Sandown Scurry Stakes Day Preview
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Sandown Scurry Stakes Day Preview

Sandown Park hosts the Scurry Stakes on Saturday afternoon, a Listed sprint over the famous flying five-furlongs at the Esher venue. That's the headline act on a seven-race card at Sandown which runs from 1.40pm-5.10pm and the Racing Post bring you their preview for all the action.


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1.40pm - Coral 'Beaten-By-A-Length' Free Bet Handicap (1m1f)

Plenty of these are in form, amongst them Two Tempting (second here over a mile last month) and lightly-raced Haydock mile handicap winner Aldhaja. The latter certainly could have more to offer for Charlie Hills having gone up 3lb.

Maplewood is one of two Godolphin contenders and is worth his place for Charlie Appleby but preference goes to NIGHT OF LUXURY for Saeed bin Suroor and Pat Cosgrave. The gelding was making his turf/handicap debut at Leicester (1m2f, soft) 10 days ago and he was well on top at the finish. He, too, is 3lb higher and looks capable of better yet.

Sanitiser and Vee Sight have the form to be involved and with both returning from absences, any market clues in regards to their claims will be useful.

Selection: Night Of Luxury

Next Best: Aldhaja

 

2.15pm - Coral Play 'Racing-Super-Series' For Free Handicap (1m)

It's four years since Via Serendipity won this race for Stuart Williams but he's within 1lb of that mark now and his most recent start for Charlie Fellowes was a fair run at Windsor. He's got the excellent Harry Davies taking 5lb off here and should give a good account.

Top-weight Ouzo left Richard Hannon over the winter and almost made a winning start/seasonal bow for Jamie Osborne over C&D late last month, showing a pleasing attitude late on. He'll be in the firing line with a replication here.

Encouraged has won his last two on the all-weather and doesn't mind some cut in the ground racing back on the grass. James Fanshawe's 4YO has scope for better on only his fifth start in this country and could well be good enough to bring up a hat-trick.

At the early odds, EMPIRESTATEOFMIND is just preferred. A soft-ground mile winner at Ripon in April, he ran well enough in fourth off this mark at York three weeks ago and has solid each-way claims in his current mood for John Quinn and Jamie Spencer.

Selection: Empirestateofmind

Next Best: Encouraged

 

2.50pm - Coral Scurry Stakes (Listed, 5f)

Live In The Dream turns out here a week on from his run in the Epsom Dash. The Adam West-trained runner failed in his hat-trick quest there. He was out fast, as is his wont, and put up a decent effort despite becoming a little unbalanced by the camber late on, finishing fifth.

Impressive in a handicap over C&D in April (off 84) he comes back here with an eye on dominating the race from the front again but he may struggle to repel CATURRA.

Clive Cox's Mehmas colt was second in a French Group 3 on his seasonal bow in April and then a three-length fifth in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good) last month. He was closing on the principles in that contest only to be denied racing room late on and, with this ease in grade very much in his favour, last year's Flying Childers winner should put his head in front for the first time this season despite carrying a penalty.

Hamilton Conditions winner Mitbaahy had plenty in hand when notching that win in Scotland at the start of May and isn't dismissed. He has a verdict over Attagirl on his record already and with this race coming quite soon for Live In The Dream, Roger Varian's colt might well emerge as the main threat to Caturra.

Selection: Caturra

Next Best: Mitbaahy

 

3.25pm - Watch Racing Online Free With Coral Handicap (5f)

Lordsbridge Boy only found one too strong at Windsor last month over this trip and a 2lb rise in the ratings looks fair for William Knight's challenger. He should lay down his challenge once more, and he makes more appeal than Celsius - a winner at Ascot for Tom Clover in April.

That was his first win since June 2020 and the handicapper has raised him 5lb. The form has a rather mixed look about it since so Jack Mitchell's partner needs to prove he can do it again as he carries top weight in this very competitive field.

FANTASY MASTER made a pleasing start having joined Darryll Holland over the winter as he finished third at Nottingham (5f, good) last month. He recovered well from a tardy start there and has been eased 2lb, so he's got decent claims if getting away on terms with David Egan taking over in the saddle and a pair of cheekpieces back on this afternoon. Some cut in the ground favours him and he is now below his previous win-mark.

Good Earth has been busy over the last while, with figures of 52312 since returning to the turf in April. The win came over 6f at Catterick in late May and, under a 5lb penalty, he put up a good show there soon after. He should be competitive too with Saffie Osborne claiming 3lb off his back.

Selection: Fantasy Master

Next Best: Lordsbridge Boy

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4.00pm - Coral Proud Supporter Of British Racing Handicap (7f)

Winner of a 7f Newcastle maiden in April on the back of a wind operation, GOLDEN VOICE could not have gone any closer on handicap bow since at York over a mile. He was headed on the line by Exminster, the pair having pulled right away from the field and that form has taken a boost since.

With the William Haggas team in great tune of late and the drop back to 7f unlikely to represent a problem, this 3YO Havana Gold gelding is capable of getting Tom Marquand on the scoresheet here.

Lethal Nymph lost his unbeaten record on his own handicap bow at Haydock (6f, good to soft) last month but certainly ran a decent race in finishing third. He moves up in trip now and should be on the premises again for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby.

Richard Hannon's Windseeker is another likely to be in the shake-up, alongside Notions if Jamie Osborne can replicate his penultimate success at Goodwood in April (poor since at Haydock). He likely didn't give his best that afternoon given how he raced and this lightly-raced sort could bounce back.

Selection: Golden Voice

Next Best: Notions

 

4.35pm - Coral Committed To Safer Gambling British EBF Maiden Stakes (1m2f)

Honiton was second in a Chester maiden in May and has since finished third in an all-weather novice up at Newcastle, John & Thady Gosden's Dark Angel colt should be good enough to land a win before long and he sets the standard now with Frankie Dettori back on board.

Enzos Angel for Stuart Williams and the David Menuisier-trained Findono are others to have shown some ability, the latter third over C&D on second start behind a smart sort from the Gosden team (Francesco Clemente, now 2-2).

Andrew Balding's string are in good heart and newcomer CADMUS might be worth chancing. He's a son of Gleneagles and a half-brother to some useful middle-distance winners. With Harry Davies taking off 5lb, it won't be a big shock if he lays down a challenge on his racecourse bow.

Selection: Cadmus

Next Best: Honiton

 

5.10pm - Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer UK Handicap (1m6f)

A stayers contest to complete the afternoon. Long-standing maiden Alpine Stroll has been in solid form in four runs this season, including a one-length defeat over 1m5f at Hamilton in May, and should give a good account for Ed De Giles getting weight from the field here.

High Wells was second at Nottingham last time out and joins Tralee Hills on the shortlist, the latter arriving here after a close call at Lingfield on the Polytrack. He should be suited going back up in trip.

MOEL ARTHUR looks the one to be with in the finale, however. He's low-mileage and won a Lingfield AW handicap over 1m5f in February on his first attempt beyond a mile-and-a-half. He then made his turf bow at Newbury (1m4f, good) in May and was only just touched off by Way Of Life. They were miles clear and the winner went very close next time at Chepstow, while the third won his next start at Windsor. This longer trip should suit again and while the assessor has had a say, Brett Johnson's charge should have more to come in this sphere.

Selection: Moel Arthur

Next Best: Tralee Hills

 

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