Through the Card: Sandown, Thursday 23 May

Sandown racecourse
There's an excellent card at Sandown this evening, headlined by the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes

Timeform take you through this evening's valuable card at Sandown Park, which is headlined by the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes...

"...he's fancied to shrug off a 4 lb rise and continue his improvement into his four-year-old campaign for the in-form Ian Williams team..."

Timeform on Matewan

18:00 - MATEWAN (4) signed off in good form last season, completing a double in handicap company at Beverley when winning on his most recent start back in September. The drop back to nine furlongs shouldn't be too much of a convenience, and he's fancied to shrug off a 4 lb rise and continue his improvement into his four-year-old campaign for the in-form Ian Williams team, with Ryan Moore booked to ride. The progressive Sudona is feared with this stiffer track a plus, while Jumping Jack also makes some each-way appeal.

18:35 - It's difficult to look past FULL AUTHORITY (1), who looked an above average recruit when making a winning debut at Chester earlier this month, drawing clear in the straight and winning by six lengths. He's a useful prospect, and gets the vote to take the step up to listed level in his stride this evening. Jm Jackson bumped into a useful rival when finishing a promising second at Thirsk on debut last time and is open to plenty of improvement, while Proper Beau looked a good prospect when edging out a subsequent winner at Musselburgh and is another to consider.

19:05 - DEE EX BEE (1) relished the step up to two miles when winning the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes on reappearance at Ascot at the beginning of the month, and this looks a good opportunity for him to pick up another success before turning his attentions to next month's Gold Cup at the Royal meeting. Stablemate Austrian School is a threat on the pick of his form if excused a below par run in the Chester Cup two weeks ago, while Mekong is another worthy of consideration.

19:35 - This looks a cracking renewal of the Brigadier Gerard, and a big run is expected from REGAL REALITY (6). He showed plenty of promise in his four starts as a three-year-old last term, particularly when winning a Group 3 contest at Goodwood last August, when looking one to keep on the right side. Indeed, he shaped encouragingly after 7 months off when third over a mile here last month, giving the impression that he would improve when stepped up in trip. The extra two furlongs or so should therefore suit him down to the ground, and he's fancied to get the better of his main market rival Matterhorn, who couldn't translate his high-class all-weather form to turf at Chester last time, but is a threat if able to do so here.

20:10 - A race which wouldn't look out of place as a Group race, and it is SANGARIUS (4) who catches the eye. He found the Dewhurst coming too soon when fourth on just his third start at Newmarket last October, but he had looked a potential top-notcher in two starts prior to that, looking something out of the ordinary when overcoming experience to win on debut at Newmarket in August, before taking the step up to listed company in his stride at Doncaster the following month. He's the type to make up into a better three-year-old on both looks and pedigree, and he's a confident selection to make a winning reappearance. Dark Vision has something to prove on what he's shown in three starts since winning the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last August, but he escapes a penalty for that this track will suit better than Newmarket, so he is just one of several dangers.

20:40 - A handicap which usually produces strong form, and HISTORY WRITER (4) is the one who makes the most appeal. He shaped well when finishing seventh after 5 months off in the Spring Cup at Newbury last month, having a hopeless task from his position, and appeals as the type who's lurking on a good mark based on the pick of his three-year-old form. With market vibes for him strong this morning, he's taken to return to winning ways for the David Menuisier team. Borderforce and Kitaabaat are a couple of the other likely players.

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