Sandown Scurry Stakes Day Betting Tips
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Sandown Scurry Stakes Day Betting Tips

There s plenty of racing action this Saturday afternoon and some decent fare on offer, despite the proximity to Royal Ascot kick-starting next Tuesday. The Listed Scurry Stakes is the feature race on Sandown's seven-race offering (1.05pm-4.35pm) and The Racing Post bring you their betting tips and analysis of the day's action at the Esher venue.




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1.05pm - Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Handicap (7f)

A promising 3YO handicap gets the action started at Sandown and, despite others having a fitness edge, this might be a prize that's within the grasp of RUN TO FREEDOM. Henry Candy's Muhaarar colt progressed in three runs last year, getting on the scoresheet in the third of those at Kempton over this trip in December.

That form has worked out rather well, with runner-up Highland Avenue winning his next three - including a Listed Newmarket race in April - after they finished some four-lengths clear of everything else. There were two more next-time-out winners in the field at Kempton and an opening mark of 88 is within the compass of this possibly smart colt. If he's tuned up, he should be going close.

Zoffarelli is the other contender back from a break. Ralph Beckett's gelding had figures of 22212 last season and boasts the best turf form, though ground as quick as is forecast here is an unknown factor. He, too, commands a close look in the betting.

Bonnyrigg is also a gelded son of Zoffany and scored last month at Brighton over a mile, he can improve again for Andrew Balding and will test the readiness of the aforementioned duo.

Tornadic has been well held in one-mile runs at Musselburgh and Newmarket this season but he's dropping in class/trip for this contest and has been cut some slack by the assessor too, Eve Johnston-Houghton's should soon get back on the right track and was perhaps a bit keen in those previous races, giving him some trouble seeing the mile out.

Selection: Run To Freedom

Next Best: Tornadic

 

1.35pm - Coral Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (5f)

This is as puzzling as any race on the card this afternoon and the betting should reflect the wide open nature of the race. Cases can be made for many but SHECANDOO is given a chance to make up for last weekend's near miss on the turf track at Lingfield.

The Toronado filly had to pick her way between rivals in the closing stages of that race under William Buick and they were rattling home fastest of all, only to be denied by a diminishing head on the post.

She's going in against classier rivals here but the four-year-old consequently has a featherweight on her back and George Rooke can further ease the burden by 3lb. She's been a consistent presence in low-grade all-weather sprints in recent months and is having only her third turf start now, so there's still scope for better than her current rating in this sphere and she should be an each-way price in this grade.

Vandad has finished second in both starts at Lingfield (5f, AW) since joining Michael Attwater. The Dandy Man gelding should again fire his hat into the ring, though he's now a 16-race maiden and he, too, rises in class switches to the turf.

Kendergarten Kop has won three times at Brighton (6f-1m) since April - dead-heated this month over six-furlongs - and should again be in the mix having gone up another 4lb for that effort.

Praxeology won at Southwell in April on the Fibresand and has run good races in this grade on all three turf starts since. David Loughnane's been waiting a while for a winner, but his string are generally running to form.

Another that perhaps will be underestimated in the betting is former C&D scorer Seneca Chief for the Kubler team. He enjoyed a progressive time in 2020, winning twice on the all-weather before his August win here (good).

He failed to shine on softer ground here later that same month but he's had only three turf runs and has gone well off a break in the past. He's relatively low-mileage for a seven-year-old and there should be races for him to win this summer.

Selection: Shecandoo

Next Best: Seneca Chief

2.15 - Coral 'Beaten By A Length' Free Bet Scurry Stakes (Listed, 5f)

Atalis Bay is the form-horse coming into this Scurry Stakes. Marco Botti's colt has won four-from-eight to this point in his career and he began this season with a fast-ground Nottingham handicap success on April off a mark of 97.

He's essentially built on that in finishing clear second-best behind Winter Power in a York Listed contest since - with that rival amongst the leading contenders for Group 1 glory at Royal Ascot next week. No shocks then if Atalis Bay is best of these, but there are dangers aplenty.

Slow ground wouldn't have aided the cause of Steel Bull on his Naas return last month. Last summer's impressive Molecomb Stakes winner is respected on faster ground. A tongue-tie goes on for the first time here and the Irish raider is a player at his best.

First Edition and Dense Star are other solid options that should give their best but both WARRIOR BRAVE and Queens Carriage strike as improving performers.

The Irish filly won on testing ground at Fairyhouse on her seasonal bow, form franked since by the runner-up, and she's sure to progress again in the coming months. She isn't bypassed easily but Mick Appleby and Silvestre De Sousa have decent claims with Goodwood winner Warrior Brave.

He was behind Atalis Bay at Nottingham in April but had excuses, trying to make up ground late and meeting some trouble. The first-time cheekpieces he wore at Goodwood had a positive effect and are retained now and this track should lend itself to his style of racing. He has ground to make up on the market leader, but it's probable we haven't yet seen the best of him.

