There is lots of high class racing on offer for racing fans of both codes this Saturday. The ITV cameras will be at Sandown and show races from Chester and Beverley as well with Group Three and Listed glory to play for. England, Ireland and France all play host to so brilliant racing. Here is your guide to the day’s action…
In England 🏴
The Solario Stakes from Sandown looks to be a race which holds lots of classic clues for the 2019 season. Too Darn Hot looks the standout horse judging by his pedigree and how he won his debut. He did so by seven lengths, beating the first foals of Estimate, who’s foal will need further in time, and Honor Bound, a Oaks Trial winner. He himself is a brother to So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar and his dam was a very good horse. He likes this going and course so is the one to beat and is likely to be very short in the market. Arthur Kitt is somewhat a miracle. His dam, Royal Ascot winner Ceiling Kitty, died whilst giving birth to him and he had to be resuscitated so he would survive. He has had a very good racing career so far and won his maiden nicely before landing the Chesham. He’ll handle the step up to group level and will run Too Darn Hot close as he has lit more experience. Confiding and Dunkerron’s form both entwine as they were both behind Dark Vision last time out in a Group Two. Dunkerron came out on top and has been improving recently but will appreciate the drop in class. He has an interesting pedigree as he is by first season Australian sire Kuroshio. I prefer him to the aforementioned Confiding who has lots of good entries but may struggle to reverse the form. Watan is another leading contender who ran very green on debut but still managed to win. He was second in the Acomb at York and it looks like he will prefer a longer trip in the future as his half brother by Frankel stays one mile six. Victory Command is extremely overpriced and I could see him causing an upset. He’s never been out of the top three on all of his starts and has improved for the step up to seven furlongs. He was a two length winner of a Listed race at Ascot last time out and looks a ridiculous price at 16/1.
Also at Sandown, there is a Group Three for the mares and Veracious, who was third in the Coronation Stakes, takes her chance. She’s the likely favourite and will be hard to beat but Awesometank and Laugh Aloud have good recent form and will go close.
Chester’s feature race is a Listed race over one mile six. Duretto is a very solid Andrew Balding inmate and goes well here. He looks the standout chance but Here And Now won well last time out and could be some value.
Over the jumps, at Newton Abbot, Leapaway looks a very promising horse for Philip Hobbs and the horse is searching for a four timer but he has 12st2lbs to carry so this will be an indication of how good he actually is. If he can pull this off, I’m sure he’ll go in lots of trackers ready for the coming season.
In Ireland 🇮🇪
Two nice two year old Aidan O’Brien in mates are set to run in the two Group Threes for two year olds on the card at the Curragh. Just Wonderful, the filly, is the market leader for the Flame Of Tara. She won on debut, which is sometimes unusual for an Aidan O’Brien horse, but she has since been unplaced when 2/1 favourite in the Albany and third in the Anglesey. She’s likely to like the step up in trip she will face here but she will get a big challenge from Bandivc Eile, who will come on for her second in a group two to Skitter Scatter. The other horse is Ten Sovereigns. He goes in the latter Group Three on the card and makes a lot of appeal after a seven length victory over a twenty five runner field. He is a very exciting prospect but Aidan’s other runner Fantasy will struggle. I fancied Jungle Inthebungle for the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot but he pulled off a shoe and finished down the field and has done on all runs since. If he can channel his form from the pre-Windsor Castle days, he’ll have a chance.
In France 🇫🇷
Windsor Castle winner Soldiers Call lines up in the D’arenberg Group Three race at Chantilly and is the likely favourite. William Haggas and James Tate both have representatives in the race. The former has Queen Of Bermuda. She is a three time winner at the minimum trip and won at Deauville so has a good chance. Second Generation is James Tate’s runner and she won at Windsor last time out but is probably the weakest of the English challengers.