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Pastorius set to eclipse big name claims

GERMAN raider Pastorius is fancied to spring a surprise at Sandown this weekend as he looks to upset the big guns in a renewal of the Coral-Eclipse.

Roger Charlton's Al Kazeem undoubtedly sets the standard in the 10-furlong feature following back-to-back Group One wins, most recently claiming Royal Ascot glory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

However, given he is turning out a little over a fortnight after that barnstorming triumph, there has to be a chance he will not be at his best.

Ascot second and third Mukhadram and The Fugue have obvious claims, but the former was given a brilliant front-running ride on that occasion and his opponents may be more alive to those tactics.

The Fugue should improve given that was her first run of the season, but she was ultimately well held and will need to raise her game.

Queen Anne hero Declaration Of War adds intrigue, but whether he will be as effective over this distance as he was over Ascot's mile is open to question, while the three-year-old Mars has talent but could come up short at the highest level for the fourth time.

Mario Hofer's Pastorius was a dual Group One winner in his homeland last year and his close-up third behind brilliant compatriot Danedream at Baden-Baden is evidence he can mix it against the best.

Spirit Quartz gets the nod in the Coral Charge, the main supporting race at Sandown.

Robert Cowell's speedball showed he is a potent force when things fall right when only narrowly beaten by Ortensia in last year's Nunthorpe.

The Andrew Balding-trained Roserrow can complete a course and distance hat-trick in the Coral Challenge, while Michael Stoute's exciting Goodwood scorer Integral is the choice in the Coral Distaff.

Ultra-consistent Irish mare Midnight Soprano is bound to go close in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

She appears adaptable when it comes to ground conditions and looks the solid choice.

Haydock's feature is followed by a typically competitive renewal of the bet365 Old Newton Cup, in which Luca Cumani's dual course winner Franciscan should go well following a couple of encouraging prep runs.

Tanawar can notch a deserved win in the C.G.I. In Memory of Audrey Moxon Handicap at Beverley, while Innocently is the best bet at Carlisle in the Compare Bookmakers With Bookmakers.co.uk Nursery Handicap.

The hat-trick seeking Thwart can emerge victorious in an interesting EBF Sliderobes Make Space Be Happy Fillies' Handicap at Leicester.

Those heading to Nottingham should side with Roger Varian's Tenor in the Lin & Dick Getting Close To Yo Handicap.


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