Wednesday’s racing tips – 5/2 NAP to claim fame and Fortune at Sandown
Our expert takes a look through all of Wednesday’s races and picks out a strong challenger in the Listed feature at Sandown as his NAP of the day with Mr Green.
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3:25pm Sandown Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) 1m
There are some really interesting runners returning to action after log lay-offs in this year’s Fortune Stakes, the most intriguing of those being Last Winter. A runner-up in the 2018 Sun Mett during his time in South Africa, This six-year-old will be having his first start for Sir Michael Stoute here at Sandown.
Wootton hasn’t been seen since running three times at Meydan during the winter and he too is a classy performer to be expected. They will, however, be stretched to their fullest extent by King Of Change, who has been drawn perfectly to cut out the running in stall one.
Richard Hannon’s favourite has also been off the track for a while, having not run since crying odds of 66/1 to second in the 2000 Guineas. There was a clear bias on the track that day, with King Of Change and winner, Magna Grecia coming down the fastest segment of the track, but it is still the clear form-line in the race.
Whether he will be able to recreate that run, after almost 140 days off the track, is debateable and I fancy TURGENEV, who ran a lovely race at Goodwood last time out, may run down the favourite in the closing stages.
After a couple of decent performances over ten furlongs, John Gosden decided to drop his three-year-old back to a mile at Royal Ascot. Frankie Dettori, looking for his fifth victory on the bounce, pushed for home a little too early in the Britannia and Turgenev was ran down by Biometric in the final furlong.
Turgenev was then fancied by many to win the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes, but faded badly from the front and finished fourth behind Duke Of Hazzard. A change of tactic and the fitting of cheek-pieces then brought around a much better performance in a classy renewal of the Celebration Mile at Goodwood, where Turgenev looked to be coming with a composed, winning run, only to be denied again by Duke Of Hazzard.
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have a strong record here at Sandown this season and Turgenev took very kindly to a similar track to this in Goodwood last time out. From stall three, he should be able to latch onto the coattails of King Of Change and a late push from Dettori could be enough to seal victory.