Sandown Saturday Preview - 06/07/2019

1:50 - Garrus

The opening race 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.

2:25 - History Writer

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.

3:00 - Encapsulation

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.

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.

3:35 - Enable

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

4:10 - Magical Wish

Magical Wish ran a blinder in a big field at York last time over six furlongs, and steps back up to seven in the Smart Money's On Coral Handicap.

In a tough looking race to call, he came from last to third in final two furlongs of a valuable handicap on good to soft, on his first start in a Class Two.

Down a grade again, he will have to handle top weight but is well drawn with a top jockey booking.

Should certainly go close and be amongst the finish.

4:45 - Falcon Eight

Fresh hopefully after his ride on Enable, Frankie Dettori rides Dermot Weld's Falcon Eight who improved to finish second in a staying Group contest at Leopardstown in May.

Under a length's runner-up to Twilight Payment over 1m6f, the four-year-old shaped as if two miles will suit much better, adding in the evidence he showed on his third career start last September at Naas.

That was in a first time Group Three, and now looks poised to challenge for victories with a bit more experience under his belt.

Remains lightly raced and further progress here expected in a lower grade.

5:20 - Dreamweaver

The final race is the Coral Don't Bet Silly Bet Savvy Handicap over ten furlongs, and Dreamweaver right at the foot of the weights may continue to be well treated.

The three-year-old won at Goodwood over 1m2f from off the pace in pretty good style on his seasonal reappearance, coming on aplenty from his juvenile campaign last term.

A son of Mastercraftsman, he relished the step-up in trip over a mile and surely looks better than a mark of 67, having opened up at 63.

Decent chances.

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