14:20 Sandown

Sunday 2 August 2020


Cobham Handicap

Class 5  |   1m  |   Good (Good to Firm in places)  |   9 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:20  |   Winning time: 1m 43.12s

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: David Probert |  T: A M Balding|  OR: 75

Off the mark (sixth attempt) with a career best in a 7f maiden at Leicester (good to soft) four weeks ago - runner-up Rebel Soldier Boy was a winner on his next start (Catterick); must enter the thought process.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: L P Keniry |  T: C G Cox|  OR: 74

Didn't exactly cover himself in glory (raced keenly and looked awkward) on seasonal reappearance at Kempton (1m); that said; has some fair juvenile form on his CV, and that run could've just taken off the edge; does sit on a career high mark.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: Georgia Dobie |  T: Eve Johnson Houghton|  OR: 74

Ascot novice winner (6f, good to firm) last September; has eased in the weights following a couple of modest performances - finished a never involved sixth to Gypsy Whisper here (7f) latest; stamina reserves to prove over this trip.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: R Havlin |  T: Ian Williams|  OR: 74

Five-race maiden (regularly placed as a juvenile, 5f-7f); posted a low-key comeback (33-1) in a Class 4 handicap at Doncaster (7f, good to soft); this sounder surface is helpful, albeit he's difficult to enthuse over.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: S W Kelly |  T: Sir Mark Todd|  OR: 73

Lightly-raced Iffraaj gelding; makes the switch to handicap company at a realistic level following a trio of broadly similar performances in novice/maiden contests (7f-1m) - was beaten 7½L when finishing runner-up at Lingfield.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: Rob Hornby |  T: R M Beckett|  OR: 73

Prominent-racer; seemingly strengthening with experience, running her best race to date at Windsor (1m, good) - beaten 2½L by the odds-on favourite Sea Trout Reach (Rhyme Scheme third); rates as an interesting handicap debutante.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: Cieren Fallon |  T: M L W Bell|  OR: 73

Frankel colt; fair to say that he's proved slightly disappointing since making an encouraging debut at Newmarket (7f, soft) last October; cheekpieces are now applied for handicap debut; it's possible (no formality) that he could take a leap forward.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: S De Sousa |  T: M R Channon|  OR: 72

Finished third (just behind Calatrava) at Windsor (1m, good to firm) on her penultimate start; that said, it's relevant to acknowledge that this seven-race maiden has had more chances than most, so it'll come as a surprise if she's the winner.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10  |  J: P J Dobbs |  T: W J Knight|  OR: 64

Maiden (0-10); 3lb lower than when finishing third (beaten 3¾L) to Queen Of Silca at Haydock (1m, good) three starts back; less promising since, including on the July Course at Newmarket (1m) last weekend; look elsewhere.


Al Badr53
Weight: 9-2|  Age: 3
T: S & E Crisford  J: Non Runner


Wild Hero (9/4), Calatrava (5/1), Formality (5/1), Al Badr (5/1), Cosmic Power (7/1), Rhyme Scheme (15/2), Goodwood Rebel (11/1), Pitchcombe (14/1), Tippler (16/1), Fanzone (40/1)

The Leicester maiden winner Wild Hero must enter the thinking, alongside Ralph Beckett's prominent-racing filly Calatrava (form linked with Rhyme Scheme). The latter appears to be strengthening with racing and isn't punitively handicapped from an opening mark of 73. However, with the Simon and Ed Crisford horses in such fine fettle in recent weeks, the speculative selection is the twice-raced Kodiac gelding AL BADR. He contested a competitive Wolverhampton maiden (featured Streak Lightning and Master The Stars) on his most recent start, and it'll be interesting to see if he's capable of raising his game now introduced to handicapping on turf.
  1. Al Badr
  2. Calatrava
  3. Wild Hero
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