We kick off at Sandown with a really competitive novice handicap with a deep field at 1.50pm. There’s soft ground at Sandown and that has been missing for a lot of the season and there’s a couple at decent odds that I’m interested in.
I coach the very capable young rider Charlie Price who rides Trixster who has run some good races in competitive fields. This will not be a shock to him and he is a decent price and will run well in a race where Paddy is paying the first five home. At the top of the market, One For Rosie has a previous victory over Arkle favourite Glen Forsa to his name and that is good form.
I have a real soft spot for Call Me Lord and I have to be careful the heart doesn’t rule the head! I think even with top weight this lad can win. Monsieur Lecoq is a nice horse at the bottom of the weights, but his rider will not be able to claim his full allowance. Our Merlin is a double-figured price and will run well for each-way punters.
However, Call me Lord is a graded performer running in a handicap.
His 16-length beating of Lil Rockerfella shows how much he loves the track and that will do for me.
A mares’ bumper and it’s hard to get a handle on some of these. Mystic Dreamer is the one open to the most improvement having finished second to Silver Forever at Ascot. Silver Forever will love the softer ground and may be too tough to crack with her trainer flying.
Ami Desbois has run some fantastic races against quality opponents this season. This will not come out of turn and this race is his for the taking
Keep an eye out for a market move for Kansas City Chief as the owner loves a punt and the trainer is in form.