Tip For Sandown’s Quality Evening Card On Thursday: Poet’s Word And Mount Moriah To Claim Sandown’s Feature Races On Thursday
Mount Moriah ( 9-2 ) and Poet’s Word ( 6-5 ) with Betfair Sportsbook. 7.35pm and 8.10pm Sandown Thursday 24th May
Sandown stage the best evening fixture of the Flat season on Thursday with the six-race-card boasting two Group 3 races along with a couple of Listed contests and a competitive mile handicap to end the meeting at 8.40pm.
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This year’s Ascot Gold Cup is looking something of a match at the moment with last season’s narrow runner-up Order Of St George ( winner in 2016 ) and recent Yorkshire Cup victor Stradivarius dominating the ante-post market. Several horses will attempt to enhance their claims against the big two for the royal stamina test in Sandown’s Group 3 Matchbook VIP Henry 11 Stakes with the Ralph Beckett-trained Mount Moriah fancied to come out on top.
Fourth behind Order Of St George, Torcedor and Stradivarius in Ascot’s Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup on his final start as a three-year-old the mount of Harry Bentley has the potential to be even better this season and the son of Mount Nelson got his 2018 campaign off to a winning start with a game victory in Nottingham’s Listed Further Flight Stakes last month. Weekender and Magic Circle will prove worthy rivals after both posted impressive victories on their seasonal reappearances but at 9-2 Mount Moriah is the value bet.
The 188Bet Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes, the feature race here at Nottingham today, goes to Mount Moriah who gets the better of On To Victory in a thrilling finish. pic.twitter.com/FN5yN0q8cg— NottinghamRacecourse (@NottsRacecourse) April 21, 2018
The Group 3 Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes looks more straightforward with the 119-rated Poet’s Word from the Sir Michael Stoute stable easily boasting the best form.
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Runner-up in Leopardstown’s Irish Champion Stakes and the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot last season the five-year-old will be spot-on following his second to Hawksbill in Meydan’s Group 1 Sheema Classic at the end of March and should have little trouble getting back to winning ways in the mile and a quarter contest.