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Betfred Nifty Fifty Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £70887.5
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Betfred Nifty Fifty Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1111-0 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Carried all before him as a 2yo, signing off with convincing 7l success in Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good; made virtually all); returned sore and wasn't seen again until the 2,000 Guineas when he pulled hard and folded tamely, finishing lame; today's drop back down in distance seems an obvious move, and he's the one to beat if back to his best, but there must be a question mark after such a poor run just three weeks ago.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

8

(4)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Crowned the European champion 2yo last term; it's still not totally clear that he has fully trained on, having taken advantage of a near-side track bias at Haydock (won Group 2) in May then failed to justify favouritism (beaten just over 1l by Shaquille) in the Commonwealth Cup, but those bare performances still represent smart form; brilliant in Curragh Group 1 last August and that power-packed display is not yet forgotten.

4/1

2nd

2

(2)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Had a few excuses for his 2,000 Guineas flop; star performer over sprint distances otherwise and subsequently justified favouritism in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good to firm; beat Shouldvebeenaring) where he gained an advantage by racing near the stands' rail but won well enough to think he retains plenty of his juvenile talent; crowned last year's European champion 2yo having been so impressive in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on good ground, and that brilliant success represents the best form in this field; won the Windsor Castle here 12 months ago; has to be greatly feared.

Evs

1st

4

(7)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: A P O’Brien

Carried all before him as a 2yo, signing off with convincing 7l success in Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good; made virtually all); returned sore and wasn't seen again until the 2,000 Guineas when he pulled hard and folded tamely, finishing lame; today's drop back down in distance seems an obvious move, and he's the one to beat if back to his best, but there must be a question mark after such a poor run just three weeks ago.

11/8

16/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: -15231 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Tough colt with five wins on his CV, including a 7f Listed race at the Guineas meeting at Newmarket; likely to give his all once more but this is a stiffer assignment and he'll need a personal best to follow up.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

9

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Shouldvebeenaring

9st 9lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; tough colt who scored in Listed grade here last May and ended his 2023 campaign with placed efforts at Group 1 level over 6f/7f in Britain/France; major contender with AW reappearance under his belt.

9/2

3/1

Form: 114-3 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Last year's Coventry winner; sustained an injury in Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August but returned with a promising third of nine to Cold Case in Group 3 at Ascot (6f, good) 24 days ago, giving the impression the outing was just needed; if he builds on that he'll be a strong contender here.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

6

(9)

10th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

14:55 Curragh

Bradsell

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

prominent towards near side

5/2

3rd

8

(9)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Bradsell

9st 11lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Won the Coventry at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) last season and made it 2-2 at the Royal meeting in the Group 1 King's Stand (good) last time on his first attempt at 5f; he drifted left and inconvenienced runner-up Highfield Princess last time, and his two best performances have been at Ascot, but he impressed here on debut last May and this 3yo has to be respected.

4/1

1st

16

(7)

20th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Bradsell

9st 1lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

All races at 6f, winning the Coventry (good to firm) at this meeting last June, but he hasn't entirely convinced with his finishing in the meantime and didn't put up much resistance in a Group 2 at Haydock last time out; the big hope is that this trip could now suit best.

33/1

Form: 231-23 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

A paragon of consistency in her eight-race career to date; followed second in 7f Group 3 at Leopardstown in April with third in 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago; races with zest in front, and should take the drop back to 6f in her stride; likely to be in the money again.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

6

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Matilda Picotte

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Kieran P Cotter

Front-running Irish filly who has plenty of useful form, including third in this year's 1,000 Guineas; made all in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster (7f, good to soft) most recently; not sure to get an easy lead but has a fighting chance at the weights.

3/1

1st

10

(5)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Matilda Picotte

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Kieran P Cotter

Below par on good to firm, acts on any other ground; front-running Irish filly who has plenty of useful form, including on British soil, such as third in this year's 1,000 Guineas; close second in Group 3 at Tipperary (7.5f) most recently, headed only close home; bright chance granted an uncontested lead and perfect fractions.

8/1

5/1

Form: 2311-1 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Reliable (yet to finish out of the first three) and steadily progressive; ended 2022 with victory in the Redcar Two Year Old Trophy and got his 3yo campaign off to the perfect start with a dogged win from the front in Group 3 at Ascot (6f, good) three weeks ago; has solid credentials.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

(12)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Cold Case

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Made the running for two of his last three wins at 6f (good to soft/good) and good to firm was thought responsible for a poor show at Haydock in May; something to prove now but competitive on earlier results.

11/1

Form: 124- D

Last run: 283 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Cost 350,000gns as a yearling; showed useful form last season, including when making a winning debut at Doncaster (6f, good to firm) and when fourth to Guineas winner Chaldean in the Group 3 Acomb at York (7f, good); that leaves him a fair bit to find with several of today's rivals but he's had only three runs and may be able to bridge the gap.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

4

(7)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Mill Stream

9st 9lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Versatile ground-wise; successful in Listed/Group races at Deauville last August, then shaped better than the bare result in two Group 1 events back on home soil; had wind surgery since; may still have further progress in him; interesting back down in class.

10/1

8th

7

(14)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Mill Stream

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

3yo who had his finest hour when quickening well to win Group 3 at Deauville (6f, soft) in August; not disgraced when sixth of 16 in the Sprint Cup at Haydock next time and that first experience of a Group 1 could stand him in good stead today; now fitted with a tongue-strap for the first time and William Buick is a positive jockey booking; high on the list.

8/1

50/1

Form: 1315-9

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Sprang 50-1 surprise in 5f Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last June; disappointing twice since and wasn't beaten solely through lack of stamina in 7f Group 3 at Newbury on reappearance; now has something to prove.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

5

(9)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Newcastle (AW)

The Ridler

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Richard Fahey

Group 2 win at Royal Ascot as a 2yo but he's struggled badly in four starts this year, albeit last time at Doncaster wasn't disastrous given the ground wouldn't have suited; visored for his AW debut; revival wouldn't be a total shock.

25/1

7th

4

(5)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

The Ridler

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Richard Fahey

Sprang a 50-1 surprise in the 5f Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last June; has run just three times in this 3yo campaign but has been well beaten on each occasion; major turnaround required.

50/1

20th

6

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

The Ridler

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: Richard Fahey

ducked right start, raced far side, midfield

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £104.00
Straight Forecast £137.50
Tricast £394.60
Trifecta £447.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Little Big Bear

SPOTLIGHT:

Bradsell

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TOPSPEED:

Bradsell

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Bradsell

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Bradsell

Daily Mail:

Bradsell

The Star:

Bradsell

POSTDATA:

Little Big Bear

Telegraph:

Little Big Bear

The Guardian:

Little Big Bear

D Express:

Little Big Bear

Daily Mirror:

Little Big Bear

The Sun:

Little Big Bear

Daily Record:

Little Big Bear