The 2020 Atalanta Stakes takes place over a mile at Sandown Racecourse on Sunday 23 August. This Group 3 race is restricted to filles and mares and has attracted a field of 10 runners. It looks a great opportunity for the 1,000 Guineas Quadrilateral to get her head back in front, with the drop-in-class expected to suit Roger Charlton’s runner.
Rated 114, Quadrilateral has plenty in hand of the other three 3-year-olds in the line-up, with Indie Angel rated just 92, while Stylistique and Onassis are rated just 98 and 99. The 4-year-old Romola has also yet to break the 100 barrier, despite winning a Listed Race last time.
Maamora was rated just 88 when winning a handicap over course and distance last season. She has run creditably in Group 2 races since but has still only earned a rating of 102. Lavendar’s Blue was rated just 99 when winning the 2019 edition of the Atalanta Stakes but the formbook suggests she won’t be suited by the good-to-soft ground as much this year.
Lady Bowthorpe is a hard horse to weigh-up, as she looked mightily impressive when winning a Group 3 by over four-lengths at Ascot last time. But she had previously been beaten by Romola and was beaten in a handicap at Sandown last season off a mark of just 78.
That suggests Billesdon Brook should be the biggest danger to our selection. This former 1,000 Guineas winner ran a cracking race to just be pipped by Nazeef last time, but that race was at her beloved Newmarket, and she may not be as good at Sandown. The form of the Richard Hannon stable is also a worry.
Quadrilateral looked to have the potential to be a world-beater at the beginning of the season and, while she’s not looked that in finishing third in two Group 1s so far this season, this is a significant drop-in-class. The winners of both those races have also franked the form in Group 1s since and the softer ground should be in her favour. The stable of Roger Charlton has also been sending out a steady stream of winners. 3-year-olds also have a great record in the Atalanta Stakes, having won 12 of the last 14 renewals, and Quadrilateral looks by far the best of the four runners from the Classic generation.
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Both Teams To Score (Yes)
1pt Win @ 1.68 Unibet, Betway
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Over 2.5 Goals
1pt Win @ 2.05 BetVictor, BoyleSports
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