Through The Card: Sandown, Saturday 31 August

There is a high-class card at Sandown on Saturday

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

"The step back up in trip will definitely suit..."

Timeform on Solid Stone

13:50 - JUSTANOTHERBOTTLE (2) is back in fine fettle, running well in a hot sprint handicap at York last week, and gets the vote in a handicap where a case can be made for most despite an outside draw. Embour, three-year-old Tinto, and Jumira Bridge should be among the chasing pack in a very open heat.

14:25 - This doesn't look the strongest handicap for the money on offer and it is no surprise to see the three-year-olds heading the betting, but the favourite Country will find this harder than his recent wins up North and SOLID STONE (6) looks the one to be with at the prices. Admittedly, he hasn't progressed as expected since his winning reappearance at Newmarket, but his second at this track two starts back has a solid look to it, and he was done for toe on his latest start in a steadily-run race over a mile at Yarmouth. The step back up in trip will definitely suit and Sir Michael Stoute has done well in this race over the years.

15:00 - JUBILOSO (6) was arguably unlucky not to win at Goodwood last time, and looks the best prospect in the field, so she is expected to give Sir Michael Stoute a sixth win in the race since 2006. Duneflower took the step up to listed class in her stride at Ascot and is the obvious danger, while the hugely-likeable Red Starlight has solid place claims at double-figure odds.

15:35 - The Solario is a race that's taken some winning in recent seasons, Too Darn Hot, Masar, and Kingman all on the roll of honour in the last decade, and the first and last-named were both trained by John Gosden. He doesn't have an obvious type in this year's renewal, but it is interesting that he pitches ESHAASY (2) in at this level so soon after his win in a minor event at Kempton. He has a fair bit of ground to make up with Al Suhail on their debut run at Newmarket, and will have to take a big step forward from his latest run, but it wouldn't be the first time a Gosden-trained horse found such improvement, and Eshaasy is worth a roll of the dice at double-figure odds.

16:10 - MOOLHIM (1) is a good-looking, well-bred colt who beat another promising sort when off the mark at Chelmsford last time so, under another positive ride, he should go well in his bid to follow up on nursery debut. Silver Mission and Imperial Empire are dangers but, in truth, the whole field has something to recommend it.

16:45 - BABA GHANOUJ (5) had excuses for a lesser effort at Newbury last time and had been on the right path prior to that, so it's worth taking a chance that he can get back on the up and resume winning ways. Eligible could provide the main threat unless the in-form Mountain Rescue is allowed his own way in front.

17:20 - DUBAI INSTINCT (5) shaped well on his return in a strong maiden at Doncaster in March and the form of his win at Nottingham on his next start has worked out well. Therefore, it is probably worth giving him another chance to prove himself well handicapped. He was ridden too positively at Newbury last time in the notoriously competitive London Gold Cup, so is best not judged too harshly on that, and is expected to prove much more competitive here in this lesser race. Loch Ness Monster will typcally be thereabouts and Chef De Troupe's mark catches the eye back on the Flat.

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