Horse Racing Tips | 7th July 2018

Graeme Johnston previews today’s Sandown racing.

12:20pm Sandown 

The Coral Charge is a group 3 contest over 5 furlongs and looks very competitive on paper. Plenty of old favourites line up and we pretty much know their limitations however there is one on here I’ve been following and this may be the making of him.

Dream of Dreams will be having his 14th start and this is just his third effort over the minimum distance, a trip he is yet to win over however I like him here. He remains unexposed and is a horse I feel will pay to follow for the remainder of the season.

He ran last week at Newcastle where he was keen early on, pulled hard and never got the cover he needed. He ran on a little however every part of his run indicated this drop in trip would be in his favour. The stuff uphill finish will really suit him and at the current odds he strikes me as an each way bet here.

1:30pm Sandown

The Coral Distaff is for 3 year old fillies over a mile and some unexposed types line up here. There is a short priced favourite in the field who is dropping in grade here, however she’s returning from a long absence and there’s a very progressive filly I’ve taken her on with.

Preening, trained by James Fanshaw won over course and distance last time out and she strikes me as a filly going places. She has a fair bit to find on ratings, however she is open to a lot of improvement and she won like this grade was well within reach.

James Fanshaw has a fantastic record with fillies and he isn’t one to set his heights too high too soon, so the fact he’s aimed her here speaks volumes. With the track and ground obviously ideal for her I think everything is in place for her to run a huge race here.

2:10pm Sandown

The Coral Eclipse is one of Europe’s biggest 10 furlong races and the highlight of the weekend, however with the late withdrawal of Derby winner Masar it’s lost some of its glitter, but it’s still a good race. It’s our first real chance to test classic form against the older horses and I’m backing the older brigade.

Hawkbill is something of an enigma however he is a previous winner of this race and won a grade one in Dubai earlier in the year so he’s no back number yet. The classic form has taken a couple of knocks so far and if the 3 year olds are vunerable he is the most likely of the older horses to take advantage.

He also stays further and with doubts over the stamina over the majority of the field and no obvious front runner there’s real potential that William Buick will get the opportunity to take an easy lead and turn this in to a real test the others may not want. He’s not one for maximum faith, but in a race that there are questions about a lot of the runners he is worth a speculative punt.

Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets

12:20pm Sandown – Dreams of Dreams (13/2)

13:30pm Sandown – Preening (5/1)

2:10pm Sandown – Hawkbill (16/1)