16 7月

Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2)

RaceAnalysis

OnadayofhighqualityracinginbothBritainandIreland,thisthree-year-oldsprintisanabsolutecracker。

RichardFaheyhasmadenosecretthatheholdshisSANDSOFMALIinveryhighregardandexpectshimtotakehighrankinthesprintdivisionthisseason。

HewontheGroup2GimcrackStakesatYorklastseason(seevideobelow)beforeendingthecampaignbeatenjustoverthreelengthsbyMendelssohnintheGroup1Breeders’CupJuvenileTurfoveramileatDelMarintheUS,adistanceinexcessofhisbest。

AlreadythisseasonthesonofPanishaswoninGroup3companyonunsuitablytestinggroundinFrance,andwithconditionshereexpectedtosuitfarbetterheisfanciedtotakesomenotablescalpsandenhancehisreputation。

CliveCox’sfillyHeartachewasveryfastasatwo-year-oldwinningthreeofherfourraces,includingtheGroup2FlyingChildersStakesatDoncasterinSeptember。

Sheisverymuchrespectedbutthisistoughonherfirstrunoftheterm。

JamesGarfieldranwellwhenseventhinthe2000GuineasatHQearlierinthemonthhavingpreviouslylandedtheGroup3GreenhamStakesoversevenfurlongs。

GeorgeScott’schargeshouldagainrunwellbutthismightbehisbareminimumtripthesedays。

InvincibleArmycouldbeabigdangertotheselection。

Hecontestedanumberofthetoptwo-year-oldeventslastterm,runningwellonalloccasionsincludingindefeatagainstSandsofMailandJamesGarfield,buthasalreadylandedaGroup3atAscotearlierthismonth。

BrianMeehan’stalentedBaraquerowontheGroup2RichmondStakesatGloriousGoodwoodlastAugustbuthasn’tbeenseensince,whileKarlBurke’sUnfortunately,afinewinneroftheGroup1PrixMornyatDeauvillelastsummer,makeshisseasonalreturn。

Ifthesetwoarefitandwelltheywouldnotbewithoutachance。