Chagatai up for National service

Trainer Clive Cox saddles Chagatai in the National Stakes

Views from connections ahead of the Better Odds With Matchbook National Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

Some of the best two-year-olds seen this year clash in the National Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

Four of the five runners are previous winners and the one who comes out on top is sure to be towards the head of the betting for the various juvenile races at Royal Ascot.

With no Richard Hannon representative this year, with that yard having produced six of the last 10 winners, Clive Cox is hoping Chagatai can add his name to the roll of honour after he overcame trouble in running to claim victory on his debut at Bath.

Cox told Racing UK: "He was bumped at the start and was in a pocket so had to be taken back off heels to go round.

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"Normally when one of those things happen you'd be excusing a horse, but he showed a very pleasing turn of foot and we like him a lot.

"I'm not sure he'd want the ground too soft but I'm pleased that he's strengthened since that win.

"He knew his job and showed that first time up. He's energetic in the mornings and we need to keep a lid on at home, which is why he hasn't run back too quickly.

"I'm not sure he'd want another furlong as he's all speed at the moment."

Charlie Appleby has enjoyed a great run of form with his juveniles and his Sound And Silence created a favourable impression when he made a winning debut at Newmarket.

Frozen Angel made no show in that same Newmarket race for Tom Dascombe but had obviously learned plenty from that as he then bolted up in a valuable event at Ascot.

Karl Burke speaks highly of Nottingham winner Havana Grey, while the only maiden in the race is James Tate's Haddaf.

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