SAROOG (4.40) is fancied to supplement his recent Goodwood success over 1m 6f when tackling the same distance at Sandown this afternoon.
Ryan Moore takes the ride on Saroog, a two lengths winner from John Gosden’s three-year-old Surya, conceding a thumping 18lb. The seventh horse at Goodwood, Smashed, was beaten 26 lengths but made almost all to score at Chepstow on Tuesday evening.
Surya came out to bolt up at Newcastle last week and Saroog is fancied to beat Zeelander, up another 5lb after chasing home Framley Garth at York. Similarly, The Secrets Out has been handed an extra 9lb for a runaway Newmarket victory.
MICHELE STROGOFF (5.15) keeps finding one too good and it was the same old story last time at Redcar when nailed close home by Dawaaleeb. He might get his own way in front in the concluding lady amateurs’ handicap, with Mick Appleby employing the services of top French jockey Barbara Guenet.
SAVING GRACE (3.45) goes to Doncaster with a winning chance. Luca Cumani’s filly was given quite a bit to do when held up at Haydock, eventually running on into third behind shock winner Morning Beauty and odds-on Sacred Path. Saving Grace had earlier landed a Lingfield maiden from John Gosden’s Hameem, subsequently runner-up in a Class 3 novice stakes at Newmarket where one of today’s rivals Snax was six lengths behind in fifth.
BROKEN FORCE (6.15) seems to enjoy racing round the bend at Haydock, with his front-running style making him hard to catch. Karl Burke’s three-year-old built on a course third to Garden Oasis and Ad Libitum by thumping Quoteline Direct (winner since) six lengths before finding Sir Mark Prescott’s unexposed Matchmaking just too strong at Yarmouth (pair drew well clear).
Broken Force was trying to concede 8lb to the winner and Rhona Pindar takes off 7lb. She’s relatively inexperienced and if going off too fast wily old Franny Norton will be waiting to take advantage on in-form Juneau, despite giving away lumps of weight. Juneau looked all over the winner in an apprentices’ contest at Windsor on Monday evening, only to be run down by outsider Couldn’t Could She. Her earlier narrow victory over Groveman was boosted when the runner-up won well at Bath on Wednesday.
- Sandown 4.40 – Saroog (9-4, Paddy Power)
- Sandown 5.15 – Michele Strogoff 11-4, bet365)
- Doncaster 3.45 – Saving Grace (4-1, Paddy Power)
- Haydock 6.10 – Broken Force (9-4, bet365)
Johnb's Friday Tips
- Newton Abbot 2:15 – Bodega 9-1 eachway 1/5 odds 3 places
- Sandown 3:30 – Mustashry 9-4 NAP/NB (double stake)
- Beverley 6:00 – Arcane Dancer 9-2