A veritable plethora of top racing action today comes from the meetings at Sandown and Aintree, with the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at 3.00 the highlight of the card at the Esher track.
In the absence of Altior, a new king of the two-milers may be crowned this afternoon and we hope it will be our old mate Defi Du Seuil.
Philip Hobbs‘ 6-y-o made the perfect start to the season by taking the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham, showing a devastating turn of hoof to power past today’s rival Politologue to win going away and that acceleration can be seen to best effect today over a course where the horse is 1-1.
Although this will be DDS‘ biggest test to date, we recommend taking the 7-4.
With a ‘dead eight’ field, we also recommend an each way bet on Janika at 8-1, that horse having taken the Haldon Gold Cup Handicap off a mark of 162 and thus justifying its inclusion in this elite company.
First televised race from Sandown is the Read Road To Cheltenham At racingtv.com Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at 1.50 and typing that has brought about a change of policy for the Preview in future. We will no longer include the self-serving and intensely irritating sponsor’s additions to the race titles. So there.
6 top novices line up for this event, but anyone watching Torpillo‘s fencing debut 17 days ago won’t want to back against it today – we did and we’re not.
Have a win bet at 5-2.
The December Handicap Hurdle at 2.25 looks very competitive on paper, but if one horse stands out on the ratings, it has to be Protektorat for the Skeltons.
Thought of as a potential star on joining the yard, this 4-y-o bombed out big time with all sorts of problems but came back from the break that refreshes last month, looking and running like a different horse. Just touched off over CD by a Henderson special, today’s mark of 128 for handicap debut could mean that the jolly fellow in red coat and white beard is paying an early visit.
Take the 9-2 each way, please.
The Sandown action ends with the Betfair London National Handicap Chase, in which Doing Fine competes for the thirteenth time (no, not really – it just seems like it)
This is a typically fierce looking affair and we go up with two against the field, namely Shanroe Santos (9-1) and Dark Flame (14-1) with hope rather tha expectation.
Oop at Aintree action begins with the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase at 1.30 with a field of 18 careering over the National fences and at 9-1 the field, the trust pin comes in handy.
Our picks for this are Wandrin Star at 16-1 and Mysteree at an artisan 22-1, both each way of course.
The Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle at 2.05, a Listed race, has what looks like a mixed bag of runners with no stand out performer, so we are of a mind to take a chance with Fleursals from the Tom Symonds yard.
This daughter of Poet’s Voice was going strongly in the lead at Ludlow on her second hurdles outing before going stifle over fetlock at the second last and would almost certainly have finished in front of today’s second favourite Gavrocheka but for the mishap.
At twice the price (10-1) we suggest an each way bet on this young laydee.
We are going to take a pass on the four runner Many Clouds Chase at 2.40 on the grounds that we haven’t a scooby what will win it and therefore move on to the Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Chase at 3.15.
Again over the National fences, it’s prudent to have more that one dart to throw, in case of accidents and we propose graded each way bets on Flying Angel (9-2), Killaro Boy (8-1) and It’s Jennifer (18-1).
C’est tout, mes amis – bon courage.
Defi Du Seuil 3.00 Sandown 6pts win @ 7-4
Janika 3.00 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Torpillo 1.50 Sandown 4pts win @ 5-2
Protektorat 2.25 Sandown 2.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Shanroe Santos 3.35 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 9-1
Dark Flame 3.35 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 14-1
Wandrin Star 1.30 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (5 places)
Mysteree 1.30 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 22-1 (5 places)
Fleursals 2.05 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 10-1
Flying Angel 3.15 Aintree 2pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Killaro Boy 3.15 Aintree 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
It’s Jennifer 3.15 Aintree 0.5pts e/w @ 18-1 (4 places)