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Ed Quigley: Weekend Watch Betting Tips - 29th April

Ed has four picks from Sandown Park on the last day of the jumps season on Saturday afternoon.

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1.40pm Sandown - Greaneteen

This race looks a belter, with the added spice in recent days of the news that Arkle runner up and Aintree Grade 1 scorer Jonbon will be added to the cast.

Nicky Henderson’s star steps out of Novice company for the first time, and although there is no doubting his potential he might have more on his hands than the market suggests. Jonbon also may be feeling the effects of battles at Cheltenham and Aintree, so my preference will be for Sandown specialist GREANETEEN who adores the Esher venue.

The 9-year-old has won this race twice and blew away the opposition in last season’s Tingle Creek. At his age he isn’t getting any better, but he comes alive at this track, and officially is the best horse in the line-up. He did well in the circumstances to finish third in the Champion Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival after making a bad error four-out, on ground that wouldn’t have suited. Harry Cobden takes the ride on the Paul Nicholls trained gelding who can prove tough to beat here.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

1.40pm Sandown

Paul Nicholls' Greaneteen can prove tough to beat here


At 11/4 a £10 bet would return £37.50

Sandown Park

April 29, 2023

1:40 pm GMT+1

2.15pm Sandown - Mucho Mas (Each Way)

Recent rain will be music to the ears of the Ben Pauling team, who look to have solid each-way claims with the improving MUCHO MAS. The lightly-raced 7-year-old arrives here on a hat-trick, and was a very smooth winner at this venue last month.

Although officially 5lb out of the Handicap, this has been the target for some time, and it is easy to see him travelling strongly into this assignment. He shapes as though this trip can bring about even more improvement and I am really keen on his claims.

His best form has come with cut in the ground, so hopefully underfoot conditions don’t try out too much. I wouldn’t be shocked if he ended up a good deal better than his current mark once tackling a marathon trip, and with Kielan Woods taking he ride, the duo look overpriced.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

2.15pm Sandown

Ben Pauling's Mucho Mas look to have solid each-way claims


At 14/1 a £10 win bet would return £150

Sandown Park

April 29, 2023

2:15 pm GMT+1

2.50pm Sandown - Hewick

Although the Cheltenham Gold Cup appears to have left his mark on a few horses, this represents a huge drop in class for HEWICK, who can make his superiority tell in this assignment. He was in the process of running a stormer at Prestbury Park last month until he departed two from home.

This looks so much easier on paper, and he is taking on a fairly exposed bunch of individuals. The horse who cost 800 Euros has been a revelation and the success story looks far from finished. He has winning form at this venue, and the trip and ground look perfect for him.

With a clear round, it is hard to knock his claims, and he is a confident selection with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

2.50pm Sandown

With a clear round, it's hard to knock the chances of Hewick


At 6/4 a £10 bet would return £25

Sandown Park

April 29, 2023

2:50 pm GMT+1

3.25pm Sandown - Harper’s Brook

Ben Pauling has another good chance to add a winner to his tally on the final day of the season with the unexposed chaser, HARPER’S BROOK. The 7-year-old has disappointed on his last couple of starts at Cheltenham, but it is possible that Prestbury Park isn’t his track, and he will be much happier dropped down to this intermediate trip.

He ran well for a long way in the Ultima over 3m1f last time out on soft ground - a race which simply asked to much of his stamina, and after jumping well on the front end for around two-and-a-half miles, he weakened and was eventually he was pulled-up.

This is much more suitable, and eased 2lb to a mark of 132 (just 2lb higher than when winning at Bangor earlier in the season), I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a revival on our hands here on what could be a big day for the Cotswold handler.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

3.25pm Sandown

Ben Pauling's Harper’s Brook can get back to winning ways


At 11/2 a £10 bet would return £65

Sandown Park

April 29, 2023

3:25 pm GMT+1

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.

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Edward Quigley

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Ed Quigley joins us weekly to provide his weekend watch tips and his long-term antepost armchair Monday column.