Angus McNae's Sunday selections: Vasari can pounce for Stoute at Leicester

By Angus McNae
Sat 1 Aug 2020

The Racing TV presenter has selections running at Sandown Park, Leicester and on the final day of the Galway Festival. Find out what he fancies.

1.45 Sandown: Blessed

This gelding must be supported. He is lightly raced and open to improvement and here at Sandown last time out finished an excellent second to Wilfy. The improvement he showed there can probably be put down to him dropping in trip to seven furlongs and moving into ia handicap for the first time.

He has only gone up a pound in the ratings for that good effort and this is an ideal opportunity again over what seems to be his best trip. He may still be a maiden, but he can shed that tag here.

3.10 Leicester: Vasari

This horse should be backed. This is only his third start in a handicap and last time out at Kempton he hinted strongly that he is well treated. This is a good opportunity for him.

He travelled strongly in that Kempton race, where he was perhaps a little too keen and as a consequence of trying to get him settled ended up poorly positioned. Nonetheless he finished the race off strongly to be third.

Too late for Vasari last time, but can he get it right at Leicester?

He gets to race off the same mark of 77 here and his trainer Sir Michael Stoute is in tremendous form. I can see him going off a fair bit shorter than the 4-1 available at the time of writing.

3.20 Sandown : Lady Pendragon

She looks a very appealing bet on her second start in a handicap. Last time out over a mile and a half she travelled like the best horse in the race - and certainly a well handicapped one - but failed to see out the trip and this drop back to 10 furlongs should prove ideal.

Being lightly raced, she remains open to a fair bit of improvement and she's off the same mark here. There are some unexposed types in the race but this filly has already shown enough ability to win a class 5 handicap such as this.

4.20 Galway : Jassaar

With trainer Dermot Weld having such a good record at this meeting, it seems fair to assume that this horse has been targeted at this. He comes here in decent form having been a good third at Naas last time out. He travelled strongly there before being briefly tapped for toe and then staying on well in the final 50 yards.

Cheekpieces are added now to sharpen him up and if he is in anything like the form that he showed when winning at the Curragh last August then he will be hard to beat here. This can be yet another winner for Weld at the Galway Festival.

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