13:50 Sandown

Three-year-olds have a good record in this race with seven wins from the previous eleven renewals and it is the Scurry Stakes winner Mitbaahy (best priced at 3/1) who I think will prove hard to beat in this race. He bids to emulate Waady, Battaash and Kurious who all won the Scurry Stakes en route to victory in this race.

The Roger Varian trained colt wasn’t particularly impressive winning a conditions race at Hamilton on his penultimate start but I was really impressed with his win last time when he cruised into contention on the outside before putting the race to bed in a matter of strides. Mitbaahy is rapidly progressive and could prove to be a Group 1 sprinter before the end of the season and therefore should prove hard to beat in this race.

Mitbaahy - 1pt @ 3/1

14:25 Sandown

I am keen to take on the short priced favourite Sinjaari with his career record only being 2-18 and I am going to take a chance on the three-year-old Checkandchallenge (best priced at 4/1) on his handicap debut. The William Knight trained colt has been given an opening handicap mark of 108 which could prove lenient based on his runs this season. He won the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle on his reappearance beating the 109 rated Dubai Poet and 110 rated Imperial Fighter off level weights before finishing 10 lengths behind Coroebus in the 2000 Guineas when he didn’t get the best of trips.

I am sure William Buick would have had the pick of a few of these to ride so he is an interesting jockey booking for this race and I am willing to take a chance on Checkandchallenge who faces a few exposed rivals such as Sinjaari and Escobar in this race.

Checkandchallenge - 1pt @ 4/1

15:15 Haydock

The David O’Meara trained Get Shirty (best priced at 11/1) is unlucky not to be unbeaten in his four starts this season and this progressive gelding looks worth backing in this race. The six-year-old won on his reappearance at Thirsk before finishing only ¾ length behind Rajinksy at Ripon when probably finding the 2 mile trip too far. He won at Hamilton over 1m4f before defeating Chester Cup winner Cleveland in the Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot last time.

That was an impressive performance as Cleveland is a horse who I think is a group horse and the form of his Chester Cup win has been boosted twice since with Coltrane winning the Ascot Stakes and the Coral Marathon yesterday. The handicapper has raised Get Shirty 6lbs for his Royal Ascot win which is fair and I expect him to run well with up to six places available.

Get Shirty - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/1