Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: Lavender's Blue can stage Atalanta repeat

By Angus McNae
Sun 23 Aug 2020

Two winners in last week’s column ensured a profit here last week and hopefully my selections this week will keep us on an upward curve.

I have selections at Cartmel and in the two big races at Sandown.

Watch how they all fare on Racing TV.

2.15 Cartmel: Court Royale

This horse has become very well treated and made the most of that when winning comfortably at Stratford recently.

That win saw him return to something like his best and indicated that there may be better to come. He travelled well into contention and forged clear in the closing stages despite giving the impression that he was idling in front.

There is no doubt this is a better race but he is clearly in good heart and at a general 11-2 at the time of writing he is a value play at a track that should suit.

 Lavender's Blue was not disgraced in the Ebor (Focusonracing)
Lavender's Blue was not disgraced in the Ebor (Focusonracing)

3.05 Sandown: Lavender’s Blue

Quadrilateral and Billesdon Brook set a fair standard here but I want to be with Lavender’s Blue at the 10-1 that bet365 are offering at the time of writing.

She won this race last year in taking style and has only run three times since - finding Group One and Group Two company too hot on those occasions.

That being said, I thought she ran well last time in the Nassau Stakes behind Fancy Blue. Held up to try and help her see out the ten-furlong trip she found herself poorly placed and could never land a blow.

Now back at a mile and with the likelihood of being ridden closer to the pace she has a good chance of taking this race again. The drop in class seems sure to bring out a better performance from her.

3.40 Sandown: King Vega

This well bred colt should be supported. He showed plenty on his debut here at Sandown when amid obvious inexperience he was a close second to Yibir.

He was a well-backed second favourite at 15-8, which suggests he had been showing plenty at home and he will surely have improved for that experience.

Trainer Andrew Balding could have been forgiven for taking the easy route by winning a maiden with him, but instead pitches him into this Group Three which is a mark of how highly this colt is regarded.

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