Timeform pick out three bets from Sandown on Friday...
"...he remains one to keep on the right side now handicapping switched to turf..."
Timeform on Kings Shield
Kings Shield has created a good impression so far, winning both of his starts on the all-weather in good style, and he remains one to keep on the right side now handicapping switched to turf. THe fact he has been sent off at odds on for both of his starts to date says plenty about the regard he is held in (also holds an entry in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes), and an opening mark of 96 could well underestimate this potentially smart type. Desert Wind and Vintager may give him most to think about.
For all it seems as though Sir Michael Stoute's runners are coming on for their return run, it is hard to get away from the claims of Crystal Ocean here, who sets a clear form standard on what he achieved last year. He held some good company last season, finishing third in the Dante and the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot before winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. Crystal Ocean finished second in the St Leger on final start, impressing with how he travelled, but ultimately outstayed by Capri. This looks a good opportunity for him on his return before having his sights raised. The main threat could be Fabricate, who progressed from the handicap ranks last term and won't be lacking for fitness having made a winning return in a listed event at Kempton last month.
Addeybb did nothing but progress last season, winning three times, and very much picked up where he left off when a devastating winner of the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster last month, taking another big step forward. The way he travelled and powered away from a competitive field was really impressive, eased down in the final 50 yards, and there is no doubt he is a pattern-class performer. This will tell us more about him, but he is an exciting prospect, and is strongly fancied to take this step up in grade in his stride.