15:45 Sandown Fri 14 June 2019

  • Join Racing TV Now Handicap (Class 3)
  • 1m 1f 209y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner£12,450.002nd£3,728.003rd£1,864.004th£932.005th£466.006th£234.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:2m 13.49sOff time:15:52:11
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1
(3)
49-12OR: 91BFD
5/4

Frankel gelding; 2-4 during a very light racing career to date; 1lb higher than when finishing a close third to Coolongolook on handicap debut at Doncaster (1m2f, good to soft) last October; can hopefully kick on positively in 2019.

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2
(8)
79-7OR: 86D
33/1

1lb higher than when winning at Windsor (1m2f, good to firm) 12 months ago; has various bits and pieces of placed form on soft ground, albeit finished a disappointing last of nine on seasonal reappearance at Newmarket.

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3
(11)
59-7OR: 86D
14/1

Hasn't raced on turf since finishing second here (1m, good) in September 2017; has progressed in the interim, most notably during the early months of 2019 winning three times on the AW (Wolverhampton x2 and Chelmsford); rising in the handicap.

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4
(6)
49-6OR: 85D
20/1

5lb higher than when beating today's rival Allegiant (on debut for this trainer) at Windsor (1m2f, good) in April; pulled up and dismounted with something amiss on his next start at the Thames venue; is turned out swiftly just 18 days later.

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5
(13)
99-5OR: 84D
25/1

Effective on both turf and the AW but hasn't tasted victory since scoring at Chelmsford (1m2f) in May 2017; fairly handily weighted as a result; his last six competitive starts have come over 1m3f and beyond; others preferred.

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6
(2)
99-5OR: 84CD
33/1

Has the winning knack as his career statistics testify (9-61); easing in the weights after competing almost exclusively at Chelmsford (1m2f) over the past 12 months or so; course winner (1m) on soft in July 2016.

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7
(12)
59-5OR: 84CD
14/1

Was with Sir Michael Stoute when winning by a neck on handicap debut over C&D (good) in June 2017; broadly consistent since, joining this yard for 32,000gns in October 2018; fair fifth of 18 on Newbury stable debut; place chance.

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8
(7)
69-4OR: 83BFD
11/2

2lb lower than when winning on soft ground at Newmarket (1m2f) last November; far from disgraced when switched back on turf at Newbury (8th of 18) in April; bounced back from a slight blip with a placed effort at Windsor (1m3f+) latest.

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9
(10)
59-4OR: 83
12/1

On the premises off an identical mark on his last couple of starts (1m2f at Windsor and Epsom) and theoretically is eased in grade a fraction (drops back into a Class 3); probably wouldn't want the ground conditions being too soft.

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10
(9)
49-4OR: 83
25/1

Won three races for Gary Moore (6f-1m1f) earlier in his career before moving onto pastures new; just failed to take second when beaten 2L by Villette on debut for Chris Gordon at Kempton (1m2f) in November; off since; stamina doubts on soft.

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11
(4)
59-1OR: 80
11/2

Looked the real deal when winning for Marco Botti at Newcastle in September 2016; has taken his time since joining this trainer for 50,000gns; 4L runner up to the now 100-rated West End Charmer at Doncaster (1m2f, gd/fm) 12 days ago.

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12
(1)
59-1OR: 80DWS
20/1

Beaten once in three starts on turf; 6lb higher than when winning a Class 5 amateurs' handicap at Doncaster (1m2f, good to soft) last October; has had wind surgery since scoring on the Polytrack at Lingfield (1m4f) in February.

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13
(5)
48-7OR: 72BF
14/1

7lb higher than when winning at Epsom (1m+, good) last September but remains low mileage and twice placed over this trip this season, including when a 2L runner up to today's rival He's Amazing at Windsor (good) in April.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
7Pivoine49-57/1Full Result
T: A M BaldingJ: Jim Crowley

Betting

Forecast

Herculean (5/4), Mandarin (11/2), C Note (11/2), Mr Scaramanga (12/1), Badenscoth (14/1), Frontispiece (14/1), Allegiant (14/1), He's Amazing (20/1), Tralee Hills (20/1), Noble Gift (25/1), Sing Out Loud (25/1), Rotherwick (33/1), Secret Art (33/1)

Verdict

A seriously competitive handicap in which any number can be considered. The very lightly raced Frankel gelding Herculean looks open to most improvement despite shouldering 9st 12lb, although the market is likely to reflect that fact and he'll offer little in the way of any value. Frontispiece (fifth) and C Note (eighth) both competed in a strong Class 3 contest at Newbury in April and are worthy of an each-way mention at rewarding odds, while Tralee Hills (2-3 on turf) could find more improvement for wind surgery. However, a slight chance is taken that MANDARIN will handle the soft ground in what promises to be a rewarding season ahead for Ian Williams.
  1. Mandarin
  2. Herculean
  3. Frontispiece

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