Selection: Warrior Brave

Next Best: Atalis Bay

 

2.50 - Play Coral 'Racing-Super-Series' For Free Handicap (1m)

After a winning all-weather return in April at Lingfield over 7f, KING'S KNIGHT has run two good races since at Goodwood and Chester back on grass.

He's crept up in the ratings for those efforts but looks sure to run his race now tackling the mile again, with this representing an easier assignment on paper a fortnight on from that Chester run behind a pair of thriving rivals in Boardman and Ejtilaab (won at Epsom last weekend).

Given that he's got form at this distance, Charlie Hills' Dark Angel colt must be a massive player again.

Latest Generation showed plenty promise last season, winning a Doncaster maiden over this distance on second start. His Newmarket Group 3 disappointment came on soft ground. He was well held at Newbury in a conditions race on his comeback but could offer more now going into a handicap for the first time for the Simon & Ed Crisford team.

Buxted Too ran a cracker at 40/1 when second over C&D in April and his more recent run here came on ground softer than optimal. He could go well again here for place money.

Dogged, meanwhile, should be sharper for the comeback run at Newmarket and joins Trais Fluors on the extended shortlist, with Mick Channon's charge sliding down the ratings and better suited back on quick ground now.

Selection: King's Knight

Next Best: Buxted Too

3.25 - Coral Handicap (1m1f)

A trio of last-time-out winners line-up here and each KING OF CLUBS, Ensured and Arqoob must be considered.

Ensured was a wide-margin winner over an extra furlong here last month, coming through from rear to pull right away. That was on soft ground however and an opening mark of 90 poses a question alongside the prospect of this much faster surface.

Arqoob meanwhile gained his first win at the fifth attempt and did so in fairly ready fashion at Yarmouth (1m, good to firm) on the first day of the month. William Jarvis' gelding has scope for better moving into handicaps up in trip and will handle conditions.

Preference is still reserved for Hughie Morrison's Intello colt King Of Clubs. He improved off a short break to be only narrowly denied at Nottingham (1m½f, good to firm) in April - his first turf run - and that form was held up by the winner Sir Rumi making a winning h'cap bow at Haydock in midweek.

King Of Clubs meanwhile easily trumped his rivals to win a maiden over the same Nottingham C&D 25 days ago. Another making his handicap bow, he's got Ryan Moore assisting now and look sure to make his mark on this event.

Selection: King Of Clubs

Next Best: Ensured

 

4.00 - Coral Proud Supporter Of British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes (1m2f)

Most of these have enjoyed a run or two and shown enough promise therein to be of interest. With the William Haggas team flying, it's worth siding with CANDLEFORD to step forward on last month's debut in a 1m2f Newbury maiden. He was easy to back there and finished fifth of six but the form is rather promising.

The winner won again next time on the all-weather at Kempton, while second home Mojo Star was the 50/1 runner-up in last weekend's Epsom Derby. This Kingman colt is bred to be decent and can make his first mark here.

Khaiz is a brother of the mighty Ghaiyyath and cost connections 700,000 gns as a foal. The Dubawi colt was a little underwhelming in his Doncaster bow over this trip in March but trainer Charlie Appleby now has his team in red-hot form and he should figure prominently.

Betty Crean L A showed lots of promise on debut when second at Newbury over this trip in April and last month's soft-ground odds-on defeat at Salisbury is likely best forgotten.

She's not dismissed and the market vibes relating to Poet Of Life, a Frankel colt representing John & Thady Gosden on racecourse bow, should be noted too.

Selection: Candleford

Next Best: Khaiz

4.35 - Coral Backing Prostate Cancer UK Handicap (1m6f)

A stayers contest to round off the card. Leoncavallo was beaten a nose in this last year on his first run for David Pipe and he went on to enjoy a chase success at Stratford and Haydock flat win over this trip before ending his season with a creditable sixth in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

He was in good tune over hurdles in the spring and has undergone a wind op since. That Cesarewitch run offers hope he can win from a mark of this ilk and the booking of James Doyle is major plus.

Sulochana is 2-2 this season, winning at Salisbury and Nottingham over this distance. She's up in the ratings and rising in class but Ryan Moore takes over on Hughie Morrison's Lope De Vega filly and it would be dangerous to discount the likely market leader.

A good test of stamina will suit TIGERTEN. The James Tuite-trained four-year-old ran a fine second last month at Goodwood (2m, soft) behind progressive East Asia (convincing winner again since) and could have plenty to offer here getting weight from the field.

His best effort last year came on good ground, so this faster surface shouldn't be a deterrent and he's only been nudged up 2lb for that effort three weeks ago.

Selection: Tigerten

Next Best: Leoncavallo

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