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Sandown Preview: Vino and Moore a vintage combination

Alex Vino looks to hold outstanding claims of providing in-form jockey Ryan Moore with another winner in the 1m 2f handicap on this afternoon’s six-race card at Sandown (3.40).

The Sir Michael Stoute trained colt shaped with plenty of promise on debut as a juvenile when finishing third at Newmarket, before showing a good attitude to beat Dursey Island by a short-head in a mile maiden at Lingfield last September.

That win suggested that Alex Vino would make up into a decent handicapper this season, and the well-bred son of High Chaparall confirmed that view when a promising fourth to Montaly on seasonal reappearance at Leicester.

The three-year-old looked in need of the race, his first for 192 days, and after racing prominently before taking up the running two from home weakened late to be beaten by 1 3/4 lengths.

It was an effort which suggested Alex Vino should be more than capable of victories off a mark of 80 and, with that run under his belt, this looks a nice opportunity for him to get back to winning ways.

Snow Squall landed a gamble in style last time out, and can make light of a 6lb penalty to follow-up in the 1m 6f handicap (2.30).

The gelding was a smart sort as a juvenile when trained by Charlie Appleby, winning on debut at Haydock before finishing an excellent third to the now 115-rated Shifting Power at Newmarket.

Now in the care of Mark Johnston, the son of Dansili put some poor runs behind him at Hamilton last week when surging clear to score by 2 3/4 lengths off a mark of 75. So, given the manner of that success it’s no surprise to see connections turn Snow Squall out quickly before the handicapper has his say.

The three-year-old was rated as high as 85 last season, so even with a penalty he is still 4lb below that mark and potentially very well-treated.

Alonsoa created a huge impression when scoring on debut and is going to be tough to beat in the Listed fillies’ 7f contest (3.05).

The daughter of Raven’s Pass, who is a half-sister to smart Group 3 winner Alanza, showed an impressive turn of foot to beat Abaq by 2 1/4 lengths in a 12-runner contest at Newbury, and the runner-up has since bolted-up at Kempton to give the form a solid look.

It was a performance which marked Alonsoa out as a potentially very smart prospect, and her trainer Henry Candy stated after the Newbury race that he believed there was plenty more improvement to come.

If that is the case, then Alonsoa should be up to winning this before going on to even better things.

Selections:
2.00: Profitable
2.30: Snow Squall
3.05: Alonsoa (NB)
3.40: Alex Vino (NAP)
4.15: Tercel
4.50: Global Leader