19:07 Sandown

CAUIS CHORISTER (NAP) (best price 11-4) has developed into an admirably tough and gifted mare in recent times and following a hugely encouraging comeback at Ascot 22 days ago, David Menuisier’s inmate is fancied to confirm form with old rivals, Sweet William and Trueshan. 

A shade keen in the first mile of the two-mile event at the Berkshire venue, it would have been perfectly understandable if the five-year-old had blown out completely in the latter stages against several who settled a good deal better, but she ended up doing exactly the opposite, staying on strongly to leave the impression she would have won with another few strides. 

Said to be a difficult horse to gauge by her work at home, connections have been pleased with her since that excellent effort earlier in the month and with most of her best performances coming on ground with the word ‘soft’ in the going description, the likely good gallop set by Miss Cynthia and stiff two miles should play right into her hands.

Cauis Chorister - 1pt

20:12 Sandown

The recent heavy rain wouldn’t have been welcomed by many in this contest, but it is music to the ears for the connections of ICE MAX (best price 5-2) and all the available data point towards Karl Burke’s inmate being the one to beat. 

A dual winner on soft ground as a two-year-old, the three-year-old grey has continued the same theme so far this season and following a comfortable success at Bath on his seasonal bow, he duly repeated the dose at Musselburgh last time out. 

Always travelling easily at the Scottish track, he came there swinging at the two-furlong pole and with just minimal assistance, he scooted clear to score with any amount in hand. Posting another good time to add to his excellent cv of quality performances on the figures, he arrives to face his toughest task to date packing a proper punch and it will take a good one to get him on the canvas on all known form. 

Ice Max - 1pt