August 20 / 17.45 Sandown

17.45

Good

Sky Bet Sunday Series Mile Handicap

  • Prize money: £20616
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Sky Bet Sunday Series Mile Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 28-014 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row over C&D last year (good to firm/good; including this race) and back on the scoresheet at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) in June; fair fourth of 12 at Ascot (1m, good) since and he may be able to build on that latest performance now back here; unproven on slow ground.
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6th

8

(4)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Island Bandit

8st 7lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

took keen hold, prominent, in touch with leaders after 4f

10/1

2nd

4

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 3

17:55 Newmarket

Island Bandit

9st 7lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

Fairly useful 1m handicapper; successful at Goodwood and Sandown this summer but was held off this career-high mark last time; bit to prove back up in trip and others may prove better treated.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £7.40

Form: 5-0619 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Improved for step up to 1m to win at Salisbury (good to firm) in June and reportedly unsuited by good to soft ground at Newmarket latest; unexposed at 1m and this 3yo could be a player if conditions are in his favour.
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8th

3

(6)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:10 Ascot

Bluelight Bay

9st 11lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

in touch with leaders, weakened from 2f out

8/1

15/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 213022 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and he's been a good second on his first two starts for this yard (1m, good to soft/soft); there's every chance he'll be in the mix.
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0

5

(8)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Multiple winner for Keith Dalgleish and was rated higher in his prime; has form figures of 2234 for new stable and again has frame possibilities; scored over C&D in 2022.

7/1

4th

5

(3)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and has form figures of 223 for his current yard; this return to Tapeta is no problem and he has each-way claims again.

4/1

3rd

7

(11)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and he's been a good second on his first two starts for this yard (1m, good to soft/soft); there's every chance he'll be in the mix.

15/2

Form: 20-156 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Below par at Newmarket last time but the hood adopted that day is now left off, and he'd previously run two good races in a row over this C&D, with a win and a good fifth of 15 (the latter on stable debut); not ruled out.
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3rd

1

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Sandown

Indemnify

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Won a 1m handicap here (good ground) in May on his final start for Roger Varian and has shaped well back here (1m again) on two of his three subsequent starts for current yard; may need to get the breaks from the inside stall but he's one to be interested in from his mark and the drop to 7f shouldn't pose a problem for one who tends to race freely.

5/1

4th

6

(2)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Indemnify

9st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Below par at Newmarket last time but the hood adopted that day is now left off, and he'd previously run two good races in a row over this C&D, with a win and a good fifth of 15 (the latter on stable debut); not ruled out.

11/1

6th

5

(10)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket (July)

Indemnify

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Unexposed 4yo who won twice for Roger Varian, the latest on his Sandown reappearance (1m, good; first start since being gelded) in May; not beaten far into fifth of 15 on stable debut over the same C&D (good to firm) a fortnight ago, but needs to find a bit more from the same mark; hood given a go; yard also runs Maysong.

8/1

7/1

Form: 040979 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Hasn't been at his best this season but he hasn't run badly in hot handicaps the last twice and he continues to drop down the weights; back down in grade today and could be involved.
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3rd

1

(7)

14th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 4

20:00 Ayr

Orbaan

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

in touch with leaders, headway when switched right and went third over 1f out, kept on final 110yds

4/1

3rd

1

(7)

14th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 4

20:00 Ayr

Orbaan

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

in touch with leaders, headway when switched right and went third over 1f out, kept on final 110yds

4/1

6th

1

(7)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Orbaan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Unexposed on the AW and well treated on the pick of his turf form (last win came from 8lb higher), but unplaced in his last 14 starts despite a sliding mark and returns from six months off; others preferred.

7/1

Form: 733035 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Has run well in defeat more often than not this year (various ground), most recently fifth of 17 at Goodwood when denied a clear run from the back of the pack; this stiff finish should play to his strengths; respected.
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2nd

7

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Metal Merchant

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Ascot classified win (1m, good) last October is a solid piece of form; gelded prior to landing the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; off 5lb lower) on reappearance, beating Godwinson by half a length; looks set for a productive campaign and warrants respect.

