Through The Card: Sandown, Thursday May 19

There is a competitive evening card at Sandown on Thursday
There is a competitive evening card at Sandown on Thursday

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

"Naafer is bred to be precocious, being a full-sister to Ertijaal (also trained by Haggas) and being out of Shabiba, both of which recorded wins as two-year-olds..."

17:50 - Hugo Palmer has won with two of his seven two-year-old debutants so far this season and it is not hard to see why Bithynia is popular here for the opening race on the card this evening at Sandown. However at the prices William Haggas' Naafer makes plenty of appeal on her debut, and could be the bet in the race at current odds. Naafer is bred to be precocious, being a full-sister to Ertijaal (formerly trained by Haggas) and being out of Shabiba, both of which recorded wins as two-year-olds and were able to run well first time out. Three of Mick Channon's last four two-year-olds have won, and Whiteley is also worth including after showing some encouragement on debut at Windsor last time (not punished).

18:25 - City of Ideas left the impression that he would have more to offer when upped to this sort of trip based on his third on handicap debut at Bath last time and should go well with Frankie Dettori taking over in the saddle. He looks a slightly safer option for the places than Recognition, who has done plenty of improving over the winter on the all-weather, but now has to prove he can also perform to that sort of level back on turf. October Storm represents a red-hot yard and is worth another chance in handicaps after finishing with running left (got going too late) at Windsor in April.

18:55 - Sky Ship makes his handicap debut for a yard going very well and is worth including with Ryan Moore taking over in the saddle for the first time. He seems on a workable mark, but has perhaps not been let in to the handicap so lightly as Defrocked has, after his Windsor maiden victory was franked when the fourth horse won earlier this month. Both runners are open to improvement and look the pair to take against the field in this warm three-year-old handicap which could provide plenty of future winners.

19:30 - Both Yangtze and Midhmaar caught the eye in defeat on their last outings, but they will both have plenty to find with the penalised Primitivo if he shows up here in the same sort of form as he was in last time when coasting home in a three-year-old handicap at Newbury on Friday in style. He will be due for a large hike in the weights after that success, where he barely came off the bridle (did not have a hard race), but a 6 lb penalty should not be enough to stop him tonight.

20:00 - Regicide was in need of the experience more than the winner (who recorded a good time) when second on debut a Lingfield in August and is put forward along with High Shields - who was also second last time - against current favourite Shabeeb, who is open to plenty of improvement after finishing sixth on debut at Newbury on his debut but needs to take a step forward to successfully justify favouritism.

20:35 - Almodovar made a winning return to this season with an impressive victory last night at Kempton, and Danilovna - who like her stablemate also has some lofty future entries - should be hard to beat for the same connections here in the final race. Danilovna overcame adversity (bumped and lost momentum) to make a successful debut at Lingfield in November, and with few other progressive-looking types in this race, should take all the beating as the odds suggest.


Back Naafer in the 17:50
Back Primitivo in the 19:30

Placepot permutation:
17:50 - 6, 11
18:25 - 3, 4
18:55 - 3, 5
19:30 - 4
20:00 - 6, 12
20:35 - 4
= 16 lines

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