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4.00 Wolverhampton – Sands Chorus
Sands Chorus seems to be a quietly progressive runner and in an 8 runner field at Wolverhampton, he has sound claims of making the frame and well win. Due to the strength behind the favourite Ainslie, he is available at odds of 9/2 5.50 +450 4.50 4.50 -0.22 .
James Given’s runner has a win and three places from his last four starts to his name. A front runner, he went off favourite last time out before eventually finishing second to a Richard Fahey runner. The ground at Carlisle was a little soft and the switch back to the all-weather should benefit the son of Footstepsinthesand.
Given has a superb record with his all-weather runners in May-August. They are 38/216 (17.59%) for £103.96 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.62 – a really impressive statistic. Sands Chorus is likely to be ridden aggressively and should be able to dictate his own pace in this field.
The favourite comes in the form of Anslie, a David Simcock inmate who won in facile fashion last time out at Leicester. He hadn’t shown much in previous four runs, but went off a well backed market leader on handicap bow and won with plenty in hand. Carries a 6lb penalty, but has a useful claimer taking off 3lbs. Is definitely the one to beat, but has to prove he is as effective upped in trip on the all-weather, and at the odds Sand Chorus rates a better bet.
6.50 Sandown – Shahbar
Marco Botti’s Shahbar could be quite an exciting horse, and even at odds on, represents good value in the 8 furlong maiden at Sandown.
An 7/1 8.00 +700 7.00 7.00 -0.14 shot on debut over 6 furlongs at Leicester, the son of Champs Elysees showed significant promise, filling the second position berth behind a classy Mark Johnston runner. The front two pulled a little way clear that day, and there was plenty to like about the run. The horse has plenty of stamina in his breeding, so the fact that he could finish so close up over 6 furlongs on debut, marked him down as one to keep an eye on. The step up to a mile combined with having a run under his belt should make Shahbar very difficult to beat.
Behind the favourite, the other runners have a similar chance on paper. Brian Meehan’s Ride The Lightning could well fare best – he put in a respectable debut performance at Newbury and is another who will benefit from the increased yardage second time up.
Shahbar looks like more of a 2/5 1.40 -250 0.40 -2.50 0.40 shot on paper, and the fact he is available at 67/100 1.67 -149 0.67 -1.49 0.67 makes him an appealing proposition.
Tips Summary (6th August)