Racing: Thursday preview

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Tryster can light up Sandown on what is unquestionably the best evening of racing in Britain staged during the season.

The Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old faces the acid test of his capabilities in the Cantor Fitzgerald Research Brigadier Gerard Stakes and looks set to pass with flying colours.

His followers are banking on him translating his all-weather form to turf, but such has been his progression on Polytrack it is logical to believe he can do just that.

Starting from a mark of 87 in a Chelmsford handicap in January, the Shamardal gelding has rattled off five straight wins - and looked particularly smart in the Winter Derby and on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

The turn of foot he demonstrated when quickening from last to first marked him down as a high-class animal for any surface.

A favourable weather forecast suggests the Esher terrain will ride quick and that should suit perfectly.

The Cantor Fitzgerald Corporate Finance Heron Stakes is a fascinating affair, with preference for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Consort.

He has been on a racetrack just once, when winning a maiden on the Rowley Mile in September when subsequent UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij was only fifth.

Making all in the hands of Ryan Moore, the Lope De Vega colt was firmly in command at the finish.

Considered a genuine Guineas/Derby prospect heading into this season, a setback held him up and scuppered those plans, but Royal Ascot beckons if all goes to plan from here.

It takes a brave man to oppose Richard Hannon in the Cantor Fitzgerald Debt Capital Markets National Stakes but there are reasons for doing just that with Areen from the Kevin Ryan yard. Ryan well knows how to handle a speedy two-year-old and the vibes for this one were very good in the wake of his debut success from useful dual winner Ravenhoe at York.

* Selections -

Haydock: 1.50 Count Montecristo, 2.20 Saturn Lace, 2.50 Hyland Heather, 3.20 Eltezam, 3.50 Signore Piccolo, 4.20 Retro Valley, 4.50 Merchant Of Medici.

Sandown: 6.00 Correggio, 6.35 Areen, 7.10 Vent De Force, 7.45 TRYSTER (NAP), 8.15 Consort, 8.45 Tigers Tale.

Lingfield: 2.00 Down To Earth, 2.30 Skidby Mill, 3.00 New Style, 3.30 Ejbaar, 4.00 Ryan Style, 4.30 Rampers, 5.00 Injun Sands, 5.30 My Anchor.

Wetherby: 5.40 Antilope Du Seuil, 6.10 One For Hocky, 6.45 Ballykan, 7.20 The Purchaser, 7.55 Cut The Corner, 8.25 Ockey De Neulliac, 8.55 Samedi Soir.

Worcester: 2.10 Double Silver, 2.40 Heurtevent, 3.10 Battle Master, 3.40 Tanerko Emery, 4.10 Gioia Di Vita, 4.40 Goodoldhonkytonk, 5.10 Colley Row.

Double: Tryster and Consort.