Sandown 2.10 tips – Ranger to eclipse classic generation

Sandown 2.10 tips - Ranger to eclipse classic generation

Forest Ranger

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Betting Tip: @ Forest Ranger each-way @ 16/1 with betfair

Masar doesn’t have the profile associated with a top-class Derby winner having been beaten four times previously, including when third in the 2000 Guineas when the likes of Nashwan and Sea The Stars, the last horses to do the Derby-Eclipse double, were second in it. I might be doing him a disservice but he might just be the best of a modest bunch of three-year-olds and given the Epsom form has taken a few knocks since – the second and fourth could only finish third and seventh in the Irish equivalent behind a maiden winner – he is crying out to be opposed at short odds. UPDATE – Masar misses the race due to a late setback.

Indeed, he might struggle to confirm form with the Epsom third Roaring Lion, who patently didn’t stay at Epsom and may now be running over his optimum trip. John Gosden’s charge should again finish ahead of Saxon Warrior, who has now been beaten at short prices in two Derbys and is unlikely to improve on Aidan O’Brien’s woeful record (0-10) with three-year-olds in the last decade.

But as already mentioned the current Classic generation don’t look anything special and this may again go to an older runner, with horses aged four and over winning seven of the last ten renewals. The 2016 winner Hawksbill looked as good as ever at Meydan in March but he’s flopped the last twice, albeit he got very worked up beforehand in first-time blinkers when a well beaten third behind Poet’s Word last time and could bounce back here.

However, Richard Fahey’s FOREST RANGER looks the one to be on, with Betfair’s 16/1 big enough for an each-way bet. He came up short in group races last summer but has landed both his starts since returning from a winter gelding operation and his trainer was talking in terms of this race after his success at the Craven meeting in April. Not for the first time, he found plenty for pressure on that occasion and he could be the type of horse who keeps pulling out a bit extra when needed. That he likes to be ridden prominently is another plus as it pays to be at the head of affairs in tactical races at this track. If that scenario materialises, as seems likely, he’ll be hard to kick out of the frame.

Betting Tip: @ Forest Ranger each-way @ 16/1 with betfair

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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