Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes Preview (Haydock 3.45)
There are 10 declared runners for this prestigious Group 2 contest, but the small but select field should provide an interesting contest.
It’s no surprise to see Henry Candy’s smart colt installed as a short-priced favourite and he should prove difficult to beat, though the mention of the word soft in the going description would cast a slight shadow over him. He’s now won 5 in a row and could take the step-up from group 3 to group 2 in his stride. However, his stable haven’t had a winner from their last 25 runners, stretching back to the 2nd May.
Won’t mind any softening of the ground and was a close runner-up in a group 2 contest last time out. Looks a rock solid alternative to the favourite having won over course and distance, but Limato did give him 9lb and one and a half length beating last time they met.
The in-form William Haggas send his charge into battle for the third time against Limato, but he’s previously finished over 3-lengths behind him on both occasions. Yet to run on ground with cut in it – and the jury is out to whether he can improve for it.
Would definitely relish soft ground judged on his group 2 win in last years Mill Reef Stakes, and his price would tumble if the rain comes.
Salt Island 12/1
The most unexposed of the runners, but finished well behind Adaay when they met. Chance probably hinges on the current good form of the stable improving him, and others underperforming.
It’s really hard to make a case for the others 5 runners who are all rated at least 11lb lower than Limato.
Free Horse Racing Tip
Though Limato has the potential to become the best sprinter in the country, the current form of his stable and the cut in the ground make me want to oppose him. With Mattmu proven over course and distance, on any ground, and is the second best horse on ratings – he looks a rock solid each-way alterative.
Mattmu @ 9/2 (Bet365) 1/4 odds 1-2-3
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