Sandown Betting Tips
BEAU BALKO was successful on his sole start on the Flat in France and he shaped promisingly on his debut for these connections in a novice hurdle at Chepstow. He built on that promise as expected when opening his account in this sphere at Hereford in November and, while he was disappointing on his handicap debut at Taunton last time, that run was too bad to be true, so he is well worth another chance to prove himself on a good mark. Freddy Robinson is also unexposed and is another to be interested in now making his handicap debut.
REAL STONE was given a considerate introduction on his chase debut after 20 months off at Ffos Las and didn’t see his race out very strongly on his second start in this sphere over two and a half miles at Warwick at the end of December. He took advantage of a drop in the weights when opening his account back at Ffos Las last time, though the return to two miles was probably the biggest factor. There should be more to come from him at this sort of trip and a subsequent 5 lb rise in the weights shouldn’t be enough to stop him following up. Corrigeen Rock, who has made an excellent start over fences, will likely prove the main danger.
YOU WEAR IT WELL was near useful in bumpers and has made a very good start over hurdles, winning her first two starts at around two miles and she was far from disgraced upped in grade when runner-up in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury. There was an element of her picking up the pieces on that occasion, but the winner that day is smart, and You Wear It Well looks a big player back against her own sex. There should be more to come from her and she can prove too strong for Irish raider Deeply Superficial, who also shaped well in a graded race against the boys last time.
BROKEN HALO remains lightly raced for an eight-year-old and he shaped better than the bare result on his latest start over course and distance earlier this month. Admittedly, he didn’t find as much as he promised off the bridle, but he probably wasn’t helped by a trip around the houses, and he is weighted to go close on these terms. Last year’s victor Rolling Dylan could emerge as the biggest threat if the fitting of blinkers has the desired effect, while Texard appeals as the pick of the David Pipe-trained trio and can claim minor honours.
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IMMORTAL shaped with plenty of promise when following the useful Authorised Speed home in a novice hurdle over course and distance on his hurdling debut in December and there was enough promise in that effort to suggest he can go one better this time. It’s likely that he will have most to fear from Authorised Speed’s stablemate Givega, who looked good prior to finding the step up 21 furlongs on heavy ground all too much in a Grade 2 at Warwick last time.
This looks an open handicap but the vote goes to POPPA POUTINE, who was by no means disgraced in a more competitive race than this at Cheltenham last time, and he remains on a workable mark based on the pick of his form. Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell’s record with chasers on these shores is impressive and his representative Stumptown is greatly respected on the back of a decisive success at Thurles when last seen.
Several of these remain open to improvement but point winner AMRONS SAGE, who is from the family of the same connections’ Beware The Bear, has shown plenty in two starts under Rules so far and is bred to relish this step up in trip now making his handicap debut. He was considerately handled on his latest start kept to two miles, but bumped into an above-average type at Ludlow, and is expected to prove himself better than an opening mark of 115. Hat-trick seeking Missed Tee also looks to have better days ahead of her and is feared most, although recent handicap scorers Equinus and Twin Power can’t be taken lightly either in a competitive event.
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