There is a terrific 10f handicap for three-year-olds at Sandown this evening and Sea Sylph (8.10) was drawn thirteen of 13 when runner up over 12f at Kempton last time and ran a cracker before giving way to Frankel’s sister Chiasma inside the final furlong.
The selection – 5/2 with Boylesports – has the worst of the draw again this evening which tempers confidence in the William Haggas trained filly, and she certainly won’t get a soft lead, if Tom Marquand wants to go forward from his wide stall with Stay Well and Remedium two other potential pace angles in the race. The return to 10f looks ideal and after just three career starts, she is open to considerable improvement.
Ravens Ark (8.45) looked in need of a step back up in trip when third at Carlisle over 1m 3f last time and a 2lbs rise looks fair. That said the selection – 2s with BetVictor – is not bred to appreciate this evening’s 1m 6f trip, although it looked like staying was very much his game when he won going away at Brighton from a 6lbs lower mark back in May. Regular pilot Charlie Bennet is replaced by champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
At Bath Clarendon House (3.30) can return to winning ways having ran a cracker when runner up at Newmarket under 10st 1lb at the weekend. The selection – 6/4 with MansionBet – has been raised 3lbs for that effort but can race off his old mark this afternoon and he bounced off the firm ground when scoring over the minimum trip here back in June.
Today’s additional distance ought not be a problem given his breeding although do note this will be his fifth run since the beginning of June. The selection is the only three-year-old in the field and the classic generation have won two of the three renewals of the race. Charlie Bishop takes over in the saddle with James Doyle at Sandown.
In the 7f nursery at Lingfield I hope to see Mayfair Stroll (4.10) improve for the additional furlong on her handicap debut. The top-weight – 11/8 with 10Bet – is improving for his racing and is bred to appreciate the distance although her dam was a winner at the minimum trip. She finished runner up at Brighton last time and the winner – Hannon’s Magic Warrior – ran a good race from a mark of 74 at Haydock last time and is now rated 78.
With that in mind the selection’s opening mark of 65 looks workable and she was doing all her best work late on at Brighton last time.
Grain Of Sense (7.15) is visored for the first time by Ralph Beckett in Leicester’s 12f handicap as he drops back in trip having looked a non-stayer over two miles at Chepstow last time. The selection – 2s with MansionBet – remains a maiden after nine career starts but this trip on fast ground could be his optimum conditions, and he won’t have many better opportunities to break his duck.
Glencora who ran well on ground softer than ideal at Windsor last time. Is the main danger. Her record over a mile-and-a-half on fast ground reads 13 including a C&D success back in June.