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Thursday 19 October 2017

Best keep your eye on Eynhallow at Sandown

The progressive Eynhallow should win today
The progressive Eynhallow should win today

Eynhallow is progressing at a rate of knots and a 6lb penalty might not be enough to stop him in the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Handicap at Sandown.

Roger Charlton's inmate showed glimpses of ability in maidens last season and after being gelded over the winter, he won first time out this season at Goodwood off an opening mark of 73.

Third off 81 next time out, he resumed winning ways over this course and distance eight days ago.

Put up to 92 by the handicapper, he gets to race off just 87 with his penalty so should take all the beating if the assessor has got it right.

Ellthea can put an unfortunate experience behind her by winning the Longines Irish Champion Weekend EBF Stallions Star Stakes.

Karl Burke's filly was due to run in a Listed race at Newmarket a few weeks ago but she tried to escape under the stalls and had to be withdrawn.

That will have been no fun for her, but it might turn out for the best as it would have taken a remarkable performance to beat Richard Fahey's hugely impressive winner Dance Diva, who took her record to three from three and steps up in class this weekend at Ascot.

Ellthea looked promising herself, though, when winning at Carlisle last time out.

Fourth on her debut at Windsor behind the smart Out Of the Flames, she showed the benefit of that run in Cumbria.

While at the time the form looked nothing flash, the third, fourth and sixth have all won since, giving it some substance.

Burke showed in France at the weekend he places his horses to great effect when winning the Prix Robert Papin with Unfortunately, and Ellthea, well drawn in stall three, is also held in high regard.

Joshua Reynolds looks blessed with plenty of stamina and could be the pick of the John Gosden duo in the RacingUK.com Handicap.

First-time blinkers and a step up to a mile-and-five last time out saw him open his account and an 8lb rise is fully justified.

Things did not go to plan for Finishing Touch last time out at Newmarket but she can get her head back in front in the Zenergi Fillies' Handicap at Newbury.

A winner on debut for Saeed bin Suroor, she was unraced at two and then suffered a luckless passage at Newmarket.

The best bet at Doncaster could be Richard Hannon's Wafeer in the Terry Bellas Memorial Novice Stakes.

A running-on fifth over six furlongs at Haydock, he already looked to be crying out for the step up to seven furlongs.

DONCASTER: 5.45 The New Pharaoh, 6.15 Wafeer, 6.45 Raawy, 7.20 Kaeso, 7.50 Savannah Slew, 8.20 Athollblair Boy, 8.55 Circulation.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.55 Ballot Box, 6.25 Nelson, 6.55 Easter Lily, 7.30 Berkeley Square, 8.00 Discovery Lad, 8.30 Belgravia, 9.00 Magna Cartor.

LIMERICK: 5.35 Absolute Grit, 6.05 Penny Jane, 6.35 Whenthewindblows, 7.10 Cable, 7.40 Sharlanda, 8.10 Snugsborough Benny, 8.45 Kosovo.

NEWBURY: 5.30 Elusive Cowboy, 6.00 Al Mustashar, 6.30 Story Minister, 7.05 Pilgrim's Treasure, 7.35 Finishing Touch, 8.05 Think Fashion, 8.40 Lucky Louie.

SANDOWN: 2.00 Global Rose, 2.30 Joshua Reynolds, 3.05 ELLTHEA (NAP), 3.40 Eynhallow, 4.10 Paradise Cove, 4.45 Finale, 5.15 Another Boy.

WORCESTER: 1.50 Court Dismissed, 2.20 Bold Duke, 2.55 Intifadah, 3.30 State The Obvious, 4.00 Novis Adventus, 4.35 Monbeg Legend, 5.05 Barizan, 5.40 It's A Steal.

YARMOUTH: 1.40 Fyre Cay, 2.10 Dream Of Joy, 2.40 Mirimar, 3.15 Midnight Whistler, 3.50 Loving, 4.25 Agnethe, 4.55 Wotadoll, 5.25 Harba.

DOUBLE: Ellthea and Eynhallow

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