THURSDAY RACING TIPS

18:50 Sandown


Enemy seems to have found his ideal trip, since stepping up to a mile and six furlongs. He ran well in Meydan and easily won at Musselburgh the time after. He was unlucky at Ascot when he was third to Princess Zoe, beaten half a length, were he didn’t have a fantastic trip and was slightly short of room towards the finish. He’s taken to go well again but he doesn’t have a fantastic record at Sandown.


Thunderous has also enjoyed the move to the staying division. He placed second to Hamish in the Ormonde and then was second again in the Yorkshire Cup to the great Stradivarius. He was the main danger to him that day and might well improve again with a first time visor. The only major question would be whether he will stay the extra furlong.


Quickthorn bumped into Trueshan on his seasonal debut and came from the back of the field at Ascot, were he was just narrowly denied by Princess Zoe. His connections are in good form, he’s proven at this trip and only has to perform to his usual ability to win this today.


QUICKTHORN (WIN) 19:25 Sandown


A rather competitive and classy renewal of a race named after one of the greats, Brigadier Gerard, headed by the returning Addeybb. The Haggas stalwart is returning from a life-threatening infection and would be a welcome sight in the winners enclosure. He evidently has class and William Haggas is in very good form. However, you would imagine he would need the run and softer ground.


Mostahdaf would’ve had a flawless record, had he not had a bit of a nightmare in the St James’ Palace last year. He may not have won that day but he was very badly hampered, which didn’t help his cause. He’s won twice since, including a course and distance Group three last time out. He’s well thought of and is at the top end of the betting for some of the Group Ones this year. He probably justifies favouritism.


Bay Bridge came into his own as a three year-old and looks to follow the Sir Michael Stoute route of progression. He signed off last year winning a listed race in commanding style and the form of that race has since worked out well. Sir Michael Stoute has won this race eleven times, four in the last decade. He’s entered into a few Group One’s and could be another Poet’s Word or Ulysses. He faces a stiff task against a fresh Mostahdaf but could well prevail. Nevertheless, it’s a cracking Group Three!


BAY BRIDGE (WIN) written by Kieran McHugh