Royal Ascot 2017 Sandringham & Britannia Handicaps

Monday June 19th 2.30pm

I will publish this write up now and add the Brittania as an update later today.

Wednesday 5.35pm Sandringham Handicap 8F 3yo Fillies

This could be difficult to solve with nothing in the Notebook and nothing leaping off the page. This Listed handicap is for 3yo fillies so the only place to start is at Clarehaven Stables and Team Gosden and they saddle three runners.

Gymnaste is 7/1 favourite and Josephine Gordon has been booked. They will be popular with the shop punter. I am amazed at their market position. Regular readers of my witterings will be familiar with this filly as it was she who was second and beaten favourite in the Kempton C4 7F that Keyser Soze whizzed home in. Is that form really good enough for a handicap of that calibre? Dancing Breeze won well on debut at the Craven meeting but has disappointed twice since looking one paced. Martin Dwyer rides. Present Tense, a daughter of Bated Breath for Juddmonte, won a C5 maiden at Yarmouth but disappointed in a C3 conditions event on softer ground.

Hard to see any of the three winning so what do the stats say is the type of horse which we would be looking for?

POSITIVES Last-time-out winner. Trained by John Gosden, Mark Johnston, Ed Dunlop or Michael Bell.

First six in the market. Maiden at the start of the season. Ran in the Nell Gwyn Stakes. Placed in the Pretty Polly Stakes.

NEGATIVES Yet to win this season Last-time-out maiden winner.

That brings into play. The class act might be Bean Feasa towards the top of the handicap. Owned by Godolphin and trained by Jim Bolger, she won the G3 Leopardstown 1000 Guineas before finishing fifth in the race itself. Kevin Manning will need to be at his shrewdest from Stall 1. Coolmore sends Asking, beaten in G1 the last twice and second to Bean Feasa gets six pounds for just under three lengths. Staying in Ireland the all-conquering Jessica Harrington saddles Drumfad Bay who won on debut but has been beaten in six subsequent runs, four Group and two Listed races, but often by a G1 type or a decent colt.

Richard Kingscote rides Kilmah for Mark Johnston and she won her maiden but couldn’t repeat the feat in nine Group races. However she could be well in of OR96. The in-form improver looks to be Henry Candy’s Queen of Time but her victories were a C5 maiden and a C4 handicap so requires a major leap forward.

Of those mentioned, Bean Feasa and Kilmah interest me but the selection is mainly out of curiosity? Why has Wes Ward got a horse in a handicap? So she’s a speedball? No she’s a hold up filly? Best rider of the straight mile at Ascot especially on a hold up horse? For me Jamie Spencer and yes he has been booked! He rode her in work when going for that controversial spin at Ascot no less. She’s a daughter of Scat Daddy, wears a tongue tie for the first time and her name, Con Te Partiro. One star* each way @ 12/1 with WH 1234 ¼

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