There is live ITV4 coverage at Sandown and Wincanton today from 1.30-4pm and the two big races at Sandown showcase horses at the opposite ends of their careers.
Veterans’ Handicap Chase
The Veterans Handicap Chase Final at 3.00 features plenty of old favourites like Rocky Creek, Astracad and Bennys Mist, but it revolves around Dynaste who not so long ago was ploughing his trade in races like the King George.
He is extremely well handicapped based on his old form, and has probably been laid out for this, but he was disappointing at Kelso last time out and hasn’t shown any real sparkle for a while.
Preference, therefore, is for the winner of that Kelso contest, GAS LINE BOY. The more rain the better for Ian Williams’ 11 year old who remains relatively lightly raised. He won by 11 lengths last time out and may be able to defy a 9lbs rise as he seems on great terms with himself currently.
Further back in that Kelso race was WYCHWOODS BROOK, another mud lover. That was the horse’s first start for Harry Whittington a trainer we rate very highly. He should improve for that first run and if he can brush up his jumping could be a threat to all off of a handy mark.
THEATRICAL STAR is the big danger for a yard that can do no wrong in these big races currently.
|Gas Line Boy (ew)||3.00 Sandown||9/1||Bet365|
|Wychwoods Brook (ew)||3.00 Sandown||12/1||Bet365|
|Theatrical Star (ew)||3.00 Sandown||8/1||Bet365|
Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle
The younger brigade are on show in the day’s Grade 1 – the Tolworth Hurdle.
Capitaine is a worthy favourite based on form, but we think he may prove to be at his best on better ground so he could be vulnerable here.
That man Colin Tizzard has the second favourite, FINIANS OSCAR, and he is strongly fancied to overturn the favourite. He has won both his only point to point and his only hurdle race in great style, and looks capable of stepping up in class here. He will handle the heavy ground, as will outsiders Chalonnial and GLOBAL STAGE and either could make the frame at rewarding odds.
Both hail from in-form yards too, so it might be worth chucking a few quid at the latter given his monster price.
|Finians Oscar (win)||2.25 Sandown||13/8||Betfred|
|Global Stage (ew)||2.25 Sandown||33/1||Bet365|
32Red Casino Handicap Chase
ITV’s coverage from the Esher circuit kicks off at 1.50pm with a two mile chase.
Garde La Victoire looks a solid favourite, but the interesting one is BRIGHT NEW DAWN, who looks worthy of support on his first start for Venetia Williams.
|Bright New Dawn (ew)||1.50 Sandown||10/1||Bet365|
32Red Handicap Hurdle
The closing contest can go the way of Sandown specialist Gary Moore courtesy of the unexposed KRUGERMAC.
|Krugermac (ew)||3.35 Sandown||9/2||Bet365|
Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase
Today’s other big card is at Wincanton.
ITV’s action there starts at 2.05pm with a handicap chase that should go the way of the fast improving WALK IN THE MILL. At a much bigger price, AERLITE SUPREME is also worthy of support as he is dropping down the handicap like a stone. This is surely his best trip and he handles plenty of give underfoot.
|Walk In The Mill (ew)||2.05 Wincanton||4/1||Bet365|
|Aerlite Supreme (ew)||2.05 Wincanton||14/1||Bet365|
Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Chase
The other horse to back at the West Country track is CLONDAW BANKER in the 2.40.
This horse has been screaming out for fences and can surely better his hurdles mark now tried over the larger obstacles. He has won on soft ground and, if eight go to post, looks a great each way bet.
|Clondaw Banker (ew)||2.40 Wincanton||11/2||Bet365|
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