Tom Stanley fancies Richard Fahey to strike in the Group 2 contest at Sandown.
Whilst this column tends to focus on bigger prices, the early 7/4 about both Midterm and Western Hymn would have gone up no matter had it still been knocking around now. Madness and duly long gone. The C4 action either side of those 2 races serves up a couple of bets though, first up in the form of Mick Channon’s filly Czabo. She made an eye-catching debut when giving away plenty of ground at the start but finishing well and then followed up next time at Newbury. The form of that took a boost when Jadaayil won at the Craven meeting and the 3rd was a subsequent 2nd to Nell Gwyn winner Nathra. In fact the form of both her starts is strong. The extra trip should suit on breeding and she handled cut when winning over 6 last time. Some useful entries suggest she’s considered better than her bare rating of 85, though that’s probably true for most of the field. I think Chief Whip, not seen since last July, is the most likely winner but it’s a race full of plenty of unknowns and not one I’d want to take a shortish price about.
The Bet365 Mile has a likeable favourite in the form of Belardo. Spring and Autumn, when there’s some juice in the ground, could well be the time to catch him and his Solow form is the best on offer. He has had the benefit of a run and win this season and I fancy he’ll be hard to beat. If a horse is to beat him though, I’d give Gabrial a better chance than his odds would suggest. He was not far behind Belardo at Ascot when chasing home Solow and tried to come from further back. In truth he’d probably want more pace on than looks likely but he's 3rd best off at the weights and has won on soft. He's not technically fresh here (quite often the time to catch him) given he had a start in Group 1 company at Meydan last month. He wasn't really in the mix that day though and it's not a run I'd pay too much attention to.