Timeform best bets - Haydock and Sandown
Timeform bring you three bets from Saturday’s action at Haydock and Sandown…
This six-furlong minor event may not look an easy puzzle to solve at first glance, but with several that like to race prominently in opposition it could be set up for the useful Dubawi Sound, who has been largely consistent since justifying market support to win over seven furlongs at Newcastle last year. The lightly-raced Dubawi Sound, third in a Meydan handicap over this trip in February, shaped as if better for the run after four months off when mid-field in the 27-runner Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot last time and hails from a yard among the winners, so a big run can be expected.
Godolphin’s Albasharah may have lost her unbeaten record when finishing fifth in the listed Wolverton Handicap at Royal Ascot, but she was badly hampered at a crucial stage there and remains very much one to keep on side. Despite that defeat – where she started clear favourite at 3/1 – Albasharah is actually Timeform top-rated for the Lancashire Oaks, as well as being the only filly in the field who still has a ‘p’ attached to her rating, denoting her potential for further improvement. With the step up to a mile and a half expected to suit this rangy half-sister to Group 1 winner White Moonstone, Albasharah can make a successful transition into Group company and give trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Silvestre de Sousa their first wins in the race. John Gosden has saddled the last two winners of the Lancashire Oaks and his Gallipot can chase our selection home.
Caucus is likely to be popular in the listed ‘Marathon’ after chasing home future Gold Cup heroine Estimate in the Sagaro Stakes on his return, but we fancy the chances of progressive four-year-old Biographer. The David Lanigan-trained Biographer looked a top staying prospect himself last year, responding generously when winning a handicap at Ffos Las and a listed race at Ascot, and impressed to such an extent that he made the final fifty in our ‘Horses To Follow 2013’ publication. Biographer’s return fourth to Tiger Cliff in a handicap at Newmarket in May is strong form (runner-up de Rigeur won comfortably next time) and should have put him spot on for this, with the two-mile trip he faces expected to bring out the best in him.