A great day’s racing at Sandown is crowned by the Coral Eclipse. Traditionally the first big clash of the generations, we like to live by the rule that with the weight-for-age allowances a top notch 3yo will beat a top notch older horse, but an average 3yo will lose to an average 4yo.
We suspect the 3yos here will have the edge, but picking which one looks too tricky.
We prefer the desperately tough looking 1m handicap (1425 BST) ! An old favourite GM Hopkins is dropping dangerously in the weights and hinted at better at Royal Ascot last time and should go close.
Greenside is a typically progressive and lightly raced Henry Candy trained handicapper. He deserves to be favourite.
The value pick though could be Hors De Combat. The booking of Olivier Peslier is eyecatching. It is a while since this horse won, but he keeps going close. He really caught the eye at Ascot last time when enduring a horrible run, and he gave the impression of being in top form. A dose of Peslier magic and a turning fast run stiff mile may just be the winning code.
Over at Haydock, the famous Old Newton Cup sees several horses st short prices to overturn some recent Epsom form. Shraaoh was a hot favourite then, and is so again.
Try as we might though, we don’t see why any of the beaten horses that day should turn things around with the winner then Soldier In Action. He is a typically tough Mark Johnston horse and won well that day. Things didn’t go right for him at Royal Ascot last time, but that might be worth forgiving at a track that should suit his prominent running style and where the yard has huge success.
Hors Des Combat (1425 Sandown), 0.5pts each way, 16/1 generally available.
Soldier In Action (1515 Haydock), 0.5pts each what, 12/1 generally available.
Hors Des Combat & Soldier in Action, 0.5pts each way double.
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