Sandown hosts a great card this weekend with Saturday holding the Coral-Eclipse after three Class 1 contests highlighting Friday’s meeting.
The Dragon Stakes launches the debates before the Esher Stakes and Gala Stakes.
There are still a few days until Friday’s meeting and the fields and riders will be confirmed on Wednesday morning.
All three races listed have tons of exciting potential, here’s what grabs attention at this early stage.
Dragon Stakes Betting Tip
This 5f dash is another classic sprint race listed with upside potential on the charts.
With 15 riders currently entered, it has the makings of most sprints where an outsider could hack.
The Archie Watson-trained Middleham Park runner has Hollie Doyle on board and even at a hefty price tag would be worth another look with a 123-reading form.
That third-place finish was just two lengths behind the winner in a huge field and was a heavy 40/1 underdog on June 15.
Clearly overpriced for this and could be shorter this time around.
Esher Stakes Betting Tip
The Esher Stakes contain some interesting entries, including Coltrane for Andrew Balding, who won the Ascot Stakes just a few weeks ago.
This class rise and travel drop from 2m4f to 2m is by no means out of his wheelhouse and this latest run is a clear indication that he is on the rise.
Range for in-form coach Ralph Beckett is ranked highest of the field at 115 and seems the obvious cry as the Group 1 winner in France delivers more success in Britain.
The rain during this week will also be a big plus for this horse, who finished more than seven lengths ahead at Ascot in October on good to soft ground.
He’s never done a 2m trip before, but his Group 1 win in France was just short of that distance and even without the ‘D’ on his race card, the trip is ideal.
Coltrane and Scope must be on the shortlist before any expectation.
Gala Stakes betting advice
The feature race, third and final Listed Race on the card on Friday is a 1m2f trip for what should be a large group of 16 riders at this early stage of the week.
This field could be narrowed but should still be incredibly open as top rated horses from fit yards like Addeybb for William Haggas.
Addeybb is ranked 118 and is often seen in Group 1 events, but after a 222-day break he finished six lengths behind Bay Bride at Sandown in May.
The eight-year-old gelding has earned over £3.5m for connections and finished second in the Coral-Eclipse last year at St Mark’s Basilica.
This drop in rank could prove to give Addeybb a huge chance to do it all and is definitely the one to beat.
But one of the younger entries might be looking for an upgrade this time around and Haggas’ other entry, Grocer Jack, looks terrific.
Tom Marquand is on board and showing he could be the team’s favorite thanks to a respectable fourth place at the Grand Prix de Chantilly in early June – it was also over 1m4f on soft ground and a return to good ground and hindsight while traveling should be fine.
Regal Reality came fourth at Royal Ascot in the Wolferton for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore is booked to ride again, bolstering his chances.
John and Thady Gosden’s strike rate is close to 20% before this meeting and sends out Harrovian, who hasn’t been in the winners’ crease as often as they’d like but is still in the mix.
The six-year-old has finished first, second and third four times in his career on flat ground and is relishing that distance.
His gains are however overshadowed by Addeybb and others are favored to pass.
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