Wednesday 12 August 2009

6:35 Sandown (12th August)

An auction maiden for colts and one filly over this 7f. Quite an unusual race with a number of form horses being fancied in the betting but each with something to prove. Both Al Ghazal and Ultravox have been entered for Group races and are capable of better. Neither was best away on debut and struggled to go the pace before showing a glimmer of promise at the line. The most interesting aspect with these is the betting which suggests improvement on that initial start. Godolphin's two-year-olds have hit form and Al Ghazal will improve for this extra furlong and experience. Ultravox has very good win and place claims if price 13/2 & less. However, it is worth noting that both need to improve. White Devil was a big price on his second and looks a handful. He was keen and races rather awkwardly, probably down to inexperienced. On form, he has shown more than most and could have a fighting chance if the expected improvement from Meehan and Bin Suroor's isn't forthcoming.