Sandown 3.45 (Coral-Eclipse) tips – Time Test looks trained to the minute

Sandown 3.45 (Coral-Eclipse) tips - Time Test looks trained to the minute

Time Test

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Betting Tip: @ 10/3 with bet365

A fascinating renewal of a Group 1 race that is usually the first chance in the season for top-class three-year-olds to take on their elders. The Classic generation have struggled in more recent times, as evidenced by a 2-22 record in the last ten runnings, and the two winners (Golden Horn and Sea The Stars) were exceptional. Aidan O’Brien’s The Gurkha is one of three from that age group lining up and the market suggests he’s got the best chance of improving that poor record. Indeed, he has been backed as if defeat was out of the question since being declared earlier in the week, with most firms now going a shade of odds-on. He only made his debut in April (third) and has quickly established himself as a top miler with a convincing success in the French 2000 Guineas and was then perhaps given too much to do when splitting Galileo Gold and Awtaad in the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot. Ryan Moore will be keen to make amends here, though he won’t be committing too early given his mount is stepping up in trip and has his stamina to prove.

However, he’s up against a top-notch four-year-old in Roger Charlton’s TIME TEST and he’s taken to strike another blow for the older generation. The son of Dubawi quickly progressed into a smart 1m2f performer last summer, culminating in a Group 2 success at Newmarket in September, and he did well to reel in the reopposing Western Hymn when making his comeback over track and trip in May given he looked in need of the run and was giving the runner-up 5lb. His trainer has compared him favourably with Al Kazeem, who won the 2013 renewal for the stable, and he will have been pleased to see the ground dry out to ‘good to soft’ as his charge skipped Royal Ascot on account of very soft going. Good ground or faster would have been ideal, but he’ll handle conditions at a course he clearly likes and that earns him the vote, providing conditions don’t deteriorate.

Of the rest, you’ve got to respect My Dream Boat after he produced a career-best effort to land the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, when showing his appreciation for cut in the ground. Clive Cox’s four-year-old seems to be getting better with experience, will again have his conditions and is a previous winner at this track, so he’s not discounted lightly.

Godolphin took the decision to supplement Hawkbill after he completed a five-timer in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot and, while another step forward is required here, he’s not out of it by any means.

Betting Tip: @ 10/3 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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