Through The Card: Sandown, Sunday 5 July

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Timeform take you through the card at Sandown on Sunday

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

"...gets a handy sex allowance, has fared well with the draw, and ought to make another bold bid..."

Timeform on Risk of Thunder

13:15 - Having shaped much better than an opening seventh-placed finish would imply on debut, RISK OF THUNDER (9) looked very professional when an easy winner dropped back to five furlongs at Ripon last time. She was well backed to confirm that debut impression, and never gave her supporters an ounce of worry, making all and quickening clear in the final furlong. Risk of Thunder gets a handy sex allowance, has fared well with the draw, and ought to make another bold bid. Significantly could emerge as the big danger.

13:50 - An excellent renewal that's likely to be run at a strong pace with several front runners in the line-up. LIBERTY BEACH (12) proved a strongly-run five furlongs suits her well when an excellent third to Battaash in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot, and she was an impressive winner over this course and distance as a juvenile. She shades the vote over fellow three-year-old Lazuli, who has always been well regarded, while six-year-olds Maid In India and Dakota Gold also command respect.

14:25 - CROSS COUNTER (1) failed to fire in the Ascot Gold Cup last time, but is worth forgiving that run, probably ridden too patiently over the longer trip. Given his overall record, he is well worth chancing again, and he's a classy sort for a Group 3 if back to anywhere near his best. Like the selection, Withhold was also below par at Royal Ascot but he's really smart on his day and could be the one to give Charlie Appleby's charge most to think about.

15:00 - MONTATHAM (4) meets Dark Vision on 3 lb better terms from their clash in the Royal Hunt Cup last month, and that might be enough to reverse the placings here, given there's highly likely more to come from William Haggas' four-year-old gelding. MUTASAAMY's (9) quickly left his disappointing reappearance behind him with an easy win at Kempton last time and, though 10 lb higher now, that performance was backed up by the clock, so he has to be of interest too.

15:35 - This is usually the first clash of the generations at the highest level, and, while that isn't the case this year, it is still an excellent renewal. ENABLE's (6) unbeaten run at the highest level was ended in last year's Arc, but she lost little in defeat, and this outstanding mare is fancied to mow down the front-running Ghaiyyath. Japan should be sharper for his Royal Ascot return and should also have a say.

16:05 - A case can be made for all in a fascinating listed contest but GLOBAL GIANT (5) is taken to make it two from two for John Gosden and confirm the abundant promise shown when sprinting clear at Wolverhampton on his debut for this yard. Andre Fabre's French challenger Magny Cours is a fascinating contender and is greatly feared, while Fox Chairman could easily bounce back after failing to fire at Royal Ascot and, likely open to further improvement, he is not discounted, either.

16:35 - TULIP FIELDS (4) is on a steep upward curve and, based on the ease of her latest success at Newmarket, she should take plenty of beating in her hat-trick bid back down in trip. Fellow three-year-old Asiaaf could lay down a threat on the back of her comfortable Goodwood success, while Be More makes most appeal of the older horses.

17:10 - WHAT AN ANGEL (12) remains a maiden, but stepped up on what he had shown previously when runner-up at Bath on Thursday and, provided this doesn't come too soon, he should be bang there with useful claimer Thore Hammer Hansen taking off a valuable 5 lb. Eshaasy shaped promisingly on his handicap debut in the ultra-competitive Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot last time. and looks the principal danger, ahead of Star In The Making and Campari.


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