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THE TWO MINUTE TRADER!
Battaash wins at Sandown.
Three year olds have a cracking recent record in this and have taken six of the last ten renewals, strongly represented this time around it is difficult to overlook that stat and Battaash is taken to improve upon it. Raced only half a dozen times he made light work of a decent bunch when landing a Listed race over course and distance the last day and that form has since been franked, with the runner up scoring at Group level the time after. Muthmir is from the same owner as Battaash and presumably Jim Crowley had the choice of ride, this represents a drop in class for him but his five pounds penalty makes this task tough. BATTAASH (WIN)
14:05 Haydock Dominating kept on gamely when seeing off Look My Way by a length last time and looks to have bright prospects of recording the hat-trick, ideally suited by this trip he looks the safest of them that have won at the trip though he perhaps lacks the scope of some. Humble Hero looks to have ideally weighted to follow up his maiden win at Doncaster, likely to be suited by today’s extra yardage he can strike again. Zenon, Cribbs Causeway and Mistress Quickly are others with sound chances. HUMBLE HERO (WIN)
14:25 Sandown Likely favourite Greenside won here last time and finished a good second here the time before, a winner of half his starts he looks to have every chance if coping with a five pounds rise. Muntazah had been very highly tried and perhaps disappointing since winning his maiden, unlucky in the run when down in grade last time he looks a very interesting player for an in form yard. Master Of The World, Blair House and Naval Warfare have chances in an open contest but Muntazah makes plenty of appeal and is handed the vote MUNTAZAH (WIN) – NAP
Abingdon pulverised her opposition when bolting up at Pontefract last time and a repeat would probably suffice here. Just the type her yard excel with it is very difficult to take her on, interestingly however, her yard rarely target this race and it would take some effort producing a similar effort as last time. Ajman Princess had the ground go against her at Ascot last time, seemingly improving before that she looks the safest option should the favourite misfire and is our selection as such. Hertford Dancer has major claims though you get the feeling Ascot may have left its mark on her. AJMAN PRINCESS (WIN)
15:00 Sandown A few of these ran in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, most notably Paco’s Angel who finished a length ahead of Queen Of Time. The pair look difficult to separate here though Ascot often leaves its mark, so with a heavy heart, both are respectfully taken on. John Gosden newcomers rarely go off at double figure odds on debut though Standing Rock did and she made no mistake when a ready winner at Newbury. Connections decision to book Ryan Moore today has to be seen as a positive and with that in mind, she is taken to build on her debut victory. STANDING ROCK (WIN)
15:15 Haydock These races often through up hard luck stories and perhaps the safest option is Big Country. Often on or near the lead his Newmarket run two starts back is best forgetten as he clearly failed to handle the track, back on a more conventional course at York last time saw him resume his progress and he is a hardy type in a finish. Shraaoh is already becoming a little frustrating and he burnt fingers at Epsom again last time, perhaps a little unlucky in the run and maybe in need of that he now finds himself at the last chance saloon stage, his form does demand that chance however. SHRAAOH (WIN)
This looks as strong a renewal of the Eclipse as there has been in many a year, a race where the current crop of three year olds measure up against their elders, a clash of the generations not to be missed. Cliffs Of Moher appears most likely to go off as the market leader on the back of his second in the Epsom Derby, beautifully bred he could easily bounce back now dropped in trip, his attitude did worry me in the closing stages of the Derby however. Barney Roy appeared most unlucky when things went against him in the Guineas, he gained compensation at Ascot last time though and this trip maybe ideal. Decorated Knight faces no easy task conceding weight to the three year olds, a dual Group One winner and a winner here, he will relish this ground and is the tentative choice to run into the places. DECORATED KNIGHT (E/W)