ITV Cameras will be covering the final four races of Sandown’s quality card on Friday afternoon. We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for the featured Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle, run over 2m 4f at 2.25pm.
The final two races of the day are fiercely competitive handicaps, the extended 1m 7f Betfair Exchange Handicap Chase at 3.00pm and at 3.35pm the extended 2m 7f Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle. We will also supply Horse Racing tips for both of these races.
Our Tip for the 2.25pm at Sandown:
Only five runners for this Grade 2 novices’ hurdle but all have yet to taste defeat so far this season. Likely favourite Brave Kingdom was very impressive on his first start for trainer Paul Nicholls last month when strolling home in a maiden hurdle at Chepstow.
The mount of Gavin Sheehan has bags of potential but the five-year-old may be worth opposing at a short price. While Harper’s Brook, Lossiemouth and Viva Lavilla are all unexposed over the smaller obstacles, the horse who makes most appeal is the ex Irish-trained Fair Frontieres.
Now in the care of Kim Bailey after finishing a narrow second in a 20-runner Navan maiden hurdle back in January for previous handler Declan Queally, the Sans Frontieres gelding hacked-up by 41 lengths at Worcester on his first start for Bailey in October and could prove a talented recruit for the stable.
Our Tip for the 3.00pm at Sandown:
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained One True King has always looked the type to do well over fences. However, the mount of 3lb claimer Jordan Nailor will need to improve upon his first two starts over the bigger obstacles if he is to defy top weight in this 2m handicap.
Fresh from the stable’s victory in last weekend’s Ladbrokes Trophy, the Venetia Williams-trained Desque De L’Isle posts obvious claims after winning easily, following a break of 276 days, at Ffos Las last month. Darebin and Early Du Lemo, first and second for trainer Gary Moore 12 months ago, renew rivalry once again and on this occasion it is the latter who is fancied to come out on top.
The eight-year-old’s only victory over fences came on good to soft ground at Lingfield over two years ago. After being absent for almost two years, the grey didn’t enjoy the best of luck last season but back on a mark of 120 and on ground that should suit, Early Du Lemo can prove successful for a stable that does so well at this track.
Our Tip for the 3.35pm at Sandown:
Things have hardly gone as planned for the talented chaser Al Dancer since the grey gelding finished third in the valuable Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham last November.
Having his first start for trainer Sam Thomas in this year’s renewal of that race last month, the ex Nigel Twiston-Davies inmate failed to show anything like his best form for his new connections in finishing a well beaten 15th.
Reverting to hurdles now for the first time since the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, this could be a good time to catch the mount of 7lb claimer Thomas Doggrell, who has an impressive record of four wins from five starts over the smaller obstacles.
Only 5lb higher than when running out an impressive winner of Ascot’s Grade 3 Betfair Handicap Hurdle in 2019, a reproduction of which would make the son of Al Namix very hard to beat on his first run over hurdles for his new trainer. The Paul Nicholls-trained Storm Arising may prove to be the main danger.
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