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SANDOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL | Three Value Picks to consider for Day 1

An unexposed colt, a progressing mare and a versatile gelding make up the trio of selections on the opening day of the Coral Summer Festival at Sandown

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The first day of the Coral Summer Festival kicks off this afternoon, with a six-race card on offer for punters at Sandown.

Action gets underway at 2:20 with the Listed Dragon Stakes and concludes with a one-mile handicap at 5:10.

Our team have taken a look through Friday’s card in the hope of hunting down some value.

Here are three selections to consider for the first day of the Coral Summer Festival.

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Gloucestershire – 4:05 Sandown (7/1 – bet365)

After scoring on his debut at 22/1, Gloucestershire is stepped up in class in hope of landing some black type in the Listed Gala Stakes.

The colt is well-respected by his trainer Martyn Meade and he did hold an entry for the Derby after winning cosily at Kempton in a 1m3f maiden back in December.

Martyn Meade
Martyn Meade holds an interesting colt in Gloucestershire

This is a much tougher assignment this time out but he does hold weight against all his rivals and he could push into the frame at a decent price.

Dance To Paris – 4:40 Sandown (10/1 – bet365)

A mare that could well be sitting at a dangerous mark, Dance To Paris could strike in the1m6f Handicap for Lucy Wadham.

The six-year-old has slowly progressed through the ratings and she should handle the trip and ground here.

Lucy Wadham Trainer
Lucy Wadham will be hoping to see Dance In Paris return to winning ways

Experienced jockey Ryan Moore is booked in to take the ride and she could well be a good each-way shout in this contest.

Moxy Mares – 5:10 Sandown (14/1 – BetVictor)

Moxy Mares may not have claimed success in over three years, but the six-year-old has slumped to a winnable mark in recent months.

Mark Loughanane’s recruit finished a respectable second at Kempton back in December when 5lbs higher and is now a whopping 15lbs below his last winning mark.

He should handle the slower ground here and his price of 14/1 screams each-way value in this company.

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