Sandown Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Preview: Terefort To Enter Cheltenham Calculations With Victory

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Leopardstown hold centre stage this weekend courtesy of the two-day Dublin Racing Festival. With the likes of Faugheen, Yorkhill, Footpad, Melon and Samcro expected to be in action the Cheltenham Festival picture will look a lot different come next Monday morning. High class jumping action is not confined to the other side of the Irish sea however and Sandown’s Grade 1 Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase on Saturday afternoon could shake up the betting for the JLT Novices’ Chase at Prestbury Park on Thursday 15th March.

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Having already advised the Nicky Henderson-trained Terrefort at 20-1 ( NRNB ) for the JLT the five-year-old can enhance his claims by beating some promising rivals in the 2m 4f contest at the weekend. A best price 4-1 with the sponsor and William Hill the son of Martaline could not have been more impressive on his first start for his new handler when bounding clear from Bentelimar over Saturday’s distance at Huntingdon earlier this month, putting in an assured round of jumping bar a slight mistake at the third-last.

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The lightly-raced grey has huge potential and while holding an entry in Wetherby’s Grade 2 Towton Novices’ Chase Henderson has stated that Sandown is the preferred option rather than stepping the gelding up to three mile for the first time at the Yorkshire venue. The Gary Moore-trained Benatar heads the ante-post market at prices ranging from 15-8 with Betfair Sportsbook and Paddy Power and the 7-2 on offer with Skybet and Coral.

The six-year-old is unbeaten in three starts over fences and took the scalp of Finian’s Oscar last time in receipt of 5lb but will find this his toughest task to date. Bookmakers are also unable to agree on the chances of Fountains Windfall from the Anthony Honeyball stable with most firms quoting 5-2 as opposed to Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook’s 4-1. While a convincing winner at Kempton last time the Passing Glance gelding has fallen twice in his last three outings and may find Sandown’s tricky fences putting his jumping under pressure.

Paul Nicholls’ Cyrname may have been flattered by his defeat of Shantou Rock last time while the likes of Kalondra, Le Rocher and The Storyteller could struggle in this company.

Terrefort - 4/1 William Hill and Betfred

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