Horse Racing Tips: A 5/1 Friday play leads the way at Sandown

Goldsmith (14:20) has caught the eye of our Timeform experts on the seven-race card.

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13:10 – Midday Martini

MIDDAY MARTINI is one of three newcomers in this novice event and there is certainly plenty to recommend her on pedigree. She is by Kodi Bear and a half-sister to several winners, while the fact she cost 60,000 guineas as a yearling suggests she looks the part as well. David O’Meara has a strong team of juveniles this season and Midday Martini could be another winner for the yard in a race where those with previous experience set just a fair standard.

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13:45 – One Nation

ONE NATION shaped with plenty of encouragement when third on his debut at Yarmouth two weeks ago, keeping on well under a hands-and-heels ride to pass the post around two lengths behind the winner. That form sets the standard in this line-up and he is sure to progress with the experience under his belt. With that in mind, he rates a solid selection to get off the mark at the second attempt for Charlie Appleby, who won this race 12 months ago with none other than Native Trail.

14:20 – Goldsmith

GOLDSMITH wasn’t seen to best effect when filling the runner-up spot at Lingfield last time, doing well to be beaten just half a length after being caught further back than ideal in a steadily-run race. That was another step in the right direction and it’s surely only a matter of time before he opens his account for David Menuisier. Today could well be the day from just 2 lb higher in the weights than last time, with further progress likely granted a more truly-run affair at this shorter trip.

14:50 – Cet Horizon

CET HORIZON looked out of her depth when making her reappearance in a listed contest at Newmarket last month, but she is clearly better than that, as she showed when getting off the mark on her final two-year-old start at Nottingham. She drops back to a mile here on handicap debut and it will be interesting to see what she can do from an opening BHA mark of 81. She certainly has the look of a well-treated filly and it’s highly unlikely that we’ve seen the best of her just yet.

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15:20 – Enfranchise

ENFRANCHISE proved at least as good as ever when third at Redcar last week, passing the post just a length and a half behind the winner and looking unlucky not to finish closer still after meeting a bit of trouble. She clearly arrives here in top form and that is potentially significant in a contest where most of her rivals need to bounce back from a below-par run. Granted a bit more luck than she enjoyed last time, Enfranchise should be up to winning a race like this from a BHA mark of 86.

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15:55 – Tartan Chief

TARTAN CHIEF ended last season with back-to-back wins, making a successful nursery debut at Salisbury in August before defying a 3 lb higher mark to follow up at Windsor three weeks later. He was well on top at the finish on the last occasion, showing a good attitude to land the spoils by over a length. That form has worked out well in his absence since and this well-bred sort remains very much one to follow from a BHA mark of 80, with the longer trip here likely to unlock more improvement.

16:25 – Mostly Cloudy

MOSTLY CLOUDY took another step forward to get off the mark in a handicap at Redcar last month, staying on strongly to win by nearly two lengths in emphatic fashion. He has improved in leaps and bounds in just three starts this season and there should be even more to come from him given his unexposed profile. This will be his toughest test yet following a 5 lb rise in the weights, but he is fancied to prove equal to the task.

Friday Sandown tips

13:10 – MIDDAY MARTINI
13:45 – ONE NATION
14:20 – GOLDSMITH
14:50 – CET HORIZON
15:20 – ENFRANCHISE
15:55 – TARTAN CHIEF
16:25 – MOSTLY CLOUDY

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