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15:55 Sandown Park

Agfa Healthcare Stakes (fillies' Listed) (Class 1)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 14y
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £40,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 41.98s
  • Off Time: 15:56:45
  • 11 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
6/1

    3rd
    Silk -
    13/2

      1(8)
      Silk - Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves

      Visit

      274 BF
      6/1
      • Form 212D8-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 9-4
      • Official Rating 108

      mid-division, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, chased winner well inside final furlong, gaining near finish

      2(10)
      Silk - ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW stripe, YELLOW sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets and star on YELLOW cap
      25/1
      • Form 15-2767
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 90

      tracked leaders on inner to over 2f out, weakening when slightly hamperd on rail 2f out, no chance afterwards

      3(9)
      Silk - Red, White sash, Royal Blue cap

      Illusion

      17 D
      13/2
      • Form 3172
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 91

      led, pressed over 3f out to 2f out, kept on, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish

      4(2)
      Silk - White, black hoop and armlets, red cap, gold tassel
      22/1
      • Form 015
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 92

      steadied start, settled towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor

      5(1)
      Silk - Emerald Green, Royal Blue sleeves, White cap, Emerald Green spots
      • Form 31037-7
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 99

      behind, ridden, outpaced from 2f out

      6(3)
      Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap
      16/1
      • Form 17-40
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 95

      held up in rear, switched left over 1f out, stayed on steadily final furlong, nearest finish

      7(7)
      Silk - Black, Yellow cap
      2/1
      • Form 4-212
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 101

      tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 3f out, every chance 2f out, one pace from over 1f out

      8(6)
      Silk - Brown, White hooped sleeves, Red and White quartered cap
      9/1
      • Form 47-4185
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 95

      tracked leaders on outer, chased leader over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, held on well, driven out

      9(5)
      Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap
      8/1
      • Form 21-923
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 92

      mid-division, not clear run 2f out, kept on when clear over 1f out, not reached leaders

      10(4)
      Silk - Emerald Green, Red sash, Yellow sleeves and cap
      • Form 521
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 83

      mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no headway, outpaced over 1f out

      11(11)
      Silk - Grey, Dark Green seams and star on cap
      7/1
      • Form 246-120
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 103

      started very slowly, soon pushed along in rear, headway, edged right 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish

      In depth

      Verdict

      An interesting race which features the second, third, fifth and twelfth from the Listed Sandringham Handicap but we're going to take a chance with a filly coming out of maiden company - Soft Shoe Shuffle. Visit merits respect but can be taken on on her seasonal return conceding weight all round whilst Rosaleen emerges best at the weights of the Royal Ascot quartet but looks vulnerable and a couple that reoppose are open to more improvement. Sugar Mint failed to give her running in the Oaks but has won over a mile and should be a factor in this grade as should Melodramatic, who was strongly fancied to win her latest start at Newbury and this trip may well turn out to be her optimum. The selection has plenty to find on the book but has progressed with each start and won't be out of her depth. She may not have beaten all that much last time but the style in which she quickened clear was impressive and there's every chance that she'll be able to keep up the decent record of her family which includes the smart Leporello and Poppy Carew. She may be the lowest rated horse in the race but she can make her mark in this company and we can all celebrate by doing Walter Swinburn's Soft Shoe Shuffle.

      Formwatch

      Visit 11-4fav (8-12) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 7l behind Natagora (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.

      Comeback Queen 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 10l behind Classic Remark (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f lst fll stk (1) gs in Jun.

      Illusion 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders early, ridden to lead entering final 3f, stayed on well under pressure, pressed inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 16, nk behind Festivale (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.

      Kelowna (IRE) (8-11) Prominent, one pace final 2f, 5th of 7, 5l behind Azabara (8-11) at Saint-Cloud 1m stk in Jun.

      Lady Aquitaine (USA) 10-1 (8-12) In touch until weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 23l behind Clifton Dancer (8-12) at Warwick 7f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.

      Makaaseb (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Led after 1f and hampered rival on rail, headed inside final 3f, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 7l behind Festivale (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.

      Melodramatic (IRE) 5-2jt-fav (8-12) Held up, steady headway from over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final 2f, stayed on until headed final 75 yards, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Rosa Grace (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in Jun.

      Rosaleen (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up, not clear run approaching 2f out, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, not quicken, one pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Festivale (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.

      Shabiba (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Led until headed and hampered on rail after 1f, tracked leaders after, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Festivale (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.

      Soft Shoe Shuffle (IRE) 4-5fav (9-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, drew clear final 50 yards, pushed out, comfortably, won at Salisbury 1m 3yo mdn fll (5) gf in Jun beating Lambda (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.

      Sugar Mint (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 6th straight, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 16, 39l behind Look Here (9-0) at Epsom 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.