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Sandown preview: Brando ready to take Charge

| 01.07.2016

David Metcalf | July 1, 2016

Brando to take centre stage in Coral Charge

Brando has a progressive profile and can take the step up into Group 3 company in his stride to land the Coral Charge at Sandown (14:00).

The Kevin Ryan trained gelding scored in terrific style on return to action at Newmarket, travelling powerfully throughout before surging clear to score by 3 1/4 lengths.


It was a performance which suggested Brando was a sprinter who needed keeping firmly onside, and that view was confirmed when he finished an unlucky second of 17 to Duke Of Firenze at York.

After being slowly away, Brando found himself well off the pace before coming with a real rattle to be beaten just 3/4 of a length.

Cracking run in Wokingham

The four-year-old backed that up with a cracking head second in the ultra-competitive Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot, where he looked all over the winner two from home when challenging on the bridle before getting chinned close home.

Judge on those efforts, the son of Pivotal should be well up to making his mark in this company, and Brando looks the type who should have plenty more to offer.

With Tom Eaves in the saddle, he can take this en route to even better things.

Spirit Quartz a big player


Spirit Quartz has some top class form to his name and looks sure to go well.

The Robert Cowell trained eight-year-old won a Group 2 at Chantilly back in 2013, and finished a fine third to Waady in this contest 12 months ago.

Spirit Quartz also ran very well when a one length fourth of 21 to subsequent Group 1 winner Profitable on seasonal reappearance in the Palace House Stakes at Doncaster, and comes into the contest on the back of a confidence-boosting success in a Listed race at Naas in the hands of leading Irish jockey Pat Smullen.

Judge on those runs the veteran commands plenty of respect, especially with Smullen once again in the saddle, but he could be vulnerable to an improver and Brando fits that bill.


You’ll find more Sandown tips from Coral-Eclipse day on our dedicated page.

Coral’s top tip: Brando looks a sprinter going places and can get the better of veteran Spirit Quartz to land a competitive Coral Charge.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.