Through The Card: Sandown, Thursday 9 August

There is Flat racing from Sandown on Thursday evening
There is Flat racing from Sandown on Thursday evening
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Timeform take you through the card at Sandown on Thursday evening...

"There should be more to come from this well-bred sort, and an opening mark of 84 could well underestimate him..."

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17:30 - PACTOLUS (2) shaped better than the bare result on his return from a two-month break at Newmarket last time, paying the price for trying to match strides with an out-and-out front runner, and he appeals as being fairly handicapped. This is a lesser handicap he contests today, and he has top amateur Simon Walker in the place, so he has plenty going for him. Biotic is in top form at present, resuming winning ways in good style last time, and looks the obvious danger.

18:05 - This looks a good opportunity for MUTAWAFFER (2) to resume winning ways after his disappointing effort in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot last time. That test may have come too early in his development, but he is back in much calmer waters now, and is fully expected to get back on track; the impression he created at Goodwood the time before is still fresh in the memory. Good Luck Fox is progressing nicely and could prove the biggest threat.

18:35 - TOO DARN HOT (7) makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, brother to the very smart winner up So Mi Dar and smart winner Lah Ti Dar, both of whom made winning debuts, the former as a two-year-old. He has been well found in the market this morning, but the fact John Gosden has such a good record in this race makes him of even more interest, and he is well worth chancing to make a winning debut in what could turn out to be an informative maiden.

19:10 - MISTER AMBASSADOR (3) continued his run-to-run progression when opening his account in a mile and a quarter minor event at Newcastle last time, having his own way in front in a race that fell apart somewhat, but still putting up an impressive display of galloping. There should be more to come from this well-bred sort, and an opening mark of 84 could well underestimate him. Frankie Dettori gets the leg up for the first time and he should prove hard to beat.

19:40 - WARSAW ROAD (1) was progressive last season, winning three times, and he could be able to capitalise on this lesser handicap. He hasn't been running badly this year, doing well to get as close as he did at Ascot last time, even if the run of the race helped in that regard, and this stiff finish should suit him well. Belle Meade is also running from a reduced mark, and looks the obvious threat.

20:15 - It doesn't look as though WHITEHALL (7) is going to live up to his very smart pedigree, but as he showed at Nottingham in June, he is capable of winning at this level, and this looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways. Admittedly, he is a bit of a tricky customer, blowing his chance at the start at Windsor last time, losing several lengths, and doing well to finish as close as he did in a slowly-run race. Ryan Moore is back on board today and granted he starts well, should prove a tough nut to crack from stall 1.

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