ITV Racing Preview - 06/07/2019

13:50 The Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered as the Sprint Stakes)

The opening race from Sandown and on ITV is the Coral Charge and trainer Charlie Hills has a new exciting sprinter on his hands, after Garrus transferred from Jeremy Noseda's yard following his retirement.

The horse has made two starts this season, both producing wins at Nottingham and at York last time out in Listed company.

The victory latest on the Knavesmire is arguably the strongest winning form in the field, with both the second (Shades Of Blue) winning since, and the third (Soldiers Call) boosting the form with a strong run in the Kings Stand Stakes.

Should take plenty of beating going up a level, and will hopefully be sharp out of the gates to overcome a wide draw.

14:05 The Bet365 Handicap Stakes

Mark Johnston won this race last year with Making Miracles and he arrives with a four-pronged attack in the shape of Summer Moon, Themaxwecan, Mindthecrack & Sir Ron Priestley.

Given the yards' excellent record in these staying races all four have to be feared but SIR RON PRIESTLEY is the one that makes the most appeal. A line can be put through his Royal Ascot performance as Atzeni attempted to set a fierce pace that day and he should resume progress here.

The fact he holds a Group2 entry shows connections think a lot of him and Franny Norton, who can't do much wrong around Haydock, is in the saddle.

14:25 The Coral Challenge (Handicap)

Back at Sandown, History Writer arrives for the Coral Challenge over a mile in career-best form, after his strong course and distance success last time out.

That victory formed part of the strong June for trainer David Menuisier, with this jockey guiding the four-year-old to an excellent victory considering his passage in running.

Seems to bring his best efforts to the Esher venue, having also won back in August 2018 in a Class Three Handicap.

Up 6lb from most recent appearance, and should go close once more.

14:40 The Bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2)

The master that is John Gosden likes to target the Lancashire Oaks, being successful in the race four of the previous eight renewals and his £500,000 purchase ENBIHAAR looks the one to focus on.

She got the better of Klassique at Goodwood in May before proving a non-stayer up in trip and she could prove hard to peg back under prominent tactics.

15:00 The Coral Distaff (Listed Race)

Despite just making three career starts - all coming in the past three months, Encapsulation looks a strong player in the Coral Distaff over the mile distance for the fillies at Sandown.

She made her debut at Leopardstown for former boss Noel Meade before removing her maiden tag at Clonmel on her next start.

The daughter of Zoffany then finished an excellent second to Pink Dogwood - who to her credit ran a cracker in the Oaks at Epsom.

This will be her first start for trainer Andrew Balding, and will be hopefully take all the benefits of stall one.

15:15 The Bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap Stakes

Now for the Old Newton Cup. Traditionally a tricky handicap to solve, this year's renewal looks a cracker and at the top of the betting we have a potential pattern class horse in FIRST ELEVEN.

This 4-y-o Frankel Colt has proved frustrating at times but excuses can be made for both his failures in Group races and he looks capable of defying top weight in this Class 2 event.

At a much bigger price, Mick Channon's KOEMAN looks to improve on his seventh-place finish in this race last year. The form of his Newmarket second this season suggests he has progressed and the yard were successful in this race in 2011.

15:35 The Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Here she is, the Queen of Europe Enable, makes her first appearance after a 245 day break in the feature race of the afternoon; the Coral Eclipse Stakes.

Last seen winning the Breeders Cup Turf ahead of Magical, she is a dual Arc winner and begins her road towards a third crack at the French highlight on what will be her first start at Sandown.

World class filly - one of the best of her generation, for a trainer who won this with her sire Nathaniel first time out in 2012.

Will take some beating despite being the least fit of her rivals and is an absolute superstar.

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