The feature race on Saturday is Sandown’s Grade 1 Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at 2.25pm. The two mile contest looks like an uncompetitive affair with the Nicky Henderson-trained Constitution Hill expected to go off a very warm favourite.
From a betting perspective, today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions come in the last two races at the Esher racecourse at 3.00pm and 3.35pm. While our third Horse Racing tip is over at Wincanton in their extended 2m 5f handicap hurdle at 2.40pm.
“Tip of the Day” – Hermes Boy – 3.35pm Sandown
On his first run in a handicap, impressive Exeter novice hurdle winner Hermes Boy may have been let in lightly here on an opening mark of 124 and with jockey Chester Williams claiming another 3lb.
Golden Emblem (Next Best) – 2.40pm Wincanton
Back to the scene of her most impressive performance to date, the Neil Mulholland-trained course and distance winner Golden Emblem is fancied to record her third career victory now that the mare has dropped to a mark just 4lb higher than when last successful.
The daughter of Presenting has failed to add to that Wincanton victory in five subsequent starts but, apart from when getting bogged down in the Ffos Las mud on her reappearance, the eight-year-old has been running well enough, including when beaten a little over a length in a 12-runner mares’ handicap hurdle at Perth last April.
Jockey Harry Reed has been placed on both occasions he has been aboard the mare and with conditions looking ideal, the partnership can prove the each-way value of the race, with the lightly-raced pair of Blairgowrie and Crossing The Bar feared the most.
Valadom (Longshot) – 3.00pm Sandown
The 2021 Veterans’ Chase Series has proved hugely popular with racegoers and punters alike and this final is set to be no exception. Top weight Aso is a class horse on his day, as was the case when finding only Frodon too good in the Ryanair Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
The mount of Charlie Deutsch is on a losing run of 14 now however and has to concede 9lb and upwards to his 12 rivals. Cases can be made for thorough stayers Final Nudge and Dancing Shadow along with several others. But at a double-figure price the vote goes to the consistent grey Valadom and jockey Lilly Pinchin.
The front-running 13-year-old does not know how to run a bad race and almost certainly needed the run when third over course and distance last month. Off an attractive mark of 128 and with his rider claiming a valuable 5lb, it would be no surprise to see Valadom take plenty of catching if getting into a good rhythm over the unique Sandown fences.
Hermes Boy (NAP) – 3.35pm Sandown
On his first run in a handicap, the Jane Williams-trained Hermes Boy makes plenty of appeal racing off a mark of 124 and with jockey Chester Williams taking another 3lb off the gelding’s back.
The son of Diamond Boy, after finishing a promising third in his only Bumper start at Bangor last April, was runner-up in his first two runs over hurdles this season before opening his account with an impressive display at Exeter last month.
The second and third horses there gave the form a boost when the pair totally dominated a race at Exeter on New Year’s Day, suggesting that Hermes Boy’s opening handicap mark may prove on the lenient side.
Mac The Man took the scalps of two decent horses in Protektorat and Song For Someone over course and distance in December 2019 and looks a big danger after running out a narrow winner at Exeter on his reappearance. While at a double-figure price, top weight Navajo Pass is capable of going well for talented claimer Theo Gillard.
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