Sandown 1.50 – Global Applause – 8/1
There will plenty keen on the trainer switch to Robert Cowell, but – in all honesty – he only has to run somewhere near his seasonal debut on ground he enjoys to get pretty close here. This is a nice ease in grade for him and Gerald Mosse has been brilliant in recent weeks.
Sandown 2.25 – Master Carpenter (ew) – 9/1
There are loads of sexier, more progressive horses in the race, but Master Carpenter has never run a bad race at Sandown, has found the ground way too firm for most of the season, and has come down the weights nearly a stone in a year. What is more, there have been plenty of signs that the ability remains largely intact, and he’s worth a few pennies each way here.
Sandown 3.00 – Laugh Aloud – 4/1
I’m a huge fan of Veracious, who will be very hard to beat, but the disparity in prices at time of writing is just plain wrong, and Laugh Aloud is the bet at current odds. Admittedly she has a sizeable absence to overcome, but she looked an outstanding prospect when bolting up in an Epsom Group 3 last year, and will be right there if resuming in the same fettle.
Sandown 3.35 – Too Darn Hot – 11/10
This beautifully bred colt looked right out of the top drawer when breaking his maiden here last month. He faces five pretty spicy rivals here, but is already being touted for next year’s Derby, will love the ground and comes from a stable that loves to run a proper one in this – Raven’s Pass and Kingman both previous winners.
Beverley 2.45 – Mythmaker – 8/1
This drop to a stiff 5 furlongs with a guaranteed strong pace might just be the ticket for Mythmaker, who has been extremely consistent over 6, but has not quite been finishing off his races. He’ll need some luck from stall 1, but hopefully Take Cover should Open our the field.
Chester 2.05 – Lake Volta – 5/1
In a pretty competitive race, Lake Volta could hardly have a better set-up here: he’s got plenty of gate speed, is well drawn, is ridden by Chester specialist Franny Norton, is not at all badly handicapped. He has often shown his best on turning or idiosyncratic tracks, and this place will hold no fears for him.
Chester 3.15 – Here and Now – 5/1
On official ratings, Here and Now has a mountain to climb to beat Duretto, but it’s entirely possible based on both pedigree and on the ridiculous ease of his York win that he’s been hiding his light under a bushel. It’s interesting that a trainer as shrewd as Ralph Beckett is prepared to damage his handicap mark here, clearly in the belief that the only handicaps he needs to worry about now are the Melbourne Cup and next year’s Ebor.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.