Through The Card: Sandown, Thursday May 25

There is Flat racing from Sandown on Thursday evening
There is Flat racing from Sandown on Thursday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Sandown on Thursday evening.

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18:00 - A competitive handicap to open the card, but SILVER GHOST (10) made an encouraging start for this yard at Lingfield this month, not getting the clearest of runs throughout, but running on without being unduly punished in the closing stages. He's low-mileage for his age, and is bred to be a fair bit better than he has shown so far, so with the talented Edward Greatrex taking a valuable 3 lb off, he has plenty in his favour.

18:30 - FROZEN ANGEL (2) left his debut form well behind when running out a most impressive winner at Ascot this month, showing a useful level of form in seeing two previous winners off at level weights. He's open to further improvement and, from a good draw in stall 2, he looks solid. This looks competitive despite the small field though, and it might pay to also keep SOUND AND SILENCE (5) on side for the Placepot, as he looked above-average when winning on debut at Newmarket and that race has thrown up several winners since.

19:05 - BIG ORANGE (2) enjoyed another fantastic campaign last year, landing back-to-back Group 2's at Newmarket and Goodwood for the second successive season, and he ran respectably in the Dubai Gold Cup when last seen in March. He looks to have everything in his favour here, and is the standout on form, so it's perhaps best to keep it simple and rely on him as the sole selection. Elidor is another likeable type and he showed his well-being with a gutsy success at Nottingham on his return, and could prove the biggest danger.

19:35 - With So Mi Dar now a non-runner, the one who appeals most is CHAIN OF DAISIES (7). There is a lack of pace in this race on paper, and Henry Candy's mare could well get the run of things in front, and if she does, she will be very hard to peg back, as she has shown on numerous occasions in the past. AUTOCRATIC (3) is the one who is arguably open to the most progress in the field and is another to consider. He looked as though he would come on a bundle for his reappearance last time and is a grand type physically, just the sort Sir Michael Stoute excels with, and it would come as little surprise were he to find the requisite improvement to figure.

20:10 - ZAINHOM (5) was most progressive at two, and shaped encouragingly in the Greenham on his return last month. That form has worked out well with the winner going on to finish second in the 2000 Guineas, and Sir Michael Stoute has won this with some smart types in the past, so he is fancied to win this before moving back up in class.

20:40 - MAKZEEM (9) is closely related to the same connections' high-class Al Kazeem, who showed all his best form at four. He had been gelded since last seen, and went like the best horse at the weights on his return at Wolverhampton this month, but was one paced inside the final furlong, shaping as though the run may have been needed. The addition of first-time cheekpieces today will sharpen him up and the booking of Ryan Moore is an added bonus. It will be disappointing if he doesn't finish in the money, though this is a competitive handicap admittedly.

Recommendation:

Win back CHAIN OF DAISIES in the 19:35

Placepot permutation:

18:00 - 10
18:30 - 2, 5
19:05 - 2
19:35 - 3, 7
20:10 - 5
20:40 - 9

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