Sandown betting tips: Keep Enemy close

A frustrating day for the in-form Steven Dowler on Thursday who nailed the Place 6 in his Ripon preview but his Syndicate didn’t fill. He returns to tackle the Boosted £5,000 Place 6 on Friday and is determined to go back to back. Read on for his Sandown betting tips and please join his Syndicate.


Sandown betting tips


12.35 – Maiden Stakes – 5f 

POLITICS ran well to finish second on debut for Andrew Balding having been slowly away from the stalls. This race isn’t any easier, but he’s open to improvement and has an excellent chance of going one better.

PURE DREAMER finished sixth on debut at Newbury over six-furlongs, so the drop in trip to five looks a shrewd move by connections as he showed a lot of pace that day and is expected to make his presence felt at this level.

DARK ILLUSION could only finish seventh on debut, and is another dropping back to the minimum distance. The yard does well at this track and being their only runner on today’s card, he makes appeal with improvement to come.



13.10 – Nursery – 5f 

This looks a hot race for its grade, therefore, preference is for HOLWAH who finished a close-up third over C&D a few weeks ago. The form has worked out nicely with the winner and second subsequently winning again since which gives him huge credentials of getting off the mark for his in-form handler and rider.

Meanwhile, Marcus Tregoning’s PEROTTO ran well to finish third on debut behind Qaader before comfortably beating a now 87-rated horse at Goodwood next time out. His second behind Zamaani should be acknowledged given the winner hampered him badly inside the final furlong, yet to his credit, he stayed on all the way to the line. This is easier, so from a form perspective, he has major claims.



13.45 – Handicap – 5f

Another typically-competitive sprint race on this afternoon’s card.

I think the value in the race lies with the Mick Appleby-trained GARSMAN who has stepped on the gas in 2020, winning three times along with placing second three times from seven outings. In fact, his last four efforts have been on good to firm ground (today’s ground similar) which have yielded figures of 1, 2, 2, and 2. He wasn’t beaten far off this mark last time out when slightly hampered inside the final furlong and with Cieren Fallon remaining on board who rides this track, this consistent three-year-old looks set to go well again.

PINK SANDS looked badly in need of her reappearance when third at Yarmouth when last seen. The drop back to five-furlongs looks a positive move here having bolted up over the trip two starts ago by three lengths and if ridden forward again, she could lead this field a merry dance being one of the least exposed in the line-up for the Tom Marquand and William Haggas combination.



14.20 – Maiden Stakes – 1m 

Not a lot to gauge on here with the majority of the field yet to even run. Having said that, a lot of the big stable’s cross swords here and SYMBOLIC POWER could be above average based on his breeding. Charlie Appleby and William Buick are in red-hot form and this colt could continue the fine run of form.

Tom Marquand looks a significant booking aboard the Michael Meade debutant LONE EAGLE. The son of Galileo could be ready for this, so he shouldn’t be discounted at a fair price, especially knowing the yard can ready one first time up.

Of those with experience, RECOVERY RUN has finished second on both races to date and was only just touched off by a neck last time out at Chelmsford. He does come up against some fairly interesting newcomers, but his experience and with Oisin Murphy in the saddle makes him a banker for place purposes.



14.55 – Handicap – 1m

A pretty weak-race, but clear preference is for Andrew Balding’s MON CHOIX who could just be one step ahead of the handicapper. He had previously ran well on the AW without winning before turning a 1-mile contest at Windsor into a procession when winning by eight-lengths eased down. Today’s race looks relatively weaker, so in theory, he should have too much class for this lot under Oisin Murphy.

Looking at those at towards the backend of the market, both CASEMENT and QUARRY BEACH have gone close to winning at this track off similar marks previously, and if either decide to put there best foot forward, then they are both capable of getting involved at the business end of this weak contest with conditions to suit. None of the remainder make much appeal to be honest.



15.30 – Handicap – 1m1f

Just the six runners go to post for this fiercely-competitive handicap. ENEMY sets a high standard having achieved good figures on all four starts for connections. I’m inclined to believe he’s capable of Group-level form at some stage, but for now, he has every chance of conceding weight to this field with course form, Royal Ascot form and consistent speed figures to his name, making him the one beat.

The other one I like is the Ian Williams-trained KINGBROOK who has a very good each-way chance. His four runs so far have been well-advertised since, and his fitness shouldn’t be of any concern given he went close to winning on debut last year. Jim Crowley is a significant jockey booking and I feel as though the bookmakers have underestimated this son of Kingman.



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