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Sandown tips for Saturday 8 July racecard - Race-by-race selections for day two of the Coral-Eclipse meeting

RacingAccas Staff 7 Jul 2017
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the second day of the Coral-Eclipse meeting.
Sandown host the second day of their Coral-Eclipse meeting on Saturday with another quality racecard at the Esher venue.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the second day of the Coral-Eclipse meeting.

Sandown’s Saturday racecard sees the continuation of the two-day Coral Eclipse meeting, and after some cracking contest’s on Friday’s card the focus switches on the second day to the eponymously-titled Group One feature race.

In addition to that cracking middle-distance contest, the Coral Marathon and Coral Charge provide high-class support to the day’s feature.

1:20 Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 7f

1:50 Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered As The Sprint Stakes) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f10y

2:25 Coral Challenge (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m

3:00 Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

3:35 Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f209y

4:10 Coral Marathon (Listed Race) (Registered As The Esher Stakes) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m50y

4:40 Download The Coral App Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m1f209y

Getting underway from 1.20pm for the first of seven races at the Esher venue, Brian Healy assesses the day-two racecard where he has selections for every race going to post.

1:20 Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 7f

ALMOREB () was too green to do himself justice on his sole start as a juvenile last term, finishing seventh in a race won by Cracksman and which also featured Stradivarius; Richard Hannon’s charge stepped up on the experience to get off the mark on his return to action at Newbury in May, and the Raven’s Pass colt ran better than the bare result when fourth here behind Surrey Hope, perhaps doing too much.

That was his handicap debut, and Richard Hannon’s charge could still be well-treated from this mark with the drop back to seven furlongs expected to suit; he can regain winning ways here with the prospect of further improvement.

Richard Hannon can get day two of Sandown off to a winning start with his Almoreb fancied to take the opener.

1:50 Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered As The Sprint Stakes) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f10y

It has been a while since GOLDREAM (13/2, William Hill) last tasted victory, with his latest win coming almost two years ago when scoring in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp, beating Rangali.

Robert Cowell’s charge had earlier won the King’s Stand Stakes, beating Medicean Man, and finished fifth to Mecca’s Angel in the Nunthorpe, so the classy competitor boasts solid claims in this contest on those efforts.

Last season was something of a disappointment however for the Oasis Dream gelding, who posted his best effort when third to Just Glamorous in a French Group Three contest, and he was disappointing in defence of his Abbaye crown at Chantilly prior to failing to fire at Dundalk on his final start.

He looked back to his best in a couple of starts this term behind Marsha and Priceless respectively, and he ran better than the bare result in the King’s Stand Stakes behind Lady Aurelia, finishing tenth behind the impressive winner.

The eight-year old may not be quite the force he once was within the sprinting ranks, but he remains capable of high-class form, and he ran well here on his only previous visit to the Esher track; this is easier than that Ascot contest, and arguably his easiest assignment this term, and no surprise if he were to go close here although he is certainly vulnerable to an improver.

2:25 Coral Challenge (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m

GEORGE WILLIAM (9/1, Bet365) has run some cracking races in big-field handicaps this term already, scoring on his return to action following a Chelmsford win last term to follow up at Nottingham in April, beating subsequent winner GK Chesterton.

Richard Hannon’s Paco Boy gelding has subsequently made the frame in both the Newbury Spring Cup – beaten less than one length into fourth behind Banksea – and the Victoria Cup at Ascot, where he found only Fastnet Tempest three-parts of a length too strong.

A line is drawn through his subsequent flop in the Royal Hunt Cup where he was drawn on the wrong side of the pace and never got involved; but he is better-drawn here with horses around him, and likely to get a good pace to aim at, he can bounce back from that Ascot effort to go close in this contest.

George William can notch up a deserved win with success at Sandown.

3:00 Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

PACO’S ANGEL (11/4, Paddy Power) looked a progressive sort as a juvenile, winning twice from six starts with successes at Windsor and Goodwood, as well as a trio of silver medal finishes.

Having looked in need of the run on her return at Lingfield in April, Richard Hughes’ charge stepped up on that run following another break to finish third in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, beaten just over two lengths.

She looked the winner at one point before her run faltered, but she crossed the line one length ahead of Queen Of Time – who reopposes here -  and she can confirm the form with that rival on better terms, given that Ascot run saw the Showcasing filly concede 7lbs to Henry Candy’s rival, but the pair meet now off level weights.

She looks the one to beat on that Ascot run, and open to improvement still she can get back on the scoresheet.

3:35 Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f209y

Nine runners face the starter for this Group One, and BARNEY ROY (3/1, Bet365) can continue his massively progressive upward curve which saw the Godolphin runner impressively win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot last month.

Richard Hannon’s Excelebration colt had earlier been an impressive winner of the Greenham at Newbury prior to finding only Churchill too strong in the 2000 Guineas next time; but that run came with excuses as he stumbled entering the dip and became unbalanced which as a consequence saw him giving up ground to the winner.

He stayed on strongly between horses however, and was closing Churchill down at the line; another fifty yards would have seen him win, and although that rival didn’t give his running at Ascot subsequently it was a good performance by the Godolphin runner to resume winning ways.

This longer trip should be within range, and still open to improvement after just four runs he can make the most of the weight he receives from his elders to follow up and add another Group One to his burgeoning reputation as a top-class middle-distance performer.

Barney Roy can win the feature Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

4:10 Coral Marathon (Listed Race) (Registered As The Esher Stakes) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m50y

NEARLY CAUGHT () may be able to land this prize from the sharp end, and Hughie Morrison’s charge is forgiven his latest effort in the Ascot Gold Cup where he never got involved.

A smart performer last term, winning a French Group Two and placing in both the Group One Prix Du Cadran and the Group Two Champions Long Distance Cup, the New Approach gelding continued his good form with in-the-frame efforts on his return at Ascot in May in the Sagaro, and in the Group Two Oleander at Hoppegarten next time prior to his Gold Cup run where he finished ninth.

This is easier dropping back to Listed level, and the standard setter on form he could be hard to beat in this contest if bouncing back.

4:40 Download The Coral App Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m1f209y

The unbeaten FRONTISPIECE () can take his winning tally to three, having produced a good effort to score over course and distance on his return from a break last month, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge should go well in this race.

The Shamardal colt overcame inexperience to make a winning debut at Ascot last September, beating Make Time and Muhajjal by a nose and head respectively; that runner-up won next time, and the selection stepped up on his return over the longer trip to post a neck verdict over On To Victory who was also a subsequent winner next time.

That was his debut in a handicap, and raised just 4lbs he could feature here off a dangerous mark, and with improvement likely he can uphold his unbeaten record.

Frontispiece can take is unbeaten record to three wins from three starts in Saturday's Sandown finale.


1:20 - ALMOREB ()

1:50 - GOLDREAM (13/2, William Hill)

2:25 - GEORGE WILLIAM (9/1, Bet365)

3:00 - PACO’S ANGEL (11/4, Paddy Power)

3:35 - BARNEY ROY (3/1, Bet365)



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