9/2

2nd

7

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Metal Merchant

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Ascot classified win (1m, good) last October is a solid piece of form; gelded prior to landing the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; off 5lb lower) on reappearance, beating Godwinson by half a length; looks set for a productive campaign and warrants respect.

9/2

Form: 503174

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
His performances can be up and down and he needs to produce more than he's managed the last twice, but he made all at Epsom (1m, good to firm) in June and is capable of a bold bid if reproducing that form.
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5th

4

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 3

16:00 Epsom

Austrian Theory

9st 9lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Generally disappointing since bagging a good prize here (8.5f, good to firm) on Oaks day in June but is 1lb below that mark now and took good step back in right direction when fourth at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) ten days ago; can't be ruled out.

7/1

4th

4

(3)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Austrian Theory

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

All wins at 7f-8.5f on good to firm, the most recent off 1lb higher at Epsom in June; largely below that form since and has a question to answer back up in distance.

12/1

10th

5

(8)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:35 Chester

Austrian Theory

9st 3lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

midfield

12/1

Form: 110073 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row on AW earlier this year and was a very close third back on AW last time; he's 8lb lower now reverting to turf but his claims aren't particularly compelling judged on this year's grass form.
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5th

1

(7)

31st Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:54 Lingfield (AW)

Alrehb

9st 10lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Began 2023 with a pair of AW wins, notably the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton (RPR 106); also ran a fine race at Newcastle in June (1m) and this month's fifth in a 1m Listed race at Kempton was another fair effort; stamina for today's trip not assured but he won't be far away if it sparks anything extra from him.

8/1

5th

2

(5)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Alrehb

9st 6lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Won twice on the AW earlier in the year but very patchy in the meantime; others have less to prove.

16/1

6th

4

(5)

8th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Alrehb

9st 1lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Won two in a row on AW earlier this year but has a very mixed record since his last success and was only eighth of 11 at Sandown (behind Bluelight Bay) last time; that was after a break but he's now 0-9 on turf and others are more convincing.

16/1

Form: 1-2923 D BF

Last run: 58 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Has climbed the weights without winning this year but has twice been a good second (1m, good/AW) and was fair third of six at Goodwood (1m, good) latest; this 3yo remains open to further progress; unproven on slow ground.
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11th

1

(6)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:25 Southwell (AW)

Acotango

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Harry Charlton

Two starts on the AW have resulted in a narrow win at Kempton (1m, Polytrack) and a narrow defeat here (1m); has run well fresh before so the 221-day absence not the end of the world, but whether this short a trip will suit remains to be seen.

11/2

11th

1

(6)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:25 Southwell (AW)

Acotango

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Harry Charlton

Two starts on the AW have resulted in a narrow win at Kempton (1m, Polytrack) and a narrow defeat here (1m); has run well fresh before so the 221-day absence not the end of the world, but whether this short a trip will suit remains to be seen.

11/2

50/1

Form: -12110 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Four dirt wins in UAE between last December and this March but, following a break, he was tailed off at Newmarket (1m, good) last month when back on turf and failing to settle; has plenty to prove.
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No Results Found
OUR TIP
11th
2 (1)

3/1

Form: 323662 C

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Beaten on his last 19 starts going back to October 2020 but has run several big races in the meantime, most recently second of 15 over C&D in a better race than this; has the same mark today and holds leading claims.
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No Results Found

Non-runners

Shimmering Sands

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £147.10
Straight Forecast £145.28
Tricast £1080.62
Trifecta £1169.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ouzo

TOPSPEED:

Metal Merchant

Daily Mirror:

Acotango

Daily Record:

Island Bandit

NEWMARKET:

Alrehb

The Sun:

Orbaan

RP RATINGS:

What's The Story

Telegraph:

Metal Merchant

D Express:

Metal Merchant

POSTDATA:

Ouzo

The Times:

Ouzo

Daily Mail:

Ouzo

The Star:

Ouzo