Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's action.
There’s some quality action on the level at Sandown to get stuck into and the following three horses in particular are grabbing my attention, albeit at shorter prices than I would have liked.
I was on Owen Burrows’ WADILSAFA for the Group 3 Hampton Court (1m2f) at Royal Ascot as he looked decent when picking up a 1m Newmarket novice previously, only for him to struggle to bridge the class and finish ninth.
With hindsight, being held up that day over a longer trip probably wasn’t ideal and he duly bolted up when dropped back to a mile against handicap rivals on his next start, making every yard of the running.
He’s back up in class for this afternoon’s 1m Listed contest and, in the belief he’s a Group horse in the making (he holds an entry in the Group 2 Joel Stakes), I’m happy to support him against eight lower-rated rivals, with Jim Crowley likely to bounce him out and make every post a winning one.
Sir Michael Stoute’s RAWDAA will be carrying my cash in the 1m fillies’ handicap as she is less exposed than the majority of her rivals after just three starts and as a half-sister to the smart Jallota, she is almost certainly up to winning at a higher level.
Granted, she was turned over at odds of 1/12 when last seen out at Wolverhampton last month but that was a three-runner tactical event and the winner Timespan had the run of the race.
We can safely put a line through that then and, based on her previous easy success in a Newmarket novice, she might have got into this handicap on a winnable mark given the horse she beat by three and a quarter lengths, the odds-on Sharamm, has been given a rating of 88. William Buick gets the leg up.
I was hoping for bigger than 7/2 (now out to 5/1) on James Fanshawe’s HYPERACTIVE in division one of the fillies’ handicap over 1m1f209y given her form figures of 455 and the fact she’s taking on ten rivals, several of whom have winning form to recommend them.
But the bookmakers aren’t daft and like me they can see her potential now dropping into handicap company for the first time off what could be a generous mark of 67. That surely underestimates her by some way and while we only have the evidence of her three qualifying runs to go on, they were not without promise, especially her debut fourth at Lingfield when still green.
Her breeding also hints at better to come – she is the first foal of Miss Dashwood, who improved with age and middle-distances for the same yard, winning four handicaps – and then there is the excellent form of her stable to consider – Fanshawe is 5-18 (28%) in the last fortnight. No wonder she’s as short as she is.
All odds were correct at time of posting.