SANDOWN – JUNE 8
Thursday's Placepot permutation at Sandown:
Leg 1 (6.00): 1 (Validator) & 8 (Utterly Charming)
Leg 2 (6.30): 6 (See Of Rome), 1 (Poet’s Word) & 4 (Utopian Dream)
Leg 3 (7.00): 7 (Almorab), 5 (Envoy) & 8 (Pivoine)
Leg 4 (7.30): 2 (Hold Sway) & 6 (Frontispiece)
Leg 5 (8.00): 16 (Your Ladyship), 15 (Opera Queen) & 7 (Pouvoir Magique)
Leg 6 (8.30): 4 (Titi Makfi), 9 (Prize Diva) & 2 (Carol)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
Overview for Thursday - please scroll down to the bottom of the page
6.00: VALIDATOR won with plenty of moisture in the ground at Thirsk at the second time of asking and though the William Haggas raider is asked to defy a seven pound penalty for the victory, it might take a smart newcomer to lower her colours. Ryan Moore’s mount represents Kodiac who has enjoyed a fine start to the season, with connections possibly having most to fear from UTTERLY CHARMING. Clive Cox’s Dandy Man filly holds an entry in the big Redcar event at the back end of the season and with Clive’s juveniles going well during the early part of the season, UTTERLY CHARMING could run the selection close in receipt of the relevant weight.
Favourite factor: This is a new meeting at Sandown whereby there are no previous details
Point to note: There are no course winners running at Sandown on Thursday evening
6.30: Richard Hughes equalled last year’s haul of five winners during the month of May and having scored with a runner on Tuesday, SEE OF ROME might continue the run of decent form on behalf of the stable at Sandown on Thursday. Richard’s Pour Moi raider has ‘only’ been beaten by an aggregate of ten lengths via four assignments thus far, whereby this debut handicap mark of 76 offers a definite chance of breaking his duck. Others for the overnight melting pot include PERCY’S WORD and UTOPIAN DREAM.
7.00: ALMORAB made light of the soft conditions on his seasonal debut when scoring at Newbury, the Raven’s Pass colt having run down the field in a warm maiden won by Cracksman at Newmarket last back end. ENVOY showed there were no ill effects to a gelding operation when scoring at the first time of asking at Nottingham recently and is another to consider, possibly alongside PIVOINE who ran well enough at Newbury when unfancied back in April.
7.35: Having secured a medal of each colour via just five runners at Epsom at the weekend, Charlie Appleby fared better than most trainers at the Derby meeting and the bandwagon can roll on successfully here with HOLD SWAY having been declared to run. Charlie’s Dubawi colt has been as consistent as the trainer thus far, having finished in the frame in all four starts, breaking his maiden tag last time out with give in the ground. That said, FRONTISPIECE could be anything given his Ascot win on debut when needing every inch of the seventh furlong that day. This ten furlong trip should suit and Sir Michael Stoute’s Shamardal colt (representing The Queen) is the obvious danger.
8.05: The twelve experienced runners in the field have failed to set a high standard between them to date and it would be somewhat disappointing if one of the four newcomers failed to score accordingly. YOUR LADYSHIP, OPERA QUEEN and POUVOIR MAGIQUE are marginally preferred to the other option, namely Great White Shark. Out of interest, I fancy Precision to lead the other eleven entries home.
8.40: Follow a filly in form has been one of the best ‘adages’ to consider down the years and In TITI MAKFI, we have the opportunity to heed the advice with Mark Johnston’s Hamilton winner turned out again just a week after breaking her maiden tag. Mark’s filly was entitled to win in receipt of plenty of weight from the runner up that day, though there was plenty to like about the way she went about her business. The slight drop back in trip might suit PRIZE DIVA (there will be worse outsiders on the card I’ll wager), whilst CAROL completes my trio against the field. This is my last offering for a while until medics allow me back to work, which will hopefully be before the Royal Ascot meeting starts. In the meantime, I wish you the very best of luck – back soon.
All place details offered on my pages relate to an 'exact science', whereby horses that finish third in 5/6/7 runner races (and other such scenarios) are not 'placed' regarding my statistics.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Sandown card on Thursday – followed by their ratio at the track this season + profits/losses accrued:
7 runners—Richard Hannon (2/8 – Profit of 6 points)
4—Sir Michael Stoute (2/4 – Profit of 9 points)
3—John Best (No previous runners this season)
3—John Gosden (1/7 – loss of 1 point)
2—Andrew Balding (0/1)
2—Ed Dunlop (0/2)
2—Eve Johnson Houghton (0/2)
2—Pat Phelan (No previous runners)
2—Joseph Tuite (0/1)
2—Ed Walker (No previous runners)
+ 34 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
63 declared runners
General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:
Ripon: £86.20 – 6 favourites – 1 winner – 1 placed – 4 unplaced
There is no history attached to the other meetings at Carlisle, Haydock and Bangor