Sandown – 24th April 2015

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Cannock Chase finished ahead of POSTPONED, when winning The Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, however he has been off the track since then with minor injury concerns. He looks a decent prospect, but I feel that he may need the run.

Postponed was last seen winning The Great Voltigeur Stakes, beating the well regarded Snow Sky by two lengths. I really like that bit of form and think that this horse could be a big player in Group One races this year.

Tullius won’t stay the trip in my opinion, what he is doing in this race I just don’t know. He hasn’t races over ten furlongs for three and a half years, he didn’t stay that day and I don’t think he’ll stay at a tough track like Sandown.

Western Hymn won the classic trial here last year over course and distance, he then ran sixth in The Derby, before winning a Group Two at Maisons-Laffitte. It would be no surprise to see him win here, however there’s a suspicion that he needs a softer surface to show his best.

With my belief that Postponed is going to be challenging for Group One races and doubts around the fitness of Cannock Chase, I have to back the Luca Cumani trained horse.

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Back Postponed at 3.50 – Coral[/symple_box]

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SHIFTING POWER has to be the bet in this, fourth in a strong renewal of the 2000 Guineas, was followed with second in the Irish equivalent. With that level of form and receiving 4lbs from Bow Creek, Custom Cut and Here Comes When he’s a deserving favourite.

The Hannon yard has won this in six of the last ten years, whilst Shifting Power won on his race course debut over seven furlongs at Sandown in 2013 and won on his first start of 2014.

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Back Shifting Power at 4.00 – Bet 365[/symple_box]

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An interesting classic trial where the market is led by Commemorative at 1.80 (4/5). This horse was last seen finishing seventh at The Breeders’ Cup meeting. Prior to that he won a Group Three at Newmarket, in which Future Empire was back in third. Future Empire finished second in The Derby Trial at Epsom on Wednesday but never handled the track so it’s difficult to get handle on that form.

Should this favourite be an odds-on chance? My answer is no. CAPE CLEAR ISLAND wasn’t fancied at Newmarket last week, but he put in a excellent performance in The Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy. He had some good horses behind him that day and looks to be a horse who could improve further. We know he gets the distance, we know he’s race fit and I’d happily back him at 2.75 (7/4), so the 3.75 (11/4) available is good enough for me.

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Back Cape Clear Island at 3.75 – Coral[/symple_box]

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