A competitive card at Sandown with the highlight a couple of listed contests.
4.05 Sandown - Addeybb
The 8-year-old ADDEYBB (Nap) would pick up and carry this lot at his best and this time last year he finished runner up to St Mark’s Basilica in the Coral Eclipse.
He has only raced twice subsequently, however, and was weak in the market when third on his reappearance in the Gp 3 Brigadier Gerard when readily brushed aside by Bay Bridge with subsequent Royal Ascot winner Dubai Future back in third.
On a line through Dubai Future, Addeybb has nothing to fear from Regal Reality who was behind Dubai Future at the Royal meeting in the Wolferton Stakes and the William Haggas-trained veteran is entitled to come on for his comeback.
It is likely that Addeybb is not the force of old, but he may not need to be. Any further rain would be a plus, but conditions were described as good on Thursday morning and that would be fine.
4.38 Sandown - Duke Of Verona
High Wells is only 3lbs higher in the weights than when scoring over C&D last time and that form has been franked in the interim period although the runner-up Moel Arthur was given too much to do at Kempton midweek. I am loath to desert the winner who would be carrying an additional pound from Saturday, but I do think there is more to come from DUKE OF VERONA over this 1m 6f trip.
The grey was keen and met trouble in running when finishing in midfield at Ascot over 12f on his comeback. He was never put in the race by Cieren Fallon on his first start at today’s 1m 6f at Salisbury last time. Andrea Atzeni was in the plate at Ascot and also when the recommendation broke his maiden tag on tapeta back in November.
Happy is likely to try and make all for Charlie & Mark Johnston and he will be a threat to all if getting a soft lead. I do hope Duke Of Verona is not given too much to do in a race that might prove tactical.
4.50 Newton Abbot - Nelson Rock
Joe Tizzard has made a magnificent start to his training career with a strike rate of over 50% in the last fortnight – both codes – and his NELSONS ROCK was an impressive winner on his chase debut over C&D last month and he can defy a 5lbs rise.
The selection was a dual point winner in his native Ireland and, while this is a much deeper race than last month’s three-runner affair, I would be disappointed if Nelsons Rock did not run a big race.
Port O’Clock would be 4lbs higher in the weights if this race were run 24 hours later and the form of his second at Worcester was given a boost when the winner – Dalkingstown – followed up over timber earlier in the week. That was his first start for David Pipe who fits his 7-y-old with blinkers for the first time. He receives 10lbs from the selection and looks the main danger.
5.33 Haydock - Dall Mallart
There are further showers forecast at Haydock for this evening’s fixture where the ground was good to soft – no worse – yesterday on day one of their three-day meeting.
In the opener DAL MALLART can return to winning ways having finished third – trio clear – at Nottingham last time from a 1lbs lower mark. The runner up – Wynter Wildes – ran an excellent race from a 2lbs higher mark at Chester last weekend and the winner – Picual – goes at Sandown on Saturday.
The filly had previously won at Bath on good to soft ground and she is bred to be better than her current mark. After just three turf runs, she is open to considerable improvement.
* Betting odds correct at time of writing. Subject to changes.