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Saturday's horse racing tips: Dubrovnik Harry can excel on his return to Sandown

There is Grade 1 action live from Sandown on ITV3 this Saturday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is back with his three best bets at the Esher track.

Graeme Rodway’s tips

2.35 Sandown - Hermes Allen @ 11/8 
3.10 Sandown - Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1 
3.45 Sandown - Java Point @ 12/1

Horse Racing

2.35 Sandown - Hermes Allen @ 11/8

The Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (2.35) has cut up quite badly, with only five set to line up, and it will be a surprise if the warm favourite Hermes Allen can’t stamp his class on the race.

The seven-year-old was a Grade 1 winner as a novice over hurdles last season and he looked better than ever when slamming the re-opposing Nickle Back by six and a half lengths on his chasing debut over this 2m4f trip at Newbury in December. He jumped efficiently that day.

He went off 11-8 favourite to follow up in a Grade 1 at Kempton over Christmas, but ran into a monster in the shape of Il Est Francais, who jumped him into submission from the front. Nevertheless, Hermes Allen was the only horse to get close and maybe 3m stretched him.

The return to 2m4f looks certain to suit and there is no Il Est Francais in the field this time.

Graeme Rodway’s tip:

Hermes Allen @ 11/8 - 1pt win

Horse Racing Betting Tips

3.10 Sandown - Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1

The 2m71/2f handicap hurdle (3.10) is a wide-open contest, but the one that catches my eye is Dubrovnik Harry, who ran one of his best races at this venue a couple of years ago and will appreciate coming back here for the first time since. There is a chance he can return to form.

Dubrovnik Harry seems to run his best races when fresh and was a big eyecatcher on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham in October. 

He got caught out coming from the rear of the field and had to race wide on the home turn, but rocketed home for a never-nearer fourth.

He went off a well-fancied 15-2 chance to build on that at Haydock next time and didn’t get competitive. However, that was a red-hot race and subsequent Long Walk winner Crambo finished third. Dubrovnik Harry should find this contest a significantly easier assignment.

A 70-day break since that Haydock effort is a positive, given his good record after a break, and trainer Harry Fry had Melrose Bay finish third in this in 2018. This looks a likely target.

Graeme Rodway’s tip:

Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1 - 1pt win

3.45 Sandown - Java Point @ 12/1

The 3m handicap chase (3.45) is another hot race and Java Point might be capable of giving Dubrovnik Harry’s rider, Jonathan Burke, a double.

Java Point lost his way for Tom George last year, but showed plenty of promise on his first outing for the Oliver stable when finishing fourth on his seasonal debut at Newbury last time.

The nine-year-old was prominent for a long way on that occasion and kept on in encouraging fashion on his first run since last May. He has dropped 2lb in the weights following that run.

The selection should improve significantly with that effort under his belt and he is now 4lb lower than for his last win, which came over 2m71/2f at Newbury. 

He goes back up a furlong in trip to 3m here and, with the greater emphasis on stamina to suit, he has lots going for him.

Graeme Rodway’s tip:

Java Point @ 12/1 - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway’s tips

2.35 Sandown - Hermes Allen @ 11/8 
3.10 Sandown - Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1 
3.45 Sandown - Java Point @ 12/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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