Sandown preview: Jubiloso holds all the aces in Atalanta Stakes

Published on: August 29, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore team up again in the 2019 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown with Jubiloso

Now stepped back up to 1m, Jubiloso looks a worthy 11/10 favourite with Ladbrokes to get back to winning ways in the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown on Saturday (15:00).

This Sir Michael Stoute trained three-year-old filly looked a top notch prospect when making a winning debut at Chelmsford, where she showed a good turn of foot under a hands and heels ride to impressively beat Dominus by 2 3/4 lengths.

The Khalid Abdullah owned beautifully bred daughter of Shamardal, whose dam Joyeuse is a half-sister to wonder-horse Frankel, then bolted up by seven lengths at Newbury without having to come out of second gear.

Jubiloso was then pitched into Group 1 company and ran a cracker when third of nine to Watch Me in the Coronation Stakes over 1m at Royal Ascot.

After racing in midfield, she stayed on well to be beaten just 2 1/2 lengths without ever being able to challenge the winner.

Clear of Atalanta Stakes field on official ratings

Jubiloso finished just a length behind the runner-up Hermosa, who had previously landed the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, so it was a terrific effort for one so inexperienced.

Although turned over when dropped in class and sent of the even money favourite for the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes over 7f at Glorious Goodwood nothing went to plan.

Jubiloso raced keenly in midfield and was making headway when denied a clear run two from home. Ryan Moore than had to pull her back and switch out wide to get a run.

When she did see daylight, Jubiloso then powered home to finish a never nearer one length third of 17 to Billesdon Brook.

Given how the race panned out, she lost little in defeat and the extra furlong in this is sure to play to her strengths.

An official rating of 110 also gives Jubiloso 5lb and upwards in hand on her eight Atalanta Stakes rivals, so this looks a glorious opportunity for her to get back on the scoresheet and provide Stoute with a seventh winner of the race.

Look Around feared more in Atalanta Stakes than Duneflower

The John Gosden trained Duneflower, who can be backed at 7/2 with William Hill, is a progressive sort who comes into the contest in the back of a career best effort when beating Look Around by three-quarters of a length in the Listed 1m Valiant Stakes at Ascot.

There was lots to like about the way in which she got the job done that day, but this does demand more and at the odds on offer she looks plenty short enough.

Indeed, a case can be made for the runner-up turning the tables in the Atalanta Stakes. Trained by Andrew Balding, Look Around was having her first run back following a break and looked the likely winner until tiring close home.

Prior to that, this three-year-old daughter of Classic winner Kingman had shaped well in two starts this season.

In the first of those over 7f at Newmarket, Look Around finished off strongly to be nearest at the finish and a 3 1/4 lengths fourth of 11 to Qabala in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes.

The run earned her a crack at the 1000 Guineas at headquarters, and she was far from disgraced in finishing a 6 1/2 lengths ninth of 15 to Hermosa in the fillies’ Classic.

The form of those races read well in relation to this and another plus is that Look Around has course winning form to her name.

So, at odds of 8/1 with Betfair, she looks a bit overpriced and could well give Jubiloso most to think about.

Positive the Solario punt

The other Group 3 on a cracking card is the 7f Solario Stakes for two-year-old colts (15:35).

Positive brings the strongest form into the contest, so now dropped in class looks the one to be on at odds of 13/8 with Betfred.

Trained by Clive Cox, this Alan Spence owned son of Dutch Art looked an above average sort when winning on debut at Salisbury back in June.

After tracking the leaders travelling powerfully, Positive was produced to take up the running at the furlong marker and forged clear to easily beat Hexagon by five lengths.

The runner-up has won since, whilst the third home Owney Madden – who was beaten a total of 8 3/4 lengths – has gone on to bag a brace of successes.

That gives the form a solid look. Positive has since run very well in defeat when chasing home Pinatubo in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Although no match for the easy winner – the best juvenile seen out so far this season – Positive stuck to the task well and has nothing to fear from the re-opposing Visinari, who finished 8 1/2 length behind him in fourth.

A repeat of that effort is going to make him very hard to beat in this lower grade affair and Positive is a scopey sort who remains open to stacks of improvement.

His handler also does well with his runners at the Esher venue, so there is nothing not to like about the chances of Positive.

Eeh Bah Gum each-way value in sprint opener

In the 5f sprint handicap that gets proceedings underway (13:50), the Tim Easterby trained Eeh Bah Gum looks weighted to run a big race.

This four-year-old progressed throughout last season when winning five times.​ The last of those came at York he broke smartly and made all to win unchallenged by 1 1/2 lengths from Fool For You off a mark of 83.​

Although yet to get his head in front in six starts this season, Eeh Bah Gum has also posted some very solid efforts in defeat in hot handicaps.

They include when a keeping on 1 3/4 lengths fourth of 21 to stable companion Copper Knight in a 21-runner affair at York off a rating of 88.​

Eeh Bah Gum also ran well off the same rating when a three-quarters of a length fourth of 19 to Ornate in the valuable Epson Dash when denied a clear run at a vital stage and finishing off strongly.

He backed that up with a fine fourth of 13 to Fool For You in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle – again off 88 – and is now able to race off 87. That entitles Eeh Bah Gum to be very competitive.

The booking of the in-form Paul Hanagan, who is operating at a 38 per cent strike rate in the last fortnight at the time of writing, to partner him for the first time is an eye-catching one.

Easterby has also had just two runners at Sandown in the last two years, one which won, so the fact that he is sending Eeh Bah Gum down on the long trip from Yorkshire also speaks volumes.

At odds of 14/1 with Paddy Power, he makes plenty of each-way appeal.