lane in Dante), is better than his current mark of 99 and ran better than his finishing position in Royal Ascot’s Golden Gates Stakes would indicate.
Our Tip for the 3.15pm at Haydock:
An open renewal of this famous mile and a half handicap featuring a maximum field of 17 runners. On just his fourth start and first on turf, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Longsider is the type his handler does so well with, and it would be no surprise if the Ruler Of The World gelding proves better than a 92-rated handicapper.
Trainer Mark Johnston has a good record in this race however and is represented on this occasion by both Zabeel Champion and The Trader. The former looks to be the stable’s number one hope but at a big price the latter makes plenty of each-way appeal, with bookmakers offering five, or even six places.
Franny Norton’s mount finished third in the race 12 months ago off the same mark of 95 under soft conditions and should be better suited by the expected good ground forecast at the Merseyside track. The Mastercraftsman grey, if able to bag the rail position from stall one, could make a bold bid from the front.
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