Updated: Jul 5, 2020
Sunday Betting Tips: Sandown
A decent day today with two nice winners at 11/8 and 9/1 along with a 16/1 finishing a close-up second for each-way returns at Epsom. We were unfortunate to not secure another huge profitable Saturday, but overall, it was a good day and tomorrow‘s card at Sandown looks stunning, especially from a punting perspective. You can find all of Sunday’s selections at Sandown below.
We have another great day of racing in store for us with the feature race being the Coral-Eclipse. We will be privileged to witness a high-class renewal of the race with the likes of Enable, Ghaiyyath and Japan crossing swords. Hopefully we have a few more winners to come as I’m quietly confident we can deliver the goods again. I wish you all the best of luck and have a great rest of your weekend.
Please note we now have two non-runners in Creative Force and Aloe Vera. Therefore, I have two replacement bets. Here they are..
PEACE CHARTER (15.40 Cork, 1pt win @3/1)
SEARCH FOR A SONG (17.15 Cork, 1pt win @3/1)
CREATIVE FORCE (13.15 Sandown, 1pt win @3/1) NON RUNNER
We welcome Sandown’s Sunday card with a highly-competitive “fast and furious” sprint race to start proceedings. The majority of this field was last seen at Royal Ascot a few weeks ago, and I am inclined to think one of those is worth an interest here.
It would be fair to say CREATIVE FORCE emptied out quite quickly having demonstrated plenty of speed to remain in a prominent role throughout the Group 2 Coventry Stakes until the furlong pole. Prior to that assignment, the son of Dubawi created a deep impression on debut at Newmarket when making all the running to defeat Imperial Force, Saeiqa and Dark Lion. Having said that, it is clear to see he didn’t run up to form at Royal Ascot with the three that I’ve mentioned all finishing in the top four at the meeting.
The drop in distance to five furlongs will be no hindrance and, if anything, it may even suit him better given his exuberant style of racing as he’s clearly blessed with pure natural pace and speed according to his speed figures. The ground will be much more favourable for him here, so he can use his quick-action, attacking style of running to blast out from the stalls and lead the field a merry dance, which will give him pressing claims of a return to winning ways.
LIBERTY BEACH (13.50 Sandown, 2pt win @11/4)
Another quick-fire sprint race on the card and I’m going to give LIBERTY BEACH a chance to back up her fine third place in defeat behind the superb Battaash in the King Stands Stakes at Royal Ascot. She is a fast-improving filly having won five of her eight career races along with placing on three other occasions, two of which have come in Group 1 and Group 2 company at Royal Ascot.
Her capabilities to handle all types of ground is a big asset in her inventory and I am finding it very difficult to find any negatives in her at all because she travels beautifully, she’s clearly ground versatile and arguably has the strongest form in the field. I honestly believe she is overpriced in the betting, especially taking into account her age and filly allowance.
Therefore, I make Liberty Beach a standout and confident vote as I’m fairly positive she will win having looked at the race from a form perspective. So with all things considered, I think she is a stunning bet, meaning I am going to go in heavy and select Liberty Beach as my NAP of the day.
CROSS COUNTER (14.25 Sandown, 1.5pt win @15/8)
A small but select-field of five go to post for the Henry II Stakes and I think this presents a good opportunity for former Melbourne Cup winner CROSS COUNTER to get back in the winners enclosure. He’s won six of his fourteen races and has fared no worse than fifth in all career outings for connections. Since winning Australia’s most prestigious event before taking out a high-class Group 2 field at Meydan afterwards, he has been highly tried in Group 1 company, finishing respectable fourth and third places behind champion stayer Stradivarius in the Gold Cup and of course the Goodwood Cup.
Evidently, Cross Counter could only manage fourth in the Irish St Leger when a short-priced 6/4 favourite, but his two performances this season have been decent, especially taking into account the heavy ground over the extended trip of 2m3f in the Gold Cup last time out yet he finished a creditable third. Today’s contest represents a huge drop down in class, and with a return to this 2 mile distance being a welcome bonus on better ground, I strongly suspect Cross Counter will be hard to beat. Therefore, he’s given a confident vote to provide his well-established trainer Charlie Appleby with a decent winner.
