Boys in blue can strike at Sandown

If we feel there’s something of note happening during the day – ‘we’ being the Betfred columnists at HQ – then henceforth we’ll be flagging it up accordingly.

Reckon you can never have enough opinions and advice from which to make sound judgements of your own, so we’ll be chipping in on a fairly regular basis in a bid to add to the fun for us, and far more importantly, you.

The standard has been set courtesy of my colleague Alan’s winner yesterday to kickstart this new feature, so the pressure is on me this morning to find you all another.

I’ve landed on one at Sandown this afternoon, in the 2.55 – and that’s One Nation, trading at 7/4 at time of writing, for the all-conquering Charlie Appleby-William Buick duo.

This two-year-old son of Dubawi is clearly well-regarded amongst Godolphin’s brigade of high-class juveniles, given he went off 5/4 joint-favourite alongside a good one of John & Thady Gosden’s on debut at Yarmouth in May.

He was actually beaten just over two lengths by his stablemate Naval Power, who has since gone on to frank the form, and his market rival that day – but given his evident inexperience and the quality of opposition I thought it was a very respectable run indeed.

He was again turned over, this time as an odds-on favourite, next time out, but his race was practically over within the first furlong as One Nation broke slowly and was given far too much to do to reel in the winner.

That was another promising run given the circumstances, and if the pieces fit together here today alongside natural improvement, I think he sets a high standard for this field of unraced and once-raced rivals to achieve.

Fingers crossed the boys in blue can give us another winner this afternoon!

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Owen McMahon

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