A bet each from good cards at Sandown and Goodwood:
There’s some high class action at Goodwood and Sandown today. Goodwood hosts some competitive handicaps as well as a Listed race in which Icespire heads the market. I fully expect Icespire to land the odds after a very unlucky second at Ascot – the step up in trip will suit and I have no doubt she will go onto be a Group horse this season, she could be the most exciting runner of the day.
At Sandown, out of the six races on the card this evening, we have two Listed heats and a further two Group races. The 2YO race only has five runners but is extremely competitive as Charlie Appleby puts his imperious juvenile record on the line. Big Orange is the hot favourite in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes while the Brigadier Gerard Stakes has been thrown wide open by the withdrawal of So Mi Dar. The 8 10 Listed race has a Sir Michael Stoute odds-on favourite, but the ever-consistent Rodaini looks overpriced and the exciting and pricelessly named Escobar will look to bounce back from a poor run at the end of last season.
Goodwood 2.35 – The Warrior (A Perret) 8/1
At 8/1 paying three places, can’t see this 5YO out the frame. Gossiping is rightly favourite and overcame tricky draw last time here to win, but The Warrior was very unlucky in running and failed to make the most of a more advantageous line heading into the infamous bend. There’s only a pound swing in the weights in favour of The Warrior, but at Ascot his run emphasised he’s still improving and did well to escape another rise finishing 2l behind the impressive winner of the Victoria Cup. The quicker the ground the better and despite the interesting decision to water overnight it should dry out quickly given the weather today.
Sandown 6.00 – Ghinia (P Sly) 15/2
The first race at Sandown is a very competitive heat, with a few non-runners not making things any clearer. I’m siding with Ghinia as the sliding mark gives her a huge chance. The 1M2F trip hasn’t brought much success, but neither has the supposed preferred mile trip. Last year she was competitive off 84 and heads to Sandown this evening off 72. The each-way odds are generous and why she might not be in her best form, if the 5YO has much ability left she should find it in this grade and off this mark.