Sandown stages a competitive six-race card this evening and it houses both of today's best bets.
There are five British meetings to bet on today plus Naas in Ireland, with the evening card at Sandown providing today’s best bets.
The nap runs in the 7f maiden (due off 7.10pm) in the shape of Sir Michael Stoute’s UNDER ATTACK, who showed he had a race of this nature in him when a staying on fourth on his Newmarket debut last month, with the third John Splendid franking the form when winning at Haydock subsequently. Easy to back that day – he was sent off at 33/1 – it was no surprise to see him run green and get behind, but the way he kept on nicely when meeting the rising ground was very encouraging for his future career.
As a son of Dubawi out of a Listed-place 1m4f winner (he’s a close relation to the same stable’s Hi Calypso and Warringah and other decent sorts), he’s not likely to reach his full potential until running over middle distances next season. That said, it would be a surprise if he can’t win a maiden at least this term and that may well happen this evening, with the stiff 7f helping to bring his stamina into play. He has nothing to fear from the Newmarket sixth Et Toi and a bigger danger may be Cymric, who was far from disgraced when finishing tenth in the Chesham Stakes on his race course debut.
The 5f sprint handicap that closes the card (8.50pm) looks wise open and it could be worth taking a chance on ROCKET ROB coming back to form on a course he loves. The nine-year-old has cut little ice in three starts this term but that has helped his handicap mark fall to just 67, which is his lowest rating on turf since winning at Epsom five years ago.
He’s had plenty of starts since and has reserved some of his best efforts for this track, where his full course record reads: 8112712213 (4-10). That improves to 1127121 (4-7) when racing in handicap fields of 11 runners or less and he’s therefore of considerable interest now he takes on nine rivals and gets weight from all bar one of them. A lower draw than stall six would have been ideal, but it’s hardly a disaster and his odds of 12/1 provide ample compensation.