Sandown: I will be winging my way off to Sandown Park tomorrow afternoon for the major meeting of the day at the Esher track on what looks a very attractive betting card.
The feature event is the Group Three Atalanta Stakes at 3.25, which always produces a healthy entry and this year is no exception with the layers likely to offer odds at around 5/1 the field.
Lady's First had been knocking on the door prior to her success in the Listed class at Haydock, where she made all the running for the first time in her career for a game success.
This certainly requires a wee bit more but she should take the beating and I make her the biggest danger to my each-way selection in the shape of Captivator.
James Fanshawe's charge has arguably shown all her best form over a bit further but this will be a rapidly run race over the stiff mile, so her strength will come into play in the closing stages.
She landed a Listed race on the sand at Kempton before stepping up on that run when getting to within a length and a quarter of the classy Izzi Top in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket.
She could never land a blow in the Windsor Forest at Royal Ascot but is better than that run suggests and this looks a slightly easier task.
The major handicap on the card is the extended 10-furlong event at 4.00 and it will be interesting to see if there is a market move for Labarinto, disappointing in two outings this season but one that has enjoyed a long break since the spring and dropped a couple of pounds.
It's a tricky race but the nod goes to the William Haggas trained Valiant, who bombed out at Newmarket in the Bahrain Trophy over 13 furlongs.
The soft ground may have been the problem there but on his previous form he was being talked about as a possible St Leger player and gets in here off 95 on his return to a quicker surface. Indian Jack, who ran a cracker at York last week, is feared along with top weight Mijhaar.
Earlier on, feature juvenile race the Solario Stakes at 2.50, may go to the underrated Hasopop. Marco Botti's charge has won his last two on extremes of going, both times looking as though this severe test for a two-year-old would suit him right down to the ground.
Elsewhere tomorrow, I like the look of Capaill Liath at an each-way price in the extended seven furlong handicap at Chester (3.05).
Tominator has Communicator to beat in the extended 13-furlong handicap at 2.30, while other wagers to catch my eye include Ingleby Star (3.45 Beverley) and Avon Breeze in the 4.50 at the Yorkshire track.
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