Horse Racing tips: Timeform’s 6 best bets at Sandown on Friday

Our clever racing analysts like One True King in the early betting for the 15:00.

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12:45 Bali Body

BALI BODY was progressive over hurdles and he shaped with promise on his chasing debut at Warwick last month, warming to his task as the race developed. Bali Body, a tall gelding with the looks for chasing, hit a couple of fences in the early stages. However, he improved in the jumping department and ultimately shaped as if he would be better for the run.

He is in excellent hands with Richard Newland and is open to plenty of improvement after only five starts over hurdles and one over fences. James King, one of the more experienced riders in the field, is a good booking in this amateurs’ contest.

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13:15 Forever Blessed

FOREVER BLESSED has a good Flat pedigree – he’s by Zoffany and out of a daughter of Yorkshire Oaks winner Quiff – but, he never raced in that sphere. That makes his performance on debut in a juvenile hurdle at Ffos Las in October even more impressive as he was conceding experience in demanding conditions. He created a good impression though, drawing 11 lengths clear, and there should be plenty more to come. He can brush off a 5lbs penalty.

13:50 Champagne Well

CHAMPAGNE WELL was a useful novice hurdler a couple of seasons ago – he notably finished runner-up to Thyme Hill in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham – and he showed that he’s still as good as ever when coming from off the pace to land a handicap hurdle at Plumpton last month.

He didn’t quite meet expectations when beaten on all three starts in novice chases last season, but there’s no reason why this winning pointer won’t prove at least as good over fences – and he goes handicap chasing from a fair mark. The continued good form of the Fergal O’Brien yard is another positive. 

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14:25 Brave Kingdom

BRAVE KINGDOM was a ready winner on his only start in bumpers for Harry Whittington last season and he looked a bright prospect when bolting up on his hurdling debut for Paul Nicholls at Chepstow last month.

Brave Kingdom, who was wearing a tongue strap on his first start since having a breathing operation, tanked along in the lead and was in command from a long way out. Even a mistake at the last couldn’t stop him from registering an impressive, wide-margin win. He really is an exciting novice.

15:00 One True King

ONE TRUE KING failed to meet expectations on his chasing debut at Perth in September, but he took a big step forward when finishing runner-up at Ffos Las last month – offering a lot more encouragement and matching the sort of level he’d achieved over hurdles. One True King is entitled to progress again given that was just his second start over fences and his prominent style of racing is often an advantage at this venue. The application of cheekpieces could also coax a bit of improvement.

15:35 Al Dancer

AL DANCER failed to fire on his first start for Sam Thomas in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, but it’s worth taking a chance that the switch to hurdling may have a positive impact. Al Dancer was a talented hurdler before going chasing, successful on four of his five starts (including the Betfair Hurdle) and he could prove a class apart from these if rejuvenated. He also has the assistance of Thomas Doggrell, who is good value for his 7lbs claim.

Timeform tips summary:

12:45 Bali Body
13:15 Forever Blessed
13:50 Champagne Well
14:25 Brave Kingdom
15:00 One True King
15:35 Al Dancer

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