Paul Ferguson has two selections on Thursday from Sandown; Tiger Cliff in the 7.15 and Abseil in the 8.50 Compare odds and bet.
An impressive maiden winner at Yarmouth in April Abseil (8:50) was badly drawn over a trip shorter than ideal at Chester last time and he can return to winning ways in the concluding extended mile handicap at Sandown on Thursday evening.
Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old ran a race full of promise in defeat last time, proving he handles soft ground, and he is worth supporting today over an extra half-furlong, having gone up just 1lb. He opened up 9-4 with Bet Victor and generally 2-1 on Wednesday evening.
Earlier on the card, in the same colours Remote returns to action and he is a horse who I expect to improve again this year. He will probably find the ground softer than ideal, however, and there will be other days for him, so the evening’s other bet comes in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes, in the shape of Tiger Cliff (7:15).
The Ebor winner made a really pleasing return to action in the Yorkshire Cup just 13 days ago travelling really well for a long way, and tonight’s easier ground shouldn’t inconvenience Alan King’s runner.
The five-year-old remains fairly unexposed over staying trips and can book his ticket to the Ascot Gold Cup with success here. This looks a fairly competitive renewal and, with Bet365 paying ¼ odds to 3 places, Tiger Cliff should be backed each-way with that firm.
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