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Thursday’s racing tips – Big race Yankee at Sandown offers huge return

Jonathan Vine 23 May 2019
Regal Reality (near) strikes late to lane the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood.

Our expert takes a look through all of the big races on Brigadier Gerard Stakes day at Sandown and rolls his selections into this Yankee with bet365.

The ITV Racing cameras may not be in attendance this year, but that won’t stop a capacity crowd gathering at Sandown tomorrow for a fantastic evening card. The Brigadier Gerard Stakes is the most prestigious race on the night, with big prize pots on offer in two Listed races and the Henry II Stakes.

Our expert has taken a look at all of the four big races at Sandown tomorrow and rolled his selections into this Yankee with bet365.

Thursday’s Sandown Yankee


6:35pm Matchbook Betting Podcast National Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f


Full Authority looked a class or two above his rivals at Chester, clocking an impressive RPR of 96 during that six-length maiden triumph. Results at Chester, however can often be skewed because of the draw and Full Authority had everything his own way on soft ground he seemed to enjoy. The going will be much firmer at Sandown tomorrow and I think there’s plenty of value in taking the favourite on with PROPER BEAU.

Bryan Smart’s two-year-old also got off the mark at the first time of asking at Musselburgh, touching off favourite Alminoor to snatch a surprise victory. Alminoor has gone on to boost that run significantly by claiming a four-length victory on his second start and Proper Beau could have Full Authority in his pocket after being drawn on his shoulder in stall two.

7:05pm Matchbook VIP Henry II Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m


Magic Circle looked a little lost in the Ormonde Stakes on his reappearance, tackling a trip far too short for his abilities on unfavourably soft ground. Last year’s Henry V II winner should be much more comfortable at Sandown and has a great chance of defending his crown. Yet, I was really pleased to see DEE EX BEE stepped up to two miles on his reappearance and Mark Johnston’s colt could be a Gold Cup contender in the making.

Despite failing to win in eight seasonal starts, 2018 can be regarded as a successful year for Dee Ex Be. Johnston watched his colt place in the Derby at Epsom and finish a strong fourth in the St Leger, outlining his possible future as a stand-out stayer. Dee Ex Bee comfortably dealt with the likes of Raymond Tusk, Weekender and Cleonte on his first start over two miles in the Sagaro Stakes and there seems to be plenty of improvement left to come over staying trips.

7:35pm Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f


This might be the namesake race on this stacked evening card, but this year’s Brigadier Gerard Stakes looks decidedly weak. Here Comes When is a different horse on soft ground and Matterhorn still has something to prove on turf. Elwazir beat Cross Counter in a handicap last season and could be a danger, but the decision to step REGAL REALITY up in trip looks a sensible one and he could be the one to beat.

Sir Michael Stoute’s hit the headlines at Glorious Goodwood last season, picking off Ostilio at the head of affairs to win the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes. Regal Reality hasn’t been able to recapture than winning feeling in three high-profile appearance since, but Stoute’s charge has shaped like he would appreciate more than a mile for a while now and ran with great credit when third in the bet365 Mile on his reappearance here at Sandown. 

8:10pm Matchbook Low Commission Exchange Heron Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m


For me, this renewal of the Heron Stakes could prove to be the rest of the day and I’d be surprised if three or four of this lot didn’t make the step up to Grouped races after running at Sangown. 

Sangarious has the class to carry a penalty here and Raakib Alhawa must have some serious talent, seeing as he was thrown straight into a Group One on just his second two-year-old start. Both, however, are yet to appear this term and could be lacking a little for race-fitness.

Walkinthesand is a horse I really like but I’m not sure the decision to drop back to a mile, after running on so well to take second behind UAE Jewel, is a positive move. King Of Comedy looks open to improvement, but I’m not prepared to give up on DARK VISION (NAP) just yet and Sandown could be a course that plays to his strengths.

After storming to a superb victory in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, Godolphin opened their chequebooks to purchase Mark Johnston’s colt and many were predicting Dark Vision to be a leading player in this year’s 2000 Guineas. Sadly, that high-profile flop in the Champagne Stakes has started a sequence of poor results and, after finishing a tailed-off 12th the Guineas, Dark Vision has dropped down to a mark of just 106.

That may have been a poor display, but is quite a sharp drop in class for a horse with oodles of ability. Ground and trip will be ideal and, if any course is going to help[p Dark Vision recapture memories of Glorious Goodwood, it’s this track at Sandown. A return to winning ways would be most welcome.


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Thursday’s racing tips – Big race Yankee at Sandown offers huge return

Our expert takes a look through all of the big races on Brigadier Gerard Stakes day at Sandown and rolls his selections into this Yankee with bet365 on Thursday 23rd May

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