Through The Card: Sandown, Friday 30 August

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There is Flat racing from Sandown on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Sandown on Friday...

"The win two starts ago over C&D is working out well..."

Timeform on Indian Raj

14:10 - Even with the presence of two non-runners, this is an extremely competitive affair with a case being able to made for all the runners. Queenoftheclyde is an obvious starting point off the back of a win at Wolverhampton over this trip but they all finished in a bunch so might be vulnerable off his new mark. SERAPHINITE (1) may prove best suited by this stiff five furlongs and already has plenty of good form in the book. She was second last time at Windsor when caught around the furlong mark in minor company but she would have had a penalty that day and is better treated now handicapping again. Swinley has headgear for the first time and the jockey booking catches the eye but he's never been short of speed so might struggle to see out this stiff five-furlongs as well as the others.

14:40 - INDIAN RAJ (3) lines up for Stuart Williams in this low-grade sprint handicap and with plenty of his horses running well, it would be no surprise should his charge put up a bold show. The win two starts ago over C&D is working out well and his run can be forgiven at Windsor last time when having to switch twice, which would have affected his run. He can bounce back here and take this contest at the expense of Our Oystercatcher. Irene May is of interest at a big price given she was unbeaten on her two starts at two and didn't relish stepping up in trip on her return, when shaping as if she needed the outing as well. She could step forward for that and outrun her price.

15:15 - The next race on the card is an intriguing minor event which is sure to produce plenty of subsequent winners. With only three bits of form to go, the one to set the standard is Discovery Island after a good second at Newmarket when shaping with plenty of promise and only just failing to get up. That was over a mile so the drop back to seven furlongs isn't the most obvious move, leaving him possibly vulnerable to a useful newcomer. Plenty of powerful connections are represented, with LORD CAMPARI (6). Roger Varian can ready a newcomer and given that this colt has entries in pattern races before the season is out, suggests that this horse has plenty to recommend him on debut. Of the rest, Palace Pier can run well, along with the Sir Michael Stoute trained pair.

15:50 - Off the back of a double yesterday at Chelmsford, James Doyle gets the ride on LYNDON B (1) for George Scott and he will be hoping that he can make amends for a luckless run at Goodwood last time. This gelded son of Charm Spirit got caught further back than ideal on that occasion and conceded first run on the two that beat him, but was closing all the way to the line and if he was able to travel closer, he looked a likely winner. His start before saw him win at Leicester over this trip so the step back up to a mile holds no fears and he looks a strong selection to have the beating of some in-form sorts.

16:25 - Dargel failed to bring up the hat-trick at Kempton last time but was left poorly placed. He still shaped as the best horse at the weights in that contest and now up in trip, which he looks he will stay, he could have a chance of bouncing back. Preference however, is for THE CORPORAL (1) for Chris William and William Buick. An Aidan O'Brien cast off, his new trainer looks to have found they key to him recently, posting two easy successes at Yarmouth over this trip. He posted a career best last time and this shrewd trainer is often one for bring more out of his recruits. If he is able to do so again here, the selection rates highly in his attempt to bring up his third win on the spin.

17:00 - The last race on the card is another competitive affair with two previous winners at the head of the market. Geranium only shoulders a 5 lb penalty for her latest success at Newmarket and will be well-treated give the way she won that day, with Geetanjali also winning easily last time and making appeal. However, Sir Michael Soute looked to have a filly capable of progressing in his ranks in the shape of MULAN (4) since returning at three. A winner on her reappearance at Leicester, she then went to Newmarket when shaping as if something was amiss with her that day and now back after a two-month break, she can build on her Leicester success now upped to a trip she is bred to relish.

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