CASH in on BEAT THE BANK in the Bet365 Mile.
Andrew Balding’s star miler has a great record at this Group 2 level and he clearly sets the standard in this Sandown contest.
1.50 SANDOWN: MIGRATION looks to be ready to move up.
He hinted at ability last season and looked to have improved over the winter when putting in by-far his best effort when second behind smart prospect Fox Chairman at Newbury a couple of weeks ago.
There’s substance to that form and my fancy should be even better with that run behind him. A wide draw is not ideal but there is plenty of pace in this race so he should have every chance if ridden from the rear.
Fox Leicester has obvious claims. He had some fair maiden form last year without being able to get his head in front. Winning a four-runner novice race at Chelmsford last month didn’t take much doing but he could easily be well weighted.
2.25 SANDOWN: The Bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes looks Crystal clear.
Last year’s winner CRYSTAL OCEAN went on to finish runner-up in both the King George and the Champion Stakes. That Group 1 form makes him the clear pick today.
Fabricate made Crystal Ocean work when only beaten a short-head in this 12 months ago. He won an ordinary Group 3 at Windsor later in the summer but his limitations were exposed in better races.
Thundering Blue won a York Group 2 last year. He picks up a 3lbs penalty for that success but he showed he has stacks of class when charging home into third behind Roaring Lion in the Juddmonte International. This race might well be needed.
French raider Trais Fluors has won his last two races on the all-weather but he needs to improve on last year’s turf form.
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3.00 SANDOWN: The Bet365 Classic Trial should go with a Bang.
BANGKOK ran well in some hot novice races last season. The step up to 1m2f was always going to help but there was a worry he might not settle when upped in trip.
That’s why his Doncaster maiden win last month was so good. Ridden close to the pace he didn’t have too much trouble seeing off Telecaster with the pair a country mile clear of the rest.
The runner-up won a Windsor novice stakes by nine lengths on his next start so the form has to be decent.
John Gosden is going for an astonishing tenth win in this race. He fires two bullets this time.
Alfaatik did everything wrong on his debut at Chelmsford in December but he was still able to beat stablemate Pianissimo. The runner-up has done little for the form and it’s not exactly encouraging to see Alfaatik wearing blinkers today.
Gosden’s other runner Travel On also won on the all-weather on his latest start. He needs to take a step forward but that is not impossible.
3.35 SANDOWN: BEAT THE BANK grabs my interest in the Bet365 Mile.
He’s unbeaten in three runs at Group 2 level but just seems to fall short of the top milers. Andrew Balding’s ace was not disgraced in the Queen Anne or the Sussex Stakes last summer but there’s little doubt he’s far happier in the slightly calmer waters of today’s grade.
Sharja Bridge is the improver. The way he won a Doncaster Listed prize on his return to action suggested he would be stepping up in class but he still needs to prove he’s up to the job. He was a solid handicapper last season and the jump to this level might not be as big as some would think.
Addeybb won the Lincoln last year before taking this race on his next start. Both those races were on soft ground and he would need plenty of rain to be able to show his best form.
Regal Reality is more interesting. He swooped to beat smart Ostilio in a Group 3 at Goodwood in August. A switch to more prominent tactics didn’t appear to suit him later in the season but he’s still open to stacks of improvement.
1.30 Vision Du Puy
2.05 From Eden
3.15 Got Away
3.45 Load Up Time
4.15 Blue Kascade
4.45 Mam Trasna
1.40 Day Of Glory
2.15 Atalanta’s Boy
2.50 Shades Of Blue
3.55 Canford Bay
5.00 Dream World
2.25 Crystal Ocean
3.35 Beat The Bank (nb)
4.05 Prince Of Rome
4.35 King Power
5.05 Private Secretary (treble)
4.40 Thyne For Gold
5.10 Pink Legend
6.15 Mrs Burbidge
6.50 Legal Eyes (nap)
7.20 Bob Ford
7.50 The Milan Girl
4.50 Day Of Roses
6.25 Barton Knoll
7.00 The Vollan
8.00 Flight To Nowhere