NEWMARKET trainer John Gosden is the man to beat at the moment and looks set for another successful weekend following his one-two in the Ebor at York last Saturday.
The Group 3 Solario Stakes is Sandown’s feature race tomorrow (Saturday) and his TOO DARNED HOT could prove to be too darned good and follow up on her recent maiden win at the track.
The well-bred brother to top fillies So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar hit all the right notes on his debut when he eased clear after being asked to quicken.
He showed a lot of natural ability and pace that day, which suggests the drop back in trip from a mile will not be a problem and connections believe he is a possible Classic contender for next year. ARTHUR KITT has not raced since landing the Chesham at Royal Ascot and Tom Dascombe’s juvenile also makes plenty of appeal here.
Old stager MOVE IN TIME - a 14 /1 shot with Carrigill’s - can turn back the clock in the 5f opening sprint at 1.50. His last appearance when stepped up to 6f clearly didn’t suit and he was given a terrible ride by a local jockey in a valuable contest at The Curragh on the last day of June.
Paul Midgley’s 10-year-old was then short of room when finishing second to Watchable at Pontefract and could strike here.
Later in the day it’s worth taking a market check on David Barron’s CLON COULIS who is making her debut in group company in the Atalanta Stakes.
TAKE COVER is generally at his best in the autumn and will be looking to fire home again for the second consecutive year in the Listed Beverley Bullet (2.45), where there’s likely to be a fierce pace if recent York winner EL ASTRONAUTE turns up for John Quinn.
The draw will play a key part and a favourable low number stall position for MR LUPTON should also put him in the mix.
He’s the joint second-highest rated runner in the race at 1lb behind TAKE COVER and looks too big at 6s.
FINAL VENTURE was very well fancied by connections for the 5 1/2 furlong sprint the opening day of the Ebor meeting but he used up too much energy in the early stages having jumped out awkwardly before tiring to finish a neck second, and if the ground remains good he will also be a contender.
The track should also be much more to the looking of JUDICIAL as four of his last five wins have been at courses with stiff uphill finishes, and if TAKE COVER gets company up front it could set things up for a closer.
MITCHUM SWAGGER can prove that he can walk the walk in the Chester handicap over 7 1/2 f at 2.05.
The six-year-old joined Ralph Beckett earlier this year and made an eye-catching debut for his new yard staying on for third in the Lincoln behind Addeybb and last week’s York winner Lord Glitters.
Both have since graduated from handicap company and on the face of it there’s nothing to stand in the way of a horse on a mark of 105 which is 7lb behind his peak.