Sandown 7-50
Mujood 2 5
Annabelles Charm 3 3
Miss Glitters 9 6
Willow Dancer 8 15/2

Sandown 8-55
Summer Winds 3 8
Kidlat 4 15/2
La Rosa Nostra 6 6
Gallego 7 10
Basra 10 9

In the 7-50, Mujood appears again just a couple of days after his previous good run (2nd, 12/1). He has a nice weight and good ratings. The drawback is the course, a galloping, uphill finish, not his favoured Goodwood, but he does have a good draw in stall 9, just off the rail, and should take the lead as he wishes. Annabelles Charm is a danger, dropping back in distance but ratings-wise not so hot. Willow Dancer is another likely danger but fitness has to be taken on trust.

In the 8-55, there is no obvious front runner and I see a muddle with plenty of traffic probelms. Gallego has good ratings, is clear of the rail (and possibly gets a lead from Northern Spy) and has won on the course. Bottom weight, usually not a good sign on frim ground (in the mud, it’s different, of course) this may be his chance. Summer Winds the obvious value (3/1, 8/1) but maybe Gallego will have the draw/pace advantage.

Update:
Gallego was 12s in the morning, I took 10/1 and now it’s 8s, having been tipped in the Pricewise Extra column at the RP site. It’s always nice to have some confirmation that one is not totally in a parallel universe :-)

RP: ‘As a hold up horse who needs the cards to drop right, he’s no good thing, but he looks overpriced considering he’s 3lb lower than when winning a similar class race over course and distance last season, and that he showed a bit of hidden promise when rearing as the stalls opened a couple of runs ago.

Richard Price’s gelding was not disgraced when fifth at Newmarket last time out, staying on nicely towards the finish and in what looks a wide open race, 10-1 looks too big.’

The in-running pointers column has also seconded my view that there are no true front runners in that 8-55 race. I don’t consider in-running betting to be the proper way to do it though – a bit undignified, imho, with the risk of spilling one’s champers in a rush to get on :-)

And elsewhere, in the 7-50, why has no one backed Mujood?! Ellemujie is half it’s early price but nothing for mine – I suspect an impending ‘sp beats early price’ trauma – it’s a hard life :-)

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