A quiet enough weekend by recent standards, but the card at Sandown for BetBright day on Saturday offers up plenty of quality and could easily throw up a star or two of the future.
Lincoln Rocks is very much a star of the present, thriving on a busy schedule and about the toughest female in training. She has twice defied top weight in brutally competitive handicaps this season, latterly in a frenetically run big field race at York.
Essentially, her superior staying power at 7fs was crucial last time, and a return to 1m in the BetBright Casino Atalanta Stakes should be no inconvenience. She might well be able to win again.
Clearly Aljazzi warrants respect off her Ascot effort, but the Duke of Cambridge form looks to have a few holes in it. Nathra may be a bigger danger, having raced against talented colts last time in a better race.
The BetBright Solario Stakes looks a cracking race, with decent form – Masar and Romanised – taking on oodles of untapped potential in the shape of Purser, Connect, Arbalet and Vintager.
Romanised is too big a price on what he’s achieved, but Vintager blew me away with the ease of his Newmarket maiden win despite having dumped the rider beforehand. The fourth horse has subsequently bolted up in a warmish race at Chelmsford, and I’ll take a chance here that David Menuisier’s colt is the real deal.
The 10 furlong handicap features Monarchs Glen, a horse who showed monstrous ability at Kempton before the wheels came off on his next two starts. If the gelding operation has settled him, he is a very interesting proposition at the likely odds.
At Beverley, Desert Law is an each way bet in the Bullet. One of three for Paul Midgley in the race, he has won in real style the last twice, is not badly drawn, and could benefit from a real pace meltdown here. Furthermore, he should prefer this better ground.
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