The Sandy Lane Stakes has been elevated to Group2 level, and as a result, has attracted some of the best 3yo sprinting talent, not least Henry Candy’s speedster, Limato. Unbeaten in his previous four races, the Tagula gelding stepped up to Group class for the first time five weeks ago, and took the challenge in his stride, scoring easily from Tendu and Adaay, in an Ascot Group3. The form was upheld with Adaay collecting a hot Newbury listed race seventeen days later, so Limato’s credentials look convincing.
Charles Hills runs his lightly raced Exceed and Excel colt, Salt Island, and it would be no surprise to see him involved at the business end. A winner of a Windsor maiden as a 2yo, He comfortably won a Newmarket handicap off a mark of 93 on his reappearance in April. Spencer found all sorts of trouble in his next race behind Adaay at Newbury, and at the very least should have finished a lot closer to the winner. Salt Islands trainer holds him in high regard, and expects a very positive performance at the weekend.
Tim Easterby’s Indesatchel colt Mattmu, ran a great race for a 3yo in the Group2 Duke of York stakes on the Knavesmire seventeen days ago, when just nabbed on the line by the 5yo Glass Office, with six year old Jack Dexter a neck behind in third. This shouldn’t have come as any great surprise as the Easterby horse had won a 6f Group2 (soft) at Maisson-Lafitte last November, but the York performance certainly showed that He has trained on and does not need a soft surface to perform to his optimum. One for the short list.
If that master trainer of sprinters Edward Lynam sends his Starspangledbanner filly Anthem Alexander across the Irish Sea for this, She would be worth considering. She beat the wonderful Tiggy Wiggy fair and square at Royal Ascot, over 5f, but had to give best in their two meetings over 6f. However there was no disgrace in that, and if at the top of her game for her reappearance, would be a threat to all.