It’s Coral-Eclipse weekend, and what a treat we have in-store.
There is a scintillating sextet due to go post for this Group 1 at Sandown on Saturday (3.35). Runaway French Derby winner VADENI is the one I think they all have to beat, with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle. He absolutely laughed at the opposition at Chantilly last time out, and although the form in the purest sense doesn’t set the pulse racing, the manner in which he swatted aside his rivals was fairly spectacular. Any rain that arrives won’t be a problem and I think he could be tough to beat.
Bay Bridge has questions to answer on the back of his Royal Ascot defeat, whilst the John and Thady Gosden pair of Mishriff and Lord North arrive under a bit of a cloud. Alenquer is a remarkably consistent and versatile performer who arrives here in good form and shouldn’t be underestimated with the William Haggas team in fine fettle. Native Trail is another representing the classic generation with major claims, and has shaped as though this step up to 10f will bring about more improvement. This really is a cracker.
In the opener on the card (1.50) I think METHOD is the each-way angle, with the drop back to a stiff 5f looking an interesting move. He wasn’t beaten far in a Listed race over 6f at Salisbury time after showing up well for a long way, and can benefit from this drop back to the minimum distance. In fact, last time he ran over this trip he chased home Winter Power at Newmarket, so he has unfinished business at this distance.Over at Haydock, we have the prospect of soft ground and some very competitive action.
Ed fancied Method to go well at a double figure price
At 10/1 a £10 bet would return £110
July 02, 2022
1:50 pm BST
In the Lancashire Oaks (2.40) this looks a good opportunity for Group 1 winner ESHAADA to show her class. She shaped as though she needed the run at Newbury, so should have come on a bundle for that, and slow ground should help her cause. The four-year-old looks the value for the Jim Crowley/Roger Varian combination.
Eshaada is fancied to come good in the Lancashire Oaks
At 3/1 a £10 bet would return £40
July 02, 2022
2:40 pm BST
In the Old Newton Cup (3.15) BRENTFORD HOPE is the each-way angle with the likelihood of soft ground working very much in his favour. He has shaped in recent times as though this trip is well within range, and Deon Le Roux, fresh from riding his first winner under rules, is in the saddle claiming 7lb. I wouldn’t be shocked if the combination clicked, and the Richard Hughes inmate has to be taken seriously.
Ed fancies an each way poke here, and has one at double figure odds
At 12/1 a £10 bet would return £130
July 02, 2022
3:15 pm BST
Method, 0.5pts e/w 1.50 Sandown
Vadeni, 1pt win 3.35 Sandown
Eshaada, 1pt win 2.40 Haydock
Brentford Hope, 0.5pts e/w 3.15 Haydock