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Dramatic Sands set to shift at Lingfield

By Ashley Iveson

Dramatic Sands can notch his third win of the season in the Shard Solutions And Origin Nursery at Lingfield.

The Footstepsinthesand colt has presumably shown trainer Archie Watson plenty of ability at home from an early stage - because after filling the runner-up spot on his Yarmouth debut, he was chucked in at the deep end in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That Listed contest - won by the brilliant Pinatubo - proved too much too soon for Dramatic Sands, but he made the most of having his sights lowered to maiden company with a narrow victory at Chepstow on his next start.

He filled the runner-up spot on his first start in the handicap sphere at Windsor in August, but re-discovered the winning trail with a hard-fought success at Kempton just under a month ago.

Dramatic Sands renews rivalry with the runner-up on that occasion - Hexagon - and is fancied to confirm his superiority on Thursday.

Sheriffmuir should defy a lengthy absence in the Maiden Stakes.

John Gosden's inmate was a hot favourite for his racecourse debut at Newbury in July of last year, but ultimately had to make do with minor honours in third.

Hindsight tells us that was a decent effort - with the winner, Momkin, now rated 109 and the runner-up, Beat Le Bon, since winning four times to earn himself a mark of 110.

Sheriffmuir has presumably had his issues since, and is fitted with cheek-pieces on his return, but he could be a class above this field.

Leicester winner Amaan can follow up in the Read Silvestre De Sousa's Exclusive Blog EBF Novice Stakes.

The Simon Crisford-trained juvenile looked above average when making a successful start to his career at Leicester and he has been found a good opportunity to make it two from two under the mandatory penalty.

Tony Carroll has his horses in the rudest of health, so it is worth siding with Blue Venture in the Compare Bookmaker Sites At Nursery Handicap at Wolverhampton. She is far from a superstar, but has been running consistently well enough to suggest a small race is within her grasp.

Baptism cost Cheveley Park Stud 460,000 guineas, so Gosden will be hoping he can get a win out of him in the Weatherbys Stallion Book EBF Maiden Stakes at Chelmsford. The son of Sea The Stars was beaten into third place when favourite on his second start. But that was at Epsom, and he can be forgiven for not handling the undulating track.

Tom Lacey's point-to-point recruits are always of note, and the unbeaten Tea Clipper is therefore of interest in Warwick's Bet At "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle with champion jockey Richard Johnson on board.


CHELMSFORD: 5.30 My Poem, 6.00 Two Hearts, 6.30 Baptism, 7.00 Angel's Whisper, 7.30 Buckingham, 8.00 Sir Hector, 8.30 Broughton Excels.

CLONMEL: 1.45 Gun Merchant, 2.20 Whatucallher, 2.55 Lilly Geal, 3.25 Live Every Day, 4.00 Demi Plie, 4.30 Robin On The Hill, 5.00 Lady Of Elysium.

LINGFIELD: 1.40 Delicate Kiss, 2.10 DRAMATIC SANDS (NAP), 2.45 Sheriffmuir, 3.15 Amaan, 3.50 Black Medick, 4.20 Devil Or Angel, 4.55 Gavlar.

WARWICK: 2.00 Tea Clipper, 2.35 Flinck, 3.05 Ballymoy, 3.40 Stony Stream, 4.10 Molly Childers, 4.45 Sid Hoodie, 5.20 Arcadian Spring.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.10 Blue Venture, 5.45 Desert Land, 6.15 Dream House, 6.45 Twin Appeal, 7.15 Born To Frolic, 7.45 Enzo, 8.15 Zero To Hero.

DOUBLE: Dramatic Sands and Sheriffmuir

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