MONTATHAM (15.00 Sandown, 1pt win @10/3)
DARK VISION (15.00 Sandown, 1pt win @4/1)
MONTATHAM and DARK VISION fought out the finish of the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot with the latter coming out on top having been given a beautiful ride by William Buick, and I am inclined to thinking these two will encounter another ding-dong battle in this event. MONTATHAM had the much easier trip at Ascot having raced straight down the middle avoiding all interference to be beaten just over one length when meeting Dark Vision off level-weights.
Although beaten fair and square, Montatham has an excellent chance of turning the tables, especially now being 4lb better off with the winner and that could be enough to see him equal the score with the Mark Johnston trained runner along with Jim Crowley on his back this time. However, Dark Vision didn’t get the clearest of runs having come from near the back of the field, so it was a performance worthy of praise given he hit the line strongly to win going away from the runner-up. He is much worse off at the weights with Montatham today now he’s up 6lb in the handicap, but he could have more to offer and I wouldn’t discount him confirming the form.
GHAIYYATH (15.35 Sandown, 1pt win @5/2)
We are in for a mouth-watering clash with this year’s renewal of the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown looking as though it could be the race of the season on paper as dual arc winner Enable heads the market on her return to action.
Not much is needed to say about Enable’s illustrious career to date and she is a worthy favourite on all accounts. Ultimately, her main season target will be the Arc again where she will bid to go one better than last year and win the race for a third time. Therefore, I think she will be a little ring-rusty today, and she meets a rival who is rated just 2lb inferior to her with race-fitness on side which is another advantage. That horse is GHAIYYATH who was an outstanding winner of the Coronation Stakes at Newmarket over 1m4f. The key to his horse is being able to lead along with his best efforts coming on quick ground which he should get here providing overnight heavy rain doesn’t occur across the course.
Charlie Appleby was quick to express that he’s now “the finished article” and the gears and pace he showed to see off Anthony Van Dyck and Stradivarius last time out was top-class. I’m optimistic about the drop back in trip to 1m2f will suit him even better and I just think he has an ideal set-up here with loads of positives about his chances. His exuberance front-running style of racing will stand him in good stead because others in the race will find it difficult to keep up with him over this shorter trip. So if William Buick is able to preserve his considerable acceleration, we could be in for another excellent performance from him, especially knowing Ghaiyyath has plenty of pretensions to improve further this year.
FOX CHAIRMAN (16.05 Sandown, 1pt win @3/1
ALOE VERA (16.05 Sandown, 0.5pt each-way @14/1) (Might not run if the rain comes) NON RUNNER
A very tricky-looking renewal of this highly-competitive Listed race. Having that said, I think it is worth giving another chance to FOX CHAIRMAN who was bitterly disappointing when down the field in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. It is possible he needed that return to action and his fitness will now be assured dropped down in class. You can argue his best form has come on a slower surface but there is a chance that there will be plenty of rain at the track come race-time, but regardless of whether the ground is good or softer, his form from previous outings makes him an obvious interest against easier much easier opposition.
ALOE VERA could be one to keep onside this season. She gets weight from the whole field being the only filly in the race and has done nothing wrong in both career races, including when comfortably beating a useful field to take top honours in a Listed race when last seen. That was 409 days ago, so she is entitled to need this comeback run, but she is open to considerable improvement and there is an element of her developing into a Group performer at some stage so in summary, you would expect her to run a half-decent race as she represents pretty nice value in a wide-open contest.
DEAN STREET DOLL (16.35 Sandown,1pt win @3/1
DEAN STREET DOLL showed good form when trained in Ireland, having mainly contested Listed/Group races. She has only made two starts for her current yard but there is an element she would have needed them despite running a respectable race to finish 9th of 22 runners in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. That was a good run in defeat considering she finished second of those on the far side, but of course, was unable to reel-in the stand side leaders. Nevertheless, I love it when the handicapper drops a horse for a pound or two for a good run previously, and that case can be made for Dean Street Doll who will also get the services of Ryan Moore. I think she is a cracking bet and has definite capabilities of winning this race from a punting and form perspective.