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2021 Gordon Richards Stakes Tips - 9/2 shot can Huk another Group Three on Sandown return
- We've published our tips for the 2021 Gordon Richards Stakes
- This Group Three headlines the action at Sandown on Friday 23rd April
- Highest Ground tops the betting at Sandown
- Hukum is our best bet at 9/2 with bet365
Jim Crowley riding Hukum (blue) win The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury Racecourse. (Getty)
Sandown stages the bet365 Mile on Friday afternoon. However, given how dominant Palace Pier is in the betting for that Grade Two, the most intriguing race at Sandown looks set to be the Gordon Richards Stakes.
We've taken a look through the field for this important race and picked out our best betting tips.
2021 Gordon Richards Stakes Odds
2021 Gordon Richards Stakes Tips
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Highest Ground comfortably got the better of Waldkonig when the two met at Haydock last season. Sir Michael Stoute's charge was then beaten a neck by Thunderous in the Dante at York, before ending his season with a poor outing on soft ground at Newmarket.
All three have to be respected in this open, enthralling race. Highest Ground, as many of Sir Michael's horses do, is sure to progress as a four-year-old. Thunderous has been campaigned unusually lightly at two and three, and Mark Johnston has handed his star some lofty entries during the first half of the season. Waldkonig has already come out and won well at Pontefract, and could still be open to further improvement.
Extra Elusive improved with running last season, but still cannot be completely discounted. Roger Charlton's six-year-old could attempt to make the running under Hollie Doyle.
Winter Reprise secured some decent results when trying to make all in France in the Autumn, and he too is likely to go forward, and ensure the hold-up horses have an honest pace to aim at.
The one I'm really keen to side with is HUKUM, who impressed last season, despite showing signs of inexperience and immaturity.
Owen Burrow's charge stayed on from the rear to end his juvenile campaign with an eye-catching victory at Kempton. On his return last year, Hukum out-fought his rivals to win the competitive King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, before powering clear to win the Geoffrey Freer Stakes by two lengths at Newbury.
An outing in the St Leger followed and, although he didn't really challenge, Hukum did himself justice. Jim Crowley's mount broke well from a tricky stall and travelled into the race powerfully. When push came to shove, though, Hukum just couldn't find that extra gear, coasting over the line a four-length fifth.
Hukum's half-brother, Kasbaan produced the best performances of his career during the first half of his four-year-old season. He's also by top sire Sea The Stars, whose progeny are known for progressing well as they get older.
Some may worry about this drop back to ten furlongs. But I'm hoping to see a strong, more settled Hukum enter the stalls at Sandown, and his pedigree suggests he'll be challenging for top honours over 10 and 12 furlongs during 2021.