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Stayer Can Get Home In Ideal Conditions
There are 41 races in the British Isles and Ireland on this summer’s day and one of the best finishes might turn out to be in a race with a winter aspect; the Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap. Over a mile and six furlongs, it sees some promising stayers in contention and BUCKMAN TAVERN has marginally the best credentials to take the prize home.
The gelding is trained by Mark Prescott and has a profile typical of the latter's stable. Of a middle distance sire, the German Derby winner Pastorius, Buckman Tavern had three runs as a two-year old in non-handicaps, winning his maiden at Carlisle in September. That got him a handicap mark of 79 and he ran a decent race off that rating, though last of six, at Doncaster in June, beaten just half a dozen lengths. He came out again last Thursday and only went down by half a length to Just Herbert over today’s course and distance after being held up and then hampered close home. He was staying on really well at the end and looks a winner without a penalty, whle Luke Morris will inevitably get everything out of him off him.
His closest rival is probably the last-time-out winner MONDAIN, who got into the winners' enclosure at Thirsk just last Friday. He won by 10 lengths there, so his exertions won't have taken that much out of him but he's up 9lb here and just got run out of it off the lighter and winning mark in his two previous runs. The weight looks just too much.
WANNIE MAE is an improving filly from William Haggas' stable which is having a good year. She showed staying to be her game when looking held but then galloping on strongly to get home close home at Goodwood over a mile and a half in June. Although a three-horse affair, the second, Bella Vita had won her previous race and has been a close third since in a better event at Ascot. Also in Wannie Mae’s favour is the winning return of the progeny of her sire Australia at Sandown, which is a significant four from 11.
Bet365's 6/4 about Buckman Tavern looks fair.