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Pink Sands looks one of the better bets on the card at Sandown on Friday when she runs in the Weybridge Handicap.

The lightly-raced William Haggas-trained three-year-old made her return from an absence of over a year when third at Yarmouth last month, in what might well turn out to have been a useful novice contest.

The No Nay Never filly broke well alongside eventual winner Silver Machine and was just caught for second close home by stablemate Praised, who finished with a rare rattle from the rear.

The first three are of definite promise and Pink Sands is perfectly entitled to have needed it, having been off since her maiden win at Ripon in June last year, where she had subsequent Lowther winner Living In The Past back in third.

The 1200m at the seaside track might even have stretched her a bit, too, so the return to the minimum trip aligned to the nature of the Sandown sprint track might prove ideal.

Newmarket-based Yorkshireman Haggas could bag another with Star Of Wins in the Cobham Handicap. Unraced at two, he finished mid-division first time up at Newmarket and came forward from that to just fail at Bath, where he might have bumped into one in the shape of Sir Mark Prescott’s A La Voile, who has won again since.

Stepped up 400m at Windsor, the Haggas runner duly won with a bit to spare and he should have more to give sent handicapping for the first time off a mark of 82.

Politics is a winner waiting to happen and can get off the mark in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. Andrew Balding’s juvenile ran a race full of promise first time up at Pontefract, looking like the experience would do him the world of good.

The Muhaarar colt found smart-looking winner Regional had flown well over 200m out, and while he was never going to be able to bridge the gap, he came home in the manner of a horse that has ability.

A stiff 1600m could work the oracle for Crimewave in the Kingston Handicap. Tom Clover’s charge has done his winning on the all-weather and at 2000m, but there was enough to take from his effort over this trip at Newbury last time out to suggest he can get involved in the argument.

Bang there on the outside with 200m to run, he just levelled off but the handicapper has dropped him another 0.5kg and his yard continues to be among the winners.

At Hamilton, Kevin Ryan’s Stars In The Night looks the solid pick in the Stay At Our On-Site Hotel Handicap.

Yet to be out of the first two in three runs this season, she is clearly on good terms with herself.

Second off 71 at Beverley on her return, she was then second in a novice event at Ayr before landing the odds at Catterick last time out in a maiden.

That might not have taken much winning, but she could not have won in easier fashion.

Wolverhampton’s card was hastily arranged following the problems at Yarmouth and the best bet may be Dandys Derriere in the British Stallion Studs EBF Penk Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Brian Meehan’s youngster finished second on his introduction at Newbury and it is usually noteworthy when one from this yard shows up well on debut.

What really catches the eye, though, is what the winner, Mick Channon’s Cairn Gorm, has gone on to do.

That one landed a Group 3 in France recently so the fact Dandys Derriere could get within a head bodes especially well, even if he was in receipt of 3.5kg. – Press Association


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