Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Take Tullius at Sandown

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Take Tullius at Sandown

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RACE fitness could give Tullius the edge in what is a barnstorming renewal of the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.

With the Craven meeting at Newmarket now behind us, the Flat season is in full flow and the first fixture on the level in Esher is arguably the best of the year so far.

A field of five go to post for the opening Pattern race of the afternoon, with Tullius the only participant to have shown his well being already this term after making a successful return in last month's Doncaster Mile.

Last season he filled the runner-up spot in the Lincoln on Town Moor before winning the bet365 Mile on this afternoon, and similar progress should be expected.

Andrew Balding's charge will be tackling a mile and a quarter for only the second time, with his previous attempt almost four years ago, but that should be a help rather than a hindrance, particularly with the ground set to be lively.

Cannock Chase, not seen since winning at Royal Ascot last June, Postponed and Western Hymn all look set for exciting seasons, but Tullius, who acquitted himself well at the top level on a number of occasions in 2014, looks the best call on this occasion. …

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