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Each Way Lucky 15

Morning all,

The Coral-Eclipse (3.35) is the without doubt the race of the day.  It represents the first real clash of the generations in Britain at Group 1 level.

The Sandown card also includes the Charge (1.50), a Group 3 sprint, and the Listed Coral Distaff (3:00).  The latter race sees recent Royal Ascot winner Heredia bid to maintain her unbeaten record. A good win here could see her racing in Group 1 company on her next start,

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There’s also high-quality action up at Haydock. The highlights of a seven-race card are the Group 2 bet365 Lancashire Oaks (2.40) and the Old Newton Cup Handicap (3.15).

ITV are covering the best of the action from Sandown and Haydock as part of a seven-race programme this afternoon.

Inside today’s main piece I’m going for an each-way Lucky 15. Now I think Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister when I last had a Lucky 15 come up. Although, to be fair I haven’t done one for more than 10-years.

Sandown

The Coral-Eclipse looks the race of the season, despite just the six runners. However, it could turn out to be a tactical affair. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of pace with the one most likely to go out in front being Alenquer.

Mishriff had Alenquer six lengths back at York last year. He was too bad to be true when last of 14 in the Saudi Cup a race he had won the previous season. He was only third in this race last year on good to soft going but if the ground is good or better, I think he’ll prove to be best of the older horses ahead of Bay Bridge. Although the latter would be interesting should they decide to go from the front with the 4-year-old.

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Both Native Trail and Vadeni look strong contenders. The first named is having his first start beyond a mile. This probably won’t be a true stamina test so that will suit the Irish Guineas winner but he does take time to hit full stride so a tactical race may not play to his strengths.

There was plenty to like about how Vadeni quickened up to easily win the Prix Du Jockey Club last time. Must prove he’s as good on good to firm but good will be fine for him. He’s plenty short enough at 13/8 for me though.

Coral-Eclipse Verdict

There’s plenty of confidence behind Bay Bridge to land his first Group 1 and he would become even more interesting if you knew he was making the running. I’m expecting a much better run from Mishriff than last time and he’s starting to look a good price. I’m not sure Native Trail will be suited by a tactical race and may take too long to hit top stride. Of the classic generation Vadeni looks the pick although they went a good gallop in the French Derby.

Saturday Lucky 15

I have a couple of selection from Haydock and Sandown and given the prices I’m going with an each way Lucky 15 rather than a Yankee.

Haydock

3:15 – Andrew Balding has booked Hayley Turner for Secret Shadow for the filly who ended last season with two wins on soft/heavy ground and made a promising return to action when close-up 3rd of 8 at Goodwood (1m 6f). She might want further than 1m 4f as she improved over further last autumn. The more rain the better for the 4-year-old. Andrew Balding also saddled last year’s winner of the Old Newton Cup. I'm just hoping that the ground is soft rather than good to soft.

10/1 @ Ladbrokes.

4:25 – Oo De Lally couldn’t be fancied on a poor run when 27th of 29 in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. However, that’s the third time the 4-year-old has failed to perform at that track. He’s better judged on his neck 2nd of 13 at York (good to soft) two starts back. His best form on turf has come with plenty of ease in the ground and he’s a healthy 5 from 12, 7 places over 7f.

9/1 @ Ladbrokes.

Sandown

2:25 – Lion Tower gained a well-deserved first success of the season when winning at York 21-days ago. That win came when dropped back to 7f. However, he’s just as effective over a mile and he’s got a handy low draw in stall 4.

13/2 @ Ladbrokes.

4:10 – Yorkshire Lady ended last season in great form winning here (1m 1f) and then at Haydock.  Seasonal return off 7lb higher than for her Haydock success. But she could be capable of better as a 4-year-old and the yard has its runners in winning form in the past two weeks.

8/1 @ Ladbrokes.

Good luck with your Saturday bets

Just in case you were wondering. Yes, I will be back again on Monday to look back at the Coral- Eclipse even in the unlikely event that the Lucky 15 is landed.

John

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