Gosden to start the double dice rolling
Leg 1: Back Damaar @ 9/4 in the 14:55 at Sandown
The racing part of yesterday's column was denied with two seconds, but the cross-sport multiple was collected again as Barcelona's sorry fall from grace meant an 8/1 winner, to add to the previous day's 15/2 success.
That branch is doing ever so well as they seek the hat-trick, with today's selection a double of Bella Notte at Sandown (13:50) and Over 2.5 Goals in Inter v Real Madrid, boosted to 7/1.
We are hoping to keep our part of the bargain by sticking with the "big dice" trainer John Gosden on Wednesday and he unleashes Damaar for his debut at 14:55 - a race in which his stable star Palace Pier won in 2019 when sent off a ridiculously short 1/8.
Damaar isn't quite as skinny but it's worth taking on the favourite Atheby who looked flattered in the steadily run Solario at Sandown.
The selection is out of first season sire Decorated Knight, who had a 2yo winner (his first) earlier in the season with Roger Charlton's Silver Bullet Lady.
This is the first runner out of the dam Arwa (who was also owned by Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar of Authorized fame), and she scored as a juvenile on her second start and is related to top stayer Order Of St George.
Hopefully we can set-up a Gosden 1-2.
Mostahdaf a must for the feature
Leg 2: Back Mostahdaf @ 13/8 in the 15:30 at Sandown
A decent renewal of the Listed Fortune Stakes awaits at 15:30 with Mostahdaf and Sir Busker facing off, elsewhere the lowest rated in the field is 104, so it's a well up to standard renewal.
Mostahdaf takes a considerable drop in class from his effort in the St James's Palace Stakes at Group 1 level but met significant interference over the far side on the rail, and that was game over in terms of trying to claw back the winner Poetic Flare.
Previously he was unbeaten in three starts, looking very impressive on his debut at Newcastle before landing the Heron Stakes at Sandown back in May. That victory came in soft conditions and he had to work and battle hard to shake off the second and third in the closing stages. He was switched off early in that and ridden confidently by Jim Crowley and he proved he handled the testing ground.
He still holds an entry on Champions Day so his trainer must feel he still has a horse capable of competing at the top level and is a horse with potential.