Horse Racing Tips: Through the Wednesday Sandown card with Timeform

Some fine flutters on the Flat here.

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13:50 Melody King

Melody King has been running well in Scotland of late for John Quinn and can make the journey south to Sandown pay in this five-furlong handicap. Fitted with a hood for his recent starts, he ended a long losing run at Hamilton last month and ran well again there last time when beaten just a short head and neck into third behind the in-form Glorious Rio after being short of room over a furlong out and having to switch.

The winner has been successful again since, while the track should suit Melody King as Sandown’s stiff five furlongs is not too dissimilar to Hamilton’s. Melody King runs off the same mark as last time, with Oisin Murphy in the saddle.

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14:25 Goldspur

Charlie Appleby introduced Godolphin’s top two-year-old Native Trail at Sandown earlier in the season and stable-companion Goldspur, making his debut like most of these, can make a winning start in this novice contest for two-year-olds over a mile. As you’d expect, he has a taking pedigree and should be well suited by this test as he’s by Dubawi out of the very smart mare Pomology who won her first four starts, notably the Lancashire Oaks, and finished second in the Prix Vermeille on her only other outing.

14:55 Atheby

The second two-year-old novice on the card, this one over seven furlongs, can go to Jane Chapple-Hyam’s colt Atheby. He should certainly find this a bit easier than the Solario Stakes which he contested over course and distance last time, though it’s possible that he was flattered at odds of 100/1 in showing fairly useful form when finishing fifth of the six runners behind Reach For The Moon. Even so, Atheby was entitled to improve for his debut when third in a maiden at Chelmsford just nine days earlier and he’s shown a lot more than the others in this race who have already run.

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15:30 Mostahdaf

The listed Fortune Stakes over a mile is the best race on the card and has drawn a field worthy of a Group contest as several of these have been running in much better grade. They include Mostahdaf who was last seen running in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

He faded to finish in rear at Royal Ascot after meeting some trouble in the straight but had been most progressive beforehand, looking potentially high class when completing a hat-trick in the listed Heron Stakes over this same course and distance on heavy ground. A Champion Stakes entry suggests John & Thady Gosden retain high hopes for Mostahdaf, and he can resume his progress after that break against more exposed rivals.

16:05 Flying West

Four-year-old Flying West still hasn’t had much racing for James Fanshawe and she’s expected to bounce back from a rare poor showing at Lingfield last time. That was over a mile and a quarter, whereas all three of her wins have come at around today’s trip of a mile. She progressed well in the second half of her three-year-old campaign, winning handicaps at Wolverhampton and Yarmouth in the autumn. Raced mainly on all-weather tracks to date, both her runs on turf last term were on heavy ground so any further rain shouldn’t harm her chances.

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16:40 Wallem

Wallem looks the answer to this mile and a quarter handicap for his in-form trainer Andrew Balding. He won a maiden at Wolverhampton early in the year before making the frame in handicaps in the spring won by three-year-olds who have since gone on to win in pattern company, namely Dancing King and Mohaafeth. Those are strong bits of form, and Wallem returns from a five-month break with an unexposed profile, having also been gelded in the meantime.

17:10 Harston

Cases can be made for several in this fillies’ handicap over a mile and a quarter but the vote goes to Harry Eustace’s runner Harston. She showed improved form to get off the mark on her handicap debut on the turf at Lingfield in July after an eye-catching run the time before. Still learning last time, she gave the impression that she had more to give if required when beating Weardiditallgorong by three quarters of a length and she should go on improving, looking capable of following up from just a 3 lb higher mark.

Wednesday Sandown tips

13:50 Melody King
14:25 Goldspur
14:55 Atheby
15:30 Mostahdaf
16:05 Flying West
16:40 Wallem
17:10 Harston

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