14:20 Sandown Wed 18 September 2019

  • British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 4)
  • 1m, Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£4,787.002nd£1,424.003rd£712.004th£356.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 43.9sOff time:14:23:16
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1
(12)
29-5OR:
66/1

First foal of an unraced mare, so breeding clues are thin on the ground for this Helmet gelding, although he did cost 85,000 gns last year. Yard 2-15 with juvenile newcomers this year.

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2
(10)
66/1

Sea The Stars half-brother to 1½m winner Liars Corner. Cost €55,000 as a foal, and yard 2-17 (including a 25/1 winner) with 2-y-o debutants this season.

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3
(6)
6/4

Golden Horn half-brother to connections' smart performer Richard Pankhurst. Started slowly, but ran on well when 1¼L second of 10 to Acquitted in a 1m novice at Kempton 12 days ago. Sure to improve, and should go well.

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4
(5)
29-5OR:
100/1

Brazen Beau half-brother to useful 5½f-7f winner My Sharona and useful 2-y-o 6f-1m winner Lethal Steps. Yard 0-60 with juveniles first time out in the past five years, so no fireworks expected.

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5
(11)
29-5OR:
11/2

Exceed and Excel colt out of a Galileo mare. Stayed on well after a tardy start when third to impressive Palace Pier in a 7f novice here late last month. Yard's juveniles usually improve significantly from first to second start, and shortlisted.

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6
(2)
29-5OR:
50/1

150,000 gns yearling out of an unraced half-sister to top-class winner up to 1m Canford Cliffs. Lacks big-race entries to match his pedigree, but one to note in the market for powerful connections.

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7
(8)
29-5OR:
7/2

Runner-up on debut, and then ran a cracker when sixth to the outstanding Pinatubo in the 7f Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. Sets the standard on that run, and retains an entry in the Royal Lodge Stakes, so plenty to recommend him.

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8
(1)
29-5OR:
7/2

Dubawi half-brother to 1000 Guineas/Nassau Stakes winner Legatissimo, and shaped well when 3½L third of 9 to Royal Crusade in a 7f novice at Newmarket last month. Open to considerable improvement, and entered in the Futurity at Doncaster next month.

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9
(3)
29-5OR:
66/1

Night Of Thunder colt out of a Manduro mare. Couldn't go the gallop in a 6f novice at Windsor last month, and while this trip is more in line with his breeding, he has plenty to find on form.

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10
(4)
29-5OR:
14/1

Lope de Vega half-brother to smart milers Via Ravenna and Via Medici. Makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, and yard get a smattering of winners on debut, some at big prices.

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11
(7)
29-5OR: 81
16/1

Improved on earlier efforts when ¾L second of 8 to Cherokee Trail over 7f at Ascot last time, and may do better now the penny has dropped. Does look vulnerable to unexposed rivals, however.

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12
(9)
29-5OR:
33/1

Son of Morpheus who is related to winners, but didn't offer a great deal in a 7f maiden here on debut, and needs to leave that form well behind.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
11Flying Dragon29-212/1Full Result
T: R HannonJ: Tom Marquand

Betting

Forecast

Byzantine Empire (6/4), Never Alone (7/2), Heaven Forfend (7/2), Finest Sound (11/2), Via De Vega (14/1), What An Angel (16/1), Willy Nilly (33/1), Gold Desert (50/1), Arthurian Fable (66/1), Adonis Blue (66/1), Thunder Flash (66/1), Fear Naught (100/1)

Verdict

An interesting race, and HEAVEN FORFEND is the form pick having stayed on well to grab sixth in the Chesham behind Pinatubo. He should relish the longer trip, and is preferred to Byzantine Empire, who looked a winner in waiting here on debut. Never Alone and Finest Sound ate both open to significant progress, and complete the shortlist.
  1. Heaven Forfend
  2. Byzantine Empire
  3. Never Alone

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