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Crackerjack King, Morawij, Farhaan vying for Sandown glory

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On Saturday, punters will get to choose among a variety of flat horses competing in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park. In particular, Crackerjack King (trained by Marco Botti) has won seven of his eight racecourse starts including the Italian Derby.

“Crackerjack King . . . is in very good form . . . . With regards jockeys we will be using Ryan Moore or Frankie Dettori depending on Sir Michael Stoute and Godolphin running plans,” said Botti in a statement on Sandown’s website. He is the former protege of Italian training legend Luca Cumani.

There’s an added betting consideration. Botti is on a hot streak after claiming the British Stallion Studs/BHEST E.B.F. Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth on Thursday. Botti’s Hasopop (5-1 odds), and rider Andrea Atzeny, edged out Ajmany (10-11) by half a length.

Morawij will vie for a win in the Group Three five furlong event after a spirited effort at Royal Ascot. The Roger Varian-trained horse finished fourth in the Norfolk Stakes, and made his debut at Haydock in May.

Other horses competing on Saturday include the venerable Farhaan, a three-year-old groomed by John Dunlop. "Farhaan has only had one run this season because of the soft ground, he doesn't like it. I thought he ran a very good race at Newmarket first time, that was a good contest and he just appeared to blow up after his long layoff," owner Angus Gold told attheraces.com.

Monterosso, the 2012 Dubai World Cup winner, will also compete at the one mile two furlong race, along with her majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Carlton House.

The Ladies Day, one of the most fashionable events in the horse racing calendar, takes place on Friday at 2:20 p.m. This year, the Best Dressed Ladies Competition will be judged by Strictly Come Dancing's Ola Jordan.

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