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Sandown tips and Wolverhampton bets: Frontiersman can power to glory

| 04.08.2016

David Metcalf | August 4, 2016

What are the best Sandown tips and Wolverhampton bets from the evening cards on August 4th? Coral horse racing experts run the rule over the action.

Frontiersman to turn on the style at Sandown

Frontiersman created a good impression when scoring last time out and can defy top weight to land the 1m 2f handicap at Sandown (19:20).

After shaping with plenty of promise when third on debut, the Charlie Appleby trained colt travelled strongly before showing a nice turn of foot of foot to beat Makzeem by 1 1/2 lengths in a 12-runner maiden at Newbury.

The runner-up has some solid form to his name going into the contest, has since come out and won at Windsor to be rated 87, and it was a most taking performance which suggested Frontiersman needed keeping onside.

An opening handicap mark of 90 does not look harsh given the manner of the victory, and Frontiersman is a half brother to the top class Australia and bred to be better than it.

Charlie Appleby

Appleby’s three-year-old also remains open to any amount of improvement and could well be a pattern performer in the making.

Another plus is that the yard is in good form and Frontiersman looks potentially a cut-above his rivals. He is thus among our Sandown tips and can take this en route to better things.

Commodore can cash-in on class drop

In the 7f handicap (19:55), Commodore looks decent value to score an overdue success now eased in grade.

This George Baker trainer gelding last won a maiden at Bath as a juvenile back in October 2014, but has posted some really solid efforts to make the frame in decent contests.

Commodore also comes into the race on the back of an eye-catching run in a competitive class 3 contest at Doncaster when keeping on nicely from off the pace to finish a never nearer two length fourth of 16 to Brazos.

That was the four-year-old’s first run after a 61-day break and the assessor has since been kind in dropping him 1lb to a mark of 85.

It makes Commodore look well-treated on the pick of his form if building on that effort, especially now dropped down into class 4 company.

Sandown tips

17.35: Palisade
18.10: Tadkhirah
18.45: Mount Moriah
19.20: Frontiersman (NAP)
19.55: Commodore (NB)
20.25: Fidelma Moon

Divisionist weighted to deliver at Wolverhampton

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Trainer Sir Michael Stoute has his meant in fine form, so Divisionist can capitalise on what looks a handy mark to provide him with another winner in the 1m handicap at Wolverhampton (20:50).

The colt has only had three starts and there was lots to like about his latest run at Leicester when fourth of 10 to Sabre Squadron in a hot maiden.

Divisionist tracked the leaders and held every chance two from home before weakening late on to be beaten just over six lengths and the form of the race has worked out really well.

The runner-up and third home have both come out and scored twice since to be rated 92 and 87 respectively, and that suggests an opening handicap mark of just 79 for the selection is extremely exploitable.

Divisionist also ran well on his previous start when runner-up over course and distance and this looks a golden opportunity for the son of Oasis Dream to open his account.

Lobster Cocktail looks a tasty punt

Also among our Wolverhampton bets is Lobster Cocktail, who disappointed last time out, but looks worth another chance to build on previous promise in the 7f handicap (19:40).

Race horse trainer ED WALKER.

The Ed Walker trained colt shaped well on debut when a not knocked about eighth of 13 to Frenchman at Lingfield, and went on to shape better than the bare result suggests – in hot races at Haydock and Newmarket won by the now 86 and 100-rated Lusory and Wilamina.

Lobster Cocktail was allotted a lowly opening mark of just 56 on the back of those efforts but failed to shine off it when a well-beaten 11th of 13 on handicap debut at Redcar over 1m 1f.

The three-year-old could never get competitive, but remains with potential and may have more to offer over this shorter trip.

Lobster Cocktail was also heavily backed and that suggests that connections believe they have a well handicapped sort on their hands who is better than what he has shown so far on the racecourse.

Wolverhampton bets

17.55: The Amber Fort
18.30: Tigserin
19.05: Placedela Concorde
19.40: Lobster Cocktail (NB)
20.15: Texas Katie
20.50: Divisionist (NAP)
21.20: Machine Learner


You’ll find horse racing tips in Coral’s dedicated section all year round.



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.