Saturday horse racing tips: Magical to overturn favourite in Saturday’s Carol-Eclipse
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Saturday horse racing tips: Magical to overturn favourite in Saturday’s Carol-Eclipse

August 18, 2019


  Saturday’s feature Coral-Eclipse (3.35pm) at Sandown sees the eagerly-anticipated return of dual Arc heroine Enable who is chasing a tenth successive victory   John Gosden’s stable star will clearly be difficult to beat and is an odds-on poke, but Cashel conjuror Aidan O’Brien might just have a trick up his sleeve courtesy of another flying filly Magical (11/4) who was a mere three-quarters of a length behind the ‘jolly’ in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf   Connections will have been disappointed that she was beaten last time in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot , especially as she was sent off favourite, but it was no disgrace to just find Crystal Ocean too powerful as that rival has been knocking on the top table for a long time   Magical was after a four-timer herself that day and has already mustered two top-class successes, including a sensational seven length win in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh on her penultimate start   Not many horses win a Group 1 event by that margin and the reason that she might just be a bit of value at around 3-1 is that she is match fit having already been seen in public on four occasions this term   In contrast Enable , while probably a better horse than the fancy, is having her first outing for 245 days which might just leave her vulnerable at the first time of asking and it’s worth remembering she was beaten on her seasonal debut as a three-year-old   Haydock hosts the Lancashire Oaks (2.40pm) and Klassique (3/1) might just be a bit too good for her rivals, especially as dashing Danny Tudhope, who is currently riding out of his skin, gets the leg up   William Haggas’s charge comfortably mastered the opposition over course and distance in the Pinnacle Stakes last month and although that came on heavy ground, the beauty of this filly is she appears to act on any terrain having won on a fast surface during her Classic year   Klassique may have been denied before that by Enbihaar, who reopposes this weekend, but canny Haggas then outpointed that one with Dramatic Queen, also in the field, at York and it’s interesting that he goes again with Klassique who may be one of those fillies who improve at a rate of knots   Sandown’s card kicks off with the Coral Charge (1.50pm) which can go the way of Rumble Inthejungle (10/1) who has the assistance of Italian stallion Frankie Dettori in the saddle   This one wasn’t good enough last time in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but that was his first run for a long time and even though he was third to Ten Sovereigns in the six-furlong Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last year, he’s arguably better over this minimum trip   With 17 combatants Haydock’s Old Newton Cup (3.15pm) is one of those handicaps punters love to try and solve and the answer could be Lucius Tiberius (11/1) He went down a fag paper to the favourite at York in May.

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