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Sandown preview: Coral Charge (14.00)

| 04.07.2015

Waady can take the step up into Group 3 company in his stride to land the 5f Coral Charge at Sandown (14.00), and maintain his unbeaten record at the Esher venue.

The John Gosen trained colt has an ultra-progressive profile and has won four of his six starts.

Three of those successes have come over course and distance, and Waady could not have been more impressive in the last of those when beating Profitable by two lengths in a Listed contest.

After being held-up off the pace travelling powerfully under a confident ride from Paul Hanagan, the son of Approve made smooth headway on the outside to take up the running a furlong from home before quickening clear in a matter of strides to put the race to bet.

Waady scored with far more in hand the the winning margin suggests, and it was a performance which suggested he should be up to making his mark at this level.

Although rated 4lb below main rival Mecca’s Angel, Waady is clearly on a serious upward curve and has proven form on fast ground.

Mecca’s Angel is a very talented sort, and a serious player of allowed to take her chance on the forecast fast ground.

The Michael Dodds trained mare looked a top sprinter in the making when winning four of her five starts last season, and confirmed that view on her seasonal reappearance when impressively landing a Group 3 contest at Longchamp.


Mecca’s Angel showed bags of pace to race up with the leaders on the outside before quickening to lead entering the final furlong and scooting clear to win by two lengths.

The form of that race reads well in the context of this contest, but Mecca’s Angel has to concede 6lb to Waady and would be better suited by some cut in the ground.

Another worthy of a mention is the Charlie Hills trained Salt island.

The colt looked an exciting prospect when easily landing a 6f handicap at Newmarket on return to action, and after running with credit in his next two starts posted a cracking effort last time out when fourth to Muharrar in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Salt Island ran on well to be beaten 4 1/2 lengths, and a fast run race over a stiff 5f may well suit the son of Exceed And Excel.

Coral’s top tip: Waady is well worth a wager in the Coral Charge.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.