Three races from Sandown to look at this afternoon. All three comprise of small fields and it is a day when value is thin. The ground is expected to be on the soft side of good with a light shower before racing commences.
1.15 Sandown Betfred Racing Contenders Hurdle (Listed Race)
Just four declared and a very difficult race to price with Peace and Co having ‘bombed out’ on his seasonal return; taking his 100% record and an uncomfortable Daryl Jacob with him.
A repeat of the form he showed when winning last season’s Triumph Hurdle would win him this race. But having had their fingers badly burned by his erratic performance last time there may be some tempted to look elsewhere.
Rayvin Black would be the one to benefit if the favourite disappoints. Second on latest start behind The New One. Impressed when winning here again in early January. Steps out handicap class today.
Rayvin Black is a natural front runner. This could prove tactical, depending whether the favourite has put his past exuberance behind him.
1.50 Sandown Betfred Handicap Chase (CLASS 2)
Again difficult to price with Grey Gold having disappointed on latest start. He was reported to be lame. With testing conditions ideal he would have every chance if at the level he showed at Newbury when victorious on his seasonal debut.
Chris Pea Green is of interest. Returning from a break, he is fairly handicapped and goes well in heavy ground. The Gary Moore stable have had a remarkable run of success with their runners at the track this season. 9/2 on my tissue taking into account Mr Mole’s absence.
2.25 Sandown Scilly Isles Novices´ Chase (Grade 1)
Two very progressive horses and I just prefer Bristol De Mai over Tea For Two.
They will be tight at the head of the market, with no great value to be had. I go 6/4 Bristol, 13/8 Tea. We are now down to four with the two non-runners.
Good run of form at present with seven winners from the past nine selective bets. I will be looking to build upon latest profits as we head towards the major festivals. Special memberships are now available. Fuller details at: http://www.slh.co.uk/index.php/cheltenham-festival-2016