SANDOWN'S evening card is worthy of top billing and MATTERHORN (7.35) will take some beating in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes if able to emulate his all-weather demolition job on easy Cambridgeshire winner Wissahickon at Lingfield.
Mark Johnston's colt was a shade unlucky not to beat Forest Ranger in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes at Chester, proving he could handle soft turf as well as artificial surfaces. Matterhorn could be even better on tonight's quicker ground and gets the nod over market rival Regal Reality, third here to Beat The Bank over a mile. This will be Sir Michael Stoute colt's first attempt at 1m 2f.
The 2018 Investec Derby runner-up DEE EX BEE (7.05) should land the odds in the Henry II Stakes over two miles. Johnston has pencilled in the Ascot Gold Cup as the four-year-old's first major target and Dee Ex Bee lived up to his star billing when mopping up the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.
SANGARIUS (8.10) represents Stoute in the Listed event over a mile and his fourth behind Too Darn Hot in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last October sets the standard. Sangarius won his first two races, at Doncaster and Newmarket, and Paddy Power's 4-1 is a tempting price.
In the opening handicap, MY BOY SEPOY (6.00) rates an each-way bet. He should be straighter for his comeback fourth at Lingfield and fifth horse King Of The Sand annihilated his rivals at Brighton on Wednesday.
There is some excellent sport at Goodwood and front-running LOVE DREAMS (2.35) has shown a liking for the track in the past. Last week's close fourth to What's The Story at York was another good effort and the drop to 7f should play to his strengths. In-form Game Player rates a pretty obvious danger.
MURAAD (6.55) is the outsider of two Hamdan Al Maktoum runners in the Novice Stakes at Chelmsford City but the grey really impressed at Wolverhampton last time. The Owen Burrows-trained colt ran down Emirates Knight close home and the runner-up came out to land quite a competitive event at Thirsk next time. Almashriq has been made an odds-on shot by the bookies on the back of his fourth to Fox Champion in a Conditions race at Newmarket and John Gosden's colt is clearly a formidable rival.
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