Sandown Placepot: Thursday May 30

Luca Cumani saddles Danadana in the Brigadier Gerard

Tony McFadden tries to land the Placepot at Sandown's high-class evening meeting...

Danadana didn't appear at ease around the tight turns at Chester, so it was encouraging that he managed to still prevail, showing a good turn of foot in the process...

18:10- Tafawuk possibly found the run coming a bit soon when disappointing at Chepstow and it isn't too difficult to forgive a horse one poor effort, especially at that venue. Tafawuk had looked like a horse to follow when winning on his reappearance at Leicester and remains with potential from this sort of mark. Significant Move was without a win in 2012 but he landed a bit of a touch on his return at Windsor before running respectably at Haydock. He still looks fairly treated based on his old form and should give a good account.

18:40-The draw had been something of a concern for Steventon Star, but his task has been made easier by a few non-runners and the strong-travelling son of Pastoral Pursuits rates as banker material to finish in the first two. His win at York sets the standard and he obviously remains open to further improvement given the way he travelled so strongly on the bridle for much of the way.

19:15- Godolphin look to hold a strong hand in this event - a race in which they boast a pretty formidable record - and it may be worth including their two main hopes, Cavalryman and Colour Vision. Cavalryman was an impressive winner over C&D last year and registered an emphatic victory on his most recent start at Meydan; he still remains relatively unexposed as a stayer. Colour Vision went off the boil a bit after winning the Ascot Gold Cup but he escapes a penalty for that success and has to be respected on his return.

19:50- Danadana didn't appear at ease around the tight turns at Chester, so it was encouraging that he managed to still prevail, showing a good turn of foot in the process. He has to carry a 3 lb penalty for that victory but he looks like a progressive horse and this track is sure to suit better than Chester.

20:20- There's not much between all five of these on paper and it could pay to take on the market principals in hope of a Placepot-busting result. Mango Diva built on a promising debut effort when winning at Kempton earlier this month, showing a good turn of foot to burst clear in the final furlong. This is obviously much tougher but she remains open to further improvement. Al Waab was bitterly disappointing on his reappearance at this course, but he boasts some useful juvenile form and it is too soon to completely write him off. 

20:50- Trader Jack became a bit of a 'cliff horse' last season, always threatening to land a decent prize without ever managing to do so. His keen-going nature often counted against him, however, so a gelding operation over the winter allied with a drop back in trip to a mile could see him in a better light. Gaul Wood is a likeable type who often gives his running, appealing as the sort of horse you want in a Placepot, and he shaped better than the bare result at Chester last time.

Selections:
18:10- 4, 5
18:45- 4
19:15- 2, 4
19:50- 1
20:20- 1, 5
20:50- 5, 8
= 16 lines

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