The Saturday before Royal Ascot sees Ryan Moore take six good rides at Sandown, and here the Betfair Ambassador speaks eaclusively about the chances of each...
"But if he can carry on from where he left off last season – and he was sold for 70,000gns after that final win at Catterick – then he has prospects in an open race."
Sandown 17:35 - Machine Learner
Sandown 14:40 - Fashion Queen
This looks a very close-knit Listed race, one in which you can give six of the nine a good chance on official figures. I am on one of those, even though Fashion Queen did pick up a 3lb penalty for her win at York last month. But that was obviously a good return to action and the runner-up went close at Haydock next time. However, in truth, this looks a difficult race to call, especially as plenty of the field like to go forward, but my draw in four could have been worse and she has winning form on fast ground, too.
Sandown 15:15 - Battered
He did really well to win at York considering he stumbled coming out of the stalls, and he won pretty convincingly in the end, too. William tries him in cheekpieces here for the first time, and I think that could be a good move to help him concentrate a bit better than he did last time. He went up 9lb for that York win and will be racing on quicker ground here, but hopefully he has the potential to be competitive despite that sharp rise. I thought he was decent at York, but Sandown is clearly a very different track and that would be a concern of mine for him.
Sandown 15:50 - Greenside
He was gelded before winning over this trip on fast ground at Newmarket last October and he appears to have made a good return to action when second to Laidback Romeo over course and distance last month. He has gone up 3lb for that, but he is a very lightly-raced 6yo and hopefully he has more improvement in him, though I imagine he has had his troubles down the years.
Sandown 16:25 - Intrepidy
I rode him when he won his maiden at Kempton over 7f last season and while the form of that race is mixed - the third has won since but plenty have been well beaten - I liked him and he is well-related, too. A mark of 85 is probably only fair enough on what he achieved at Kempton but clearly the potential is there to see him take a step forward and hopefully the extra 2f won't be an issue.
Sandown 17:00 - Bristol Missile
The raced horses don't set too high a standard for the newcomers to aim at, but Bristol Missile is probably the best of those judged on his Chester second. But he does need to bounce back from a modest effort in an Epsom handicap last time when last of eight.
Sandown 17:35 - Machine Learner
He improved towards the back end of last season, when he was with Michael Bell, and he has changed stables since. He is also tried in blinkers for the first time, too, as well as stepping up to 1m6f and racing off a 5lb higher mark than for his last win. But if he can carry on from where he left off last season - and he was sold for 70,000gns after that final win at Catterick - then he has prospects in an open race. He has a few questions to answer, though he does have winning form on good to firm ground.