The Tingle Creek Chase is the feature at Sandown on Saturday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets on a card which also featured the rearranged Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
The Betfair Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (1.50) is a cracking race and the Joe Tizzard-trained JPR ONE rates a good bet to confirm himself as one of the leading young chasers in Britain.
This horse has always had a big reputation and he is starting to show just why he has always been held in high esteem.
He was an impressive winner on his chasing debut at Newton Abbot in October and put in an even better performance at Cheltenham on his last outing.
JPR One travelled well throughout before clearing away from his rivals on the run to the last. He looked certain to win easily, but stumbled on landing at the final fence and unseated rider Brendan Powell. That shouldn’t be held against him as he had jumped nicely until that point.
A reproduction of that effort, coupled with a clear round, might be enough for compensation
The Rachael Blackmore Serial Winners Fund Handicap Hurdle (2.25) is a competitive race and that makes it an attractive betting heat.
The one to be on is SPIRIT D'AUNOU, who is trained by Gary Moore and nobody loves a winner at this Sandown meeting more than him.
Moore might therefore have trained Spirit D'aunou with this race in mind and the four-year-old looks certain to improve for his first run of the season at Cheltenham.
Spirit D'aunou was attempting to complete a five-timer on that occasion and went off a hot favourite, but he pulled hard through the early stages and that cost him any chance. He still kept on nicely for fourth up the hill, but was no match for the easy winner Blueking D’Oroux.
That form looks strong now considering that Blueking D’Oroux has since won a Grade 2 at Ascot and Spirit D'aunou should be well capable of defying a mark of 129 in a handicap.
The freshness and keenness that he showed last time might also be taken out of him following that first run following a summer break and I’m expecting Spirit D'aunou to go very nicely.
The Betfair Exchange London National Handicap Chase (3.35) is an open contest and it’s worth taking a chance on RAPPER, who could go well at what is likely to be a decent price.
The nine-year-old was an impressive winner of a competitive race at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and then caught the eye when fifth in the Masters at this course in February.
That race was over 3m and Rapper was outpaced at a crucial time before staying on strongly late.
That hinted that he might want a stiffer test of stamina, so the extra four and a half furlongs here should be in his favour, and he returns to the scene of that effort off a 3lb lower mark.
Rapper needs to bounce back from a couple of poor runs, but one of them came in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival and the other at Kelso in October following a summer break.
He almost certainly needed that run and was reported to have suffered an irregular heartbeat.
Put a line through that run and he has a huge chance if he can return to his best under Alice Stevens, who is good value for her 5lb claim. Trainer Henry Daly’s string is also in form.
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