Sandringham Handicap tips – Anamba one for the boys in blue

Sandringham Handicap tips – Anamba one for the boys in blue


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Betting Tip: Anamba @ 10/1 with bet365

The Sandringham Handicap is a relatively new race (since 2002) and is run over the straight mile for three-year-old fillies. Big fields are the norm but the race has been relatively kind to punters with no major shocks since its inception.

Who’s favourite?
One of the most open races of the entire meeting, yet we have a relatively short-priced favourite in the shape of John Gosden’s filly Persuasive, who is unbeaten after three starts and could well be a Group horse in the making. Certainly, she has the potential to far better than her current rating of 95 and was only recently taken out of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, such is the regard she is held in. She’s unproven on ground as slow as this, having won twice on the all-weather and on ‘good’ in between, but some elements of her pedigree suggest she will handle it. Betfair are longest at 13/2.

Who else is fancied?
Mick Halford’s Anamba was impressive when winning a Listed race over 7f at Naas on her reappearance in May, when taking on her elders as well as colts and geldings, and this Godolphin-owned filly is open to further improvement after just three starts. She promises to stay a mile (she too was given a Coronation Stakes entry) and won’t mind the conditions one bit, having won twice on yielding ground.

Czabo is one of two Mick Channon runners (the other being Opal Tiara) and she must come into the reckoning on her latest Listed success at Deauville (1m, soft), having previously found Group 1 company at the Curragh too hot to handle. She is reunited with Silvestre De Sousa who has a good record for the stable and has won on her twice previously.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Diploma appears to be going the right way judging by her smooth success in a York handicap over 1m2f on her reappearance, although dropping back to to a mile is not ideal given how well she was finishing on the Knavesmire. She’s one of two runners for The Queen, whose Make Fast looked in need of a step up to this trip when finishing strongly into second in a Listed contest at Epsom on Oaks day.

Any decent outsiders?
You can make a case of sorts for around 20 of the 26 runners but those with more obvious claims include Mix And Mingle, seventh in the 1000 Guineas when last seen and reportedly working well since, and Ireland’s Dolce Strega, who has come out this spring to win twice, including a 7f Group 3 contest at the Curragh on soft ground last time.

Best bookie offer?
Both bet365 and Sky Bet are paying out on five places rather than the standard four, so they should be your first port of all for each-way bets.

Who’s going to win?
The unbeaten Persuasive could be far better than her mark and is a worthy favourite, but she has to overcome a big field and the ground is also an unknown. I’m therefore loathe to put her up at just 6/1, but there’s more juice in the price of ANAMBA and Mick Halford’s filly looks to have that touch of class needed to win this, with William Buick (1-3 on the stable runners in Britain) booked to do the steering.


Anamba each-way @ 10/1 bet365 (¼ odds,

Betting Tip: Anamba @ 10/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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