Sandown Heron Stakes Racing Odds & Tips – 20th May 2021

Heron Stakes racing odds, tips and preview for Thursday's run at Sandown

Horse Racing Betting

The Heron Stakes from Sandown on Thursday evening is the big race of Thursday’s UK action.

Strong claims are running deep in this 7-runner field.

The Heron Stakes racing odds preview takes a look at this fixture which is a Listed one, ran over a 1m trip.

Heron Stakes Racing Odds

Highland Avenue 13/8
Mostahdaf 7/2
Mithras 3/1
Nanda Parrado 7/1
Bullace 9/1
Imperial Sands 16/1
Invincible Swagger 80/1
* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes)

Horse Racing Betting at Ladbrokes

Highland Avenue the 13/8 FAV in Heron Stakes odds

The race favourite for the Heron Stakes odds is HIGHLAND AVENUE at 13/8* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

He completed a hattrick last time out, getting a score in the Feilden at Newmarket, a good strong workout that was.

Based on that form, he is the one to beat. But this is a strong field that he is up against and could be a super-stiff test.

That last run for Highland Avenue saw him move into Listed company for the first time. He handled it well.

What could work against him in this contest now however is the ground.

Highland Avenue has not handled the soft stuff before. His pedigree doesn’t hint that he’s going fancy a slog with ground that has some give.



Most Ahdaf in with a shout

MOSTAHDAF brings serious claims to the table for the Herson Stakes racing odds. He is a quote of 7/2 for the score* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

The son of Frankel should take to the ground better than the favourite, we feel. Mostahdaf will be defending his unbeaten career record, having won his first two runs.

The most recent of those was at Kempton 45 days ago. Another thing on his side is that he is from a yard that has won the last two editions of this.

He is definitely in with a big shout.

Mithras looks for the hattrick

MITHRAS opened his account at the third time of asking last year. That opening victory came on the all-weather.

On his reappearance, he was thrown in a strong contest, a Newbury handicap at 7f. He certainly made his presence felt there, getting the score by a neck.

The extra bit of trip could help him out in this one and definitely rates a threat for John Gosden. He is going to have more on his plate to deal with.

But at the same time, he looks as if he could transition well to the higher grade.

Mithras is a respected 3/1 option in Heron Stakes Racing Odds* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

Bullace underrated for the contest?

Coming in at a quote of 9/1 is BULLACE in Heron Stakes racing odds* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

He looks a little underestimated at that quote in our eyes. On his reappearance, Bullace took a win at Newmarket, scoring in a handicap field of ten.

That was another good progressive outgoing from him. It also built on back to back wins from the end of his juvenile campaign.

So we think that Bullace has a lot to offer, although, like many of these, the ground could be testing for him.

But the form from that recent 1m Newmarket score has been boosted since, giving Bullace stronger claims perhaps than he’s given credit for.

Nando Parrado not out of the question

There is an interesting player in NANDO PARRADO for the Heron Stakes. He will be swinging back into action following a fourth-place finish in the Greenham on his return.

That was a 7f trip, so is coming up an extra furlong here. Nanda Parrado is perhaps the one in the field who will enjoy plenty of give in the ground.

He was seen in testing conditions over in France. Last year he was second twice in Group 1 fixtures in France and that followed wins in the UK at Coventry and Royal Ascot.

Nando Parrado is a 7/1 option and not totally out of the equation, but the concern will be over his 1m stamina* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

Imperial Day still has something to offer

IMPERIAL DAY was thrown into a Newmarket Group 3 contest on his latest run. That was well beyond him at the end of the day but could have been a valuable experience for connections.

Imperial Day scored on his debut at Kempton over a 1m trip and back at the same venue for a follow-up, found only Mostahdaf too good.

So the credentials are there, although this looks like a tough ask of him. That lack of ability in his Group 3 effort perhaps is the clearest indicator.

Imperial Sands is a 16/1 quote* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

Too much for Invincible Swagger?

As an 80/1 shot this looks to be too big of an ask for INVINCIBLE SWAGGER to push for the win* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

He gets the blinkers on for the first time, but it’s asking a lot for that along to bring the improvement that he needs.

There hasn’t been too much progress from him since scoring on his debut at Kempton in January. Others appeal a lot more.

Predictions & Tips for Heron Stakes Racing Odds

We think that BULLACE is well worth a look at 9/1* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

He readily completed a hattrick on his reappearance and the form from that has been well franked, so he could have a say in this one.

There are so many with strong claims here. MOSTAHDAF looks like an obvious one at 11/4* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

As the son of Frankel has landed short odds in his two runs this Spring and looks to have a lot more in the tank.

Then there is HIGHLAND AVENUE who looks set for bigger things.

The conditions may not suit particularly but he performed so well last time out in the Feilden to score by more than a length.

So the 13/8 favourite has big claims* (odds recorded at 16:25 GMT on May 19th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

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