1:50 Sprint Stakes
Alpha Delphini looks like he could be the one to watch in the Sprint, having run two very solid races recently. He will probably be an each-way price as he’s drawn out wide in 11, but he’s from a family the trainer knows well and is still on the up at the age of six. There is pace drawn in stall seven, so hopefully he can get a tow in not too wide.
2:05 Coral Challenge
I think Humble Hero can take this on his way up the ratings ladder. He made no mistake at Doncaster last month, he stayed on strongly, which suggests this extra distance could just be perfect for him. William Haggas has a great record at Sandown as well, operating at a 32% strike race. He could well be a group horse in a handicap.
2.25 Coral Challenge Stakes
My next pick is Naval Warfare, who was hit by a sharp rise from the assessor after his win at Leicester in May. He’s up 11lbs, but is another who is related to some group performers, and he can overcome a wide stall in 17. I say this because he likes to go forward, and surprisingly for a race of this nature, it’s not actually loaded with pace. I believe he will go handy and can notch up another win on the board.
We leave Sandown for this TV race, but the The Black Princess is off a better effort than it looks at first glance. She went to the front as she had done in France but was not allowed an easy time of it. The ground was also very testing there and it blunted her natural pace. On quicker ground and with a step up in trip, I think she could go close.
3:00 Coral Distaff
Pacos Angel ran a stormer at Royal Ascot when coming third of 24 to a well ridden USA challenger who came with a wet sail late on. She sits in this race with the top rating, and her trainer is hot right now. Her tactics will be held up though, as she can race a touch freely and a Listed victory is very much hers for the taking.
Back up North again, and Shraaoh has been strongly punted for this big pot all week, it’s easy to see why. He was well backed at Epsom last time but looked in need of his return, eventually finishing in fourth place. To be fair, he’s only had seven races so far, and we have definitely not seen the best of him yet. This time, the trip and ground are perfect, and we have definitely not seen the best of him yet, trip & ground are perfect and Andrea Atzeni is a boost as well. Watch this space!
3:35 Coral Eclipse
In the big one of the day, Barney Roy can prove his Royal Ascot win was no fluke, by taking this step up in trip in his stride. He has a change of pace and is another top-notcher from this outfit. He’s unlucky he went out on his nose in the 2000 Guineas, but this long slow climb to the line is tailor made for him. He’s not got the credit he deserves in the past, and I hope he will now.