As the trainers title race goes right to the final day, two races for us this afternoon at Sandown. The going is good and a dry afternoon is forecast.
2.20 Sandown bet365 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (CLASS 2)
Voix Du Reve held every chance when falling at final hurdle at Cheltenham. Has been put up 5lb in the handicap, although David Mullins can claim 3lb. Must go close, but that is reflected in the market. Currently a best priced 3/1 and a general 9/4 – 5/2 elsewhere.
At bigger odds a case can be made for Wolf Of Windlesham, who was last seen winning on the flat. Lightly campaigned over the winter with two victories from three starts over hurdles, including winning the JCB trial at Cheltenham.
I price the market leaders as follows:
Voix Du Reve 5/2
Tommy Silver 4/1
Wolf Of Windlesham 8/1
4.10 Sandown bet365 Gold Cup Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) (CLASS 1)
Southfield Theatre is well handicapped on his second in last year’s RSA. Hard to know what form he is in after being brought down before the race had really began at Cheltenham. The £84,000 winners prize would be a significant step towards the title for Paul Nicholls.
Henri Parry Morgan had looked exposed, but has reached a new level in form since being fitted with a tongue tie. He finished an excellent second in a Grade 1 at Aintree two weeks ago and still looks progressive. I expect him to run a big race.
Wide open race, the 8/1 on offer for the two mentioned looks about right.
Another winning bet for us yesterday to make it four from five on the week. For more details about my work, go to the website: http://www.slh.co.uk