Horse Racing tips: Our trader’s deadly double at Sandown today

Paddy Power trader Conor Murphy has his eye on a couple of big prizes.

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17:55 Sandown – Pied Piper

Soft ground is a question mark for plenty of these, but PIED PIPER does look one that is all about stamina and this trip on softish ground would look ideal for him. He’s already won his maiden on heavy ground at the end of last year and looks a horse who’ll relish this sort of test.

He has been a bit tricky in the past however, including when he won his maiden. He’s hung on a few of his starts, but they’ve put the blinkers on him for the first time and that could just be what he needs. He definitely looks a horse who is capable of winning this, and hopefully the blinkers and a first-time Frankie Dettori ride might squeeze some of that talent out of him.

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18:55 Sandown – Mithras

There has to be a worry about a lot of these not running well (or at all) if the ground is proper soft. Nando Parrado is the only one with any form on softish ground and he never looked to enjoy it in Longchamp at the end of last year. Plenty of these are nice movers, so you’d worry about them on this sort of ground.

MITHRAS would be the one I’d give a good chance to of handling the ground, his pedigree would offer you some hope given his dam has gone well in Group company on soft ground before and he will improve for stepping up to a mile again. He was slightly fortunate to win his race at Newbury on seasonal debut given Saint Lawrence hung late on, but he would have given him a good race anyway.

Saint Lawrence went on to finish second in a Listed race next up and I reckon that race on the whole is pretty strong, so I wouldn’t be overly put off by him only being rated 98. Mithras should be more than capable of going well in this grade, he looks one who is going the right way and should run a big race granted he handles the ground.

Sandown tips summary: 

17:55 Sandown – Pied Piper
18:55 Sandown – Mithras

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