16:30 Sandown Fri 14 September 2018

  • China Southern Airlines Optional Claiming Handicap (Class 2)
  • 7f, Good to Soft
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£19,407.002nd£5,775.003rd£2,886.004th£1,443.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 31.18sOff time:16:31:31
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1
(5)
610-0OR: 100
7/2

Remains 4lb higher than last winning mark which came over two years ago. Likes York and was a good third there last month and not disgraced at the Curragh. Has been running in much stronger races and looks to have his best chance for a while.

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2
(1)
89-12OR: 98D
7/1

Won a Group 3 at Haydock last year but has struggled in three starts this campaign. On a dangerous mark down in grade but needs to bounce back to form.

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3
(3)
79-5OR: 91D
9/1

Decent second at Thirsk and a repeat would see him competitive once again. Easy to put a line through Chester run when getting absolutely no luck and can be involved but remains 6lb higher than last winning mark.

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4
(7)
49-4OR: 90
9/2

Just two wins so far but ran well here two starts back. Disappointed last time at a track he likes and now up 3lb needs to find more.

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6
(4)
69-4OR: 90D
5/1

Good runner-up at Newmarket before two poor runs albeit in very strong handicaps the last twice and needs to find a return to form for this drop in grade.

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7
(6)
49-2OR: 88
25/1

Tough ask in the Stewards' Cup but that still followed two poor runs and probably needs faster conditions than this to produce his very best.

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8
(10)
49-0OR: 86D
6/1

Back down to a competitive mark if getting back to the form of last season's campaign but three runs this year have been poor and more required at present.

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9
(2)
98-7OR: 79CD
33/1

Hadn't won since 2015 until rattling up a four-timer on the fibresand earlier this year. Has struggled in three turf starts since and probably best watched until returning to Southwell.

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10
(8)
58-1OR: 73CD
14/1

Goes well here and came back to form over this C&D with a narrow defeat on his latest start. Should go well again but this is tougher.

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11
(9)
78-0OR: 72BFD
9/1

All four career wins have come on an AW surface and has returned in good heart on those surfaces with a win and a second following wind surgery. Gets to race off a lower mark back on turf but still looks a better horse on synthetics.

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Non-Runners

5
(11)
Sir Titan20
49-4OR: 90
T: M P TregoningJ: Hayley Turner

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Firmament (7/2), Repton (9/2), Swift Approval (5/1), Juanito Chico (6/1), Absolutely So (7/1), Exchequer (9/1), Rousayan (9/1), Sir Titan (10/1), Another Boy (14/1), Barrington (25/1), Mister Music (33/1)

Verdict

FIRMAMENT has proven a hard horse to win with but there haven't been many opportunities like this for a while and like Absolutely So is down in grade, however is in better form. Rousayan was luckless last time and should be more competitive while Another Boy can be involved in conditions that are ideal.
  1. Firmament
  2. Another Boy
  3. Rousayan

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