Fortune Stakes Runner-By-Runner Preview – Check Out Our In-Depth Look At Sandown’s Feature Race
3:20pm Sandown – Fortune Stakes Runner-By-Runner Preview and Selection
Sandown hosts a competitive seven-race card this Wednesday with the feature race undoubtedly being the Listed Fortune Stakes – a race won in 2019 by subsequent Group 1 winner King Of Change. In anticipation of what promises to be a competitive renewal of this midweek treat, we have produced a runner-by-runner preview of the Fortune Stakes, which includes a predicted race 1-2-3.
1. BRUNCH (T: Michael Dods, J: Rob Hornby)
Progressive handicapper who took the step up into Listed company in his stride when scoring at Pontefract in July (Rhoscolyn second). Failed to beat a rival home on Group race debut in the Strensall Stakes last time, however, and having a penalty to carry on his drop back into this company makes him difficult to fancy here.
2. QAYSAR (T: Richard Hannon, J: Rossa Ryan)
Another who mixes it in both handicaps and pattern contests, but he arrives here badly out of sorts, failing to beat a single rival home in Listed contests at York and Windsor before finishing down the field in the Golden Mile at Goodwood last time. Represents a yard that has won three of the last four renewals of this but on recent form, he faces a mammoth task.
3. ACCIDENTAL AGENT (T: Eve Johnson Houghton, J: Charles Bishop)
Group 1 winner back in 2018 and gained his first win since when taking a Newmarket handicap in July. That form has been franked since, and there was no disgrace in finishing second on unfavourable terms in a conditions race at Haydock last time. Should get a decent pace to aim at here but he is still expected to find at least a couple too good.
4. BELL ROCK (T: Andrew Balding, J: David Probert)
Bombed out in the Royal Hunt Cup but that aside his form figures this season read a more than respectable 1342. Only found the enterprisingly ridden Artistic Rifles too strong in a Haydock Group 3 latest. Dropping into Listed company should suit on the back of that showing, but he still has a little to find to be considered against the best of these.
5. ESCOBAR (T: David O’Meara, J: Adam Kirby)
Useful sort but he brought his losing sequence to twenty-one when going down agonisingly at Goodwood last time. Back into patten company today, but certainly has the form in the book to feature. Likes it here at Sandown (form figures read 27224), and no shock to see him sneak into the placings at an each-way price.
6. SIR BUSKER (T: William Knight, J: Oisin Murphy)
No win this season but he has run well in defeat on a number of occasions, including when third in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Has run well in lesser Group races the last twice, despite seeming to find the drop back to 7f against him at York last time. Dropping further in grade and going back up in trip both look positives here and as such, he rates as the one to beat.
7. MOSTAHDAF (T: John & Thady Gosden, J: Jim Crowley)
Winner of his first three career starts, including a Listed contest over track and trip in May. Has been seen just the once since, beating a single rival home in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. This rates as a more realistic assignment and ground conditions have turned in his favour, but he does come up against some smart rivals.
8. BULLACE (T: Ralph Beckett, J: Hector Crouch)
Had looked progressive prior to struggling in the St James’s Palace Stakes when last seen. He had occupied third behind Mostahdaf over course and distance on his start prior to that and meets that rival on more favourable terms this afternoon, but just a watching brief is advised for now.
9. PEROTTO (T: Marcus Tregoning, J: Jason Watson)
Very progressive in handicaps earlier this season, landing the Brittania Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Arrives here on the back of a creditable run in the Celebration Mile, and this represents a drop-in class from that. Was behind (albeit only narrowly) Sir Busker at Salisbury on his start prior to that, however, and he meets that rival on two-pound worse terms – with the soft ground also a slight concern.
10. RHOSCOLYN (T: David O’Meara, J: James Doyle)
Has proven a shrewd purchase for current connections, joining off a mark of 77 and now finding himself rated just shy of 30lbs higher. Yet to win over a mile but seems to stay the trip fine. Handles soft ground and dangerous to entirely discount, albeit expected to come up short.
BIG RACE VERDICT
A fascinating race in prospect here. Three-year-old’s have a terrific recent record but Posted broke that sequence in 2020 and SIR BUSKER is taken to strike for the older generation in 2021. William Knight’s stable star is winless so far this season, but that is not for the want of trying, with Sir Busker creditably in defeat on a number of occasions, including when third in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. He rates as the one to beat on that running, with ground and trip both fine. Mostahdaf can chase the selection home, having landed a course and distance contest on penultimate start, whilst Escobar can sneak third place, albeit in the process will be bringing his losing run to twenty-two.
- SIR BUSKER