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16:00 Sandown Park

One Big Saturday Concert 18th August Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class 5)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 14y
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £7,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 50.11s
  • Off Time: 16:03:13
  • 6 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
1(4)
Silk - Royal blue
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12

took keen hold in 5th, effort to chase leaders 3f out, ridden 2f out and soon beaten, just held on to hold moderate 3rd

2(6)
Silk - Black and White (halved), sleeves reversed, Red cap
13/8
  • Form 2-4763
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12
  • Official Rating 79

soon tracking winner, driven along over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, eased when held final furlong

3(2)
Silk - Royal Blue, White disc, White cap
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12

held up last, pushed along straight, stayed on final 2f to press for 3rd near finish but no chance with front pair

4(3)
Silk - BLACK, RED striped sleeves, check cap
33/1
  • Form 874-0
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12
  • Official Rating 65

took keen hold early, settled in 3rd, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out

5(1)
Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap
5/4
  • Form 542
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12
  • Official Rating 79

made all, quickened over 1f out, well in command final furlong, eased near finish

6(5)
Silk - Mcalpine tartan, gold cap
50/1
  • Form 08
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12

chased leaders in 4th, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened

In depth

Verdict

Safwa looks a stand-out bet in this maiden and she is preferred to Fidelia and Evening Affair. This filly from the Sir Michael Stoute yard sets the standard for the rest on her recent close second behind Alo Pura at Ascot. She had Fidelia a neck back in third that day but she looks the type who has plenty of scope for improvement and she should be hard to beat. Evening Affair could be the fly in the ointment for both Safwa and Fidelia as this Godolphin newcomer certainly looks the part on breeding and the market will be a guide to her chance. It will be a surprise if any of the others are good enough and that returns us to Safwa as the one to beat.

Formwatch

Evening Affair Kingmambo filly, half-sister to 6f-7f winner Poseidon's Bride.

Fidelia (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on strongly towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Alo Pura (9-0) at Ascot 1m 3yo mdn fll (4) gs in Jul.

Miss Habershon Baryshnikov filly out of a moderate racemare.

Regal Curtsy 25-1 (8-12) Always behind, last of 13, 8l behind Blue Bamboo (8-13) at Lingfield 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (5) pol in Apr.

Safwa (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent in chasing group and soon chased clear leader, closed to lead over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, rallied near finish, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Alo Pura (9-0) at Ascot 1m 3yo mdn fll (4) gs in Jul.

Southside Star 50-1 (8-9) Led 1f, led again 8f out, ridden and headed 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 48l behind Alaghiraar (9-0) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft in Jul.