Unexposed Godolphin runner looks on a fair mark for handicap bow
15:55 Sandown - Back Global Hero @ 5.905/1
Away from the action at Doncaster on day three of the St Leger meeting, Sandown plays host to my first of the day in the shape of Saeed bin Suroor's Global Hero - who looks a major player switching to a handicap for the first time.
The 6/1 was snaffled last night on the Sportsbook, and that was no surprise as he has the look of a horse who can build on a rather productive juvenile campaign.
A winner of two of his three starts last term, I was impressed with his performance at Salisbury on debut. He overcame a steady gallop to come from off the pace (and very wide) to sweep past Chatham House. He was especially strong in the finish, and to use the great racing cliche "he hit the line hard". It reminds me of how the former England cricket all-rounder Craig White was described as bowling with a "heavy ball". I had no idea what it meant at the time, and still don't.
He ran well at Leicester too (Global Hero, not Craig White), and he also scored at Wolverhampton - a race where he traded 7.206/1 in-running from a BSP of 1.684/6.
Sandown is sure to play to his strengths as he doesn't really have a turn of foot, and he can wind this up from his draw in one to put pressure on his opponents.
The ground shouldn't be a problem, the only doubt is the absence. He hasn't been seen this season and it's quite late on in the campaign to get started, but he looks a progressive horse who could be on a fair mark of 88.
This is a fairly deep race despite the small field.
Kiss can finally win around Sandown
17:05 Sandown - Back Delicate Kiss @ 5.04/1
We're sticking with Sandown for the second bet of the day and Delicate Kiss is worth chancing judged on a decent run at the track last time. She goes again in the same grade of handicap, and is the bet at around 5.04/1.
She fairly charged home in her latest effort over 1m around here, so the angle of her coming back down in trip to 7f is an interesting one for a horse who has raced over further in her career. The selection seems to act well at Sandown, though, and hit second again over course and distance in July (again from coming off the pace).
It's surprising she hasn't won on the turf yet with a record of 0-9, but she acts on quick ground and should get rolling up the hill to make a challenge from off the pace here. Again; there could be an opportunity to back her at a higher price in-play.
From 72, she hasn't got masses in hand but it's that sort of race, and a replication of her efforts at the track previously should see her go close.
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