Jumping and All Weather racing are presented for our delectation and delight this afternoon, with the excellent meeting at Sandown taking centre stage.
Main feature is the Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle at 2.25, with a field of 13 due to line up.
Favourite for this race is Monsieur Lecoq, which was denied a run in the Betfair Hurdle by the equine flu outbreak and is on offer at 7-2.
Raised 10lbs for its most recent win, 2lbs out of the handicap and with the jockey likely to put up overweight, we cheerfully pass on this one and go instead for the second in, the Paul Nicholls’ trained Malaya.
This 5-y-o tipped up in her first two starts this season but showed what she can do with a close fourth in a hot event at Ascot last month. That will have done wonders for the confidence and, off a 1lb lower mark today, is the value each way punt at 9-2.
First televised race is at 1.50 and with the race title almost as long as the race itself, we’ll just call it the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
All 18 stand their ground as we write and it’s 6-1 the field, but we have the hots for a 16-1 poke called Smackwater Jack.
One of three supplied by Olly Murphy, this 5-y-o looks on a really good mark, has the right trip and ground and the services of the stable conditional, who can take another 5lbs off. For good measure the old ‘pieces’ go on for the first time – methinks they mean business.
Over at Wolverhampton, the sunracing.co.uk Lincoln Trial Handicap at 2.05 has a field of 13 and our selection here, each way, is Silver Quartz, a 4-y-o from the Archie Watson yard.Close up behind horses rated 110 & 117 over today’s CD last tie out, SQ has the look of a well-handicapped horse off 100 and we can trust Hollie Doyle to do the biz on the 4-1 shot.
At 3.15 the sunracing.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes, a Listed contest over 7f looks at the mercy of the consistent and talented Oh This Is Us, which is a worthy favourite at 15-8. Back this one, please.
In case of accidents, we also suggest a modest each way bet on Keystroke at 13-2. Now with Stuart Williams, this 7-y-o nearly won this race in 2017 for Jeremy Noseda and tries again for Adam Kirby.
That’s yer lot – back on Tuesday for an in-depth look at the Selling Hurdle at Sedgefield.
Malaya 2.25 Sandown 3pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Smackwater Jack 1.50 Sandown 2pts e/w @ 16-1 (5 places – 7 William Hill)
Silver Quartz 2.05 Wolverhampton 2pts e/w @ 4-1 (4 places)
Oh This Is Us 3.15 Wolverhampton