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Sandown Tips - Four races covered on Brigadier Gerard Stakes day

  • We've published our tips for the four big races at Sandown on Thursday 27th May
  • The Brigadier Gerard Stakes card takes place at Sandown on Saturday evening
  • We've covered the three pattern races and the Whitsun Cup handicap
  • Ocean Wind, Extra Elusive and Epic Endeavour feature amongst our tips
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Extra Elusive ridden by Hollie Doyle wins The BetVictor Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock Park. (Getty)

Midweek viewers are in for a treat on Thursday evening, as Sandown stages their popular Brigadier Gerard Stakes card. Two Group races will get handed out tomorrow, along with a Listed prize and the Whitsun Cup handicap.

Let's dive straight into our Thursday evening racing tips.

Sandown Tips - Thursday 27th May


Race 2 - National Stakes Tips


Navello brings the best form into the race, and should have no trouble adapting to soft ground. One who I think has been overlooked in the market is LITTLE EARL, for one of the finest trainers of sprinters in the land, Robert Cowell.

After a decent third on debut, this son of Kodiac hacked up on soft ground at Catterick, pulling clear in the middle section of the race before staying on well to win comfortably. The second has since come out and won well herself, and Little Earl breeding suggests he could be very progressive as a juvenile. With three places available, 10/1 is an excellent price.

Race 3 - Henry II Stakes Tips


Ocean Wind6:50pm Sandown Coral Henry II Stakes (Group 3) 2mGET 11/10 HERE
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I'm all over OCEAN WIND who looked a really progressive stayer last season, and he's been unlucky to bump into some decent sorts this term. 

After being edged out in the closing stages by Rainbow Dreamer on his reappearance on the all-weather, Roger Teal's star has finished a length-and-a-half behind a future Group Two winner in Sir Ron Priestley, and come up just a length short of Stradivarius at Ascot. Ocean Wind finished ahead of Nayef Road that day, and I think he'll deal with testing ground better than his market rival.

Race 4 - Brigadier Gerard Stakes Tips


Extra Elusive7:25pm Sandown Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes (In Memory Of Joe Mercer) (Group 3) 1m2f GET 2/1 HERE
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Sangarius is all the rage in the betting after following Armory home at Chester. Yet, I fancy Hollie Doyle's mount, EXTRA ELUSIVE could have the favourite's number.

Roger Charlton's six-year-old attempted to make all on his reappearance here in the Gordon Richards Stakes. Although he eventually finished third, Extra Elusive still finished comfortably ahead of Hukum, who's since won a Listed race at Goodwood.

Doyle's mount has run well around Sandown on all three of his visits and showed, with a pair of Group Three victories in 2020, that he's more than capable of winning at this level. 

Race 5 - Coral Whitsun Cup Handicap (Class 3)


Epic Endeavour8:00pm Sandown Coral Whitsun Cup Handicap (Class 3) 1mGET 11/2 HERE
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I was really impressed with the progress EPIC ENDEAVOUR made in handicaps during the second half of his three-year-old season. William Muir's charge won three of his five starts in handicaps, including two impressive wins on soft ground at Chepstow and Winsdor.

Epic Endeavour now makes his reappearance off a career-high mark of 90, but he's well drawn out in seven and ground conditions will be to his liking. Jockey, Kieran Shoemark has been riding brilliantly of late, and I fancy there's plenty more improvement left in this likable gelding's locker.
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