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Monday 16 September 2019

Jumira ready to bridge gap

Cowell and Murphy can strike in Sandown's opening contest

Jumira Bridge has winning form at Sandown and looks primed and ready to repeat July’s success at the track
Jumira Bridge has winning form at Sandown and looks primed and ready to repeat July’s success at the track

It is an eventful afternoon's racing across the water, with live action beaming into our living rooms from Sandown, Chester and Beverley.

The Bullet is the big race of the season from Beverley and David Griffiths bids to add to Take Cover's two successive wins with Ornate, but it's to Sandown's opener we head first.

The Play 4 To Score At Betway Handicap is a wide-open 12-runner heat but JUMIRA BRIDGE (1.50 Sandown) loves this stiff track and can bring up a course hat-trick.

Robert Cowell's horses are running pretty well at the minute and this five-year-old gelding has actually shown signs in his last couple of runs that he is ready to strike again.

It was only in July when he won here over course and distance -beating the re-opposing Tinto by three quarters of a length despite giving him 12lbs.

Tinto now only gets 4lbs from the selection following a Bath win and, while plenty will favour Justanotherbottle after some good efforts at Goodwood and York, Jumira Bridge rates a confident choice.

He will run with a tongue tie this afternoon, which will help him, and with Oisin Murphy doing the steering, he is decent value at around 8/1.

In the feature of the afternoon, the Atalanta Stakes, all eyes will be on POSITIVE (3.35 Sandown), who chased home top-class prospect Pinatubo in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last time.

That certainly looks the strongest piece of form on offer considering Pinatubo is a clear favourite for next year's 2,000 Guineas and has looked imperious this season.

Prior to chasing Pinatubo home, Positive was an excellent winner of his maiden by five lengths at Salisbury and he can regain the winning thread today.

In the Bullet, TIS MARVELLOUS (3.15 Beverley) should have enough in hand on these terms to back up his Ascot win from July.

He clearly loves it around that track and Beverley is a unique track itself but if he handles it he should do the business with a bit in hand.

Finally, at home, MALBAS (5.10 Down Royal) is officially 8lbs well-in after winning the other day and he will take a fair bit of beating under a 6lbs penalty.

Ian’s tips

Sandown

1.50 jumira bridge

3.35 positive

Beverley

3.15 tis marvellous

Down Royal

5.10 malbas

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