All in all it was another good day with a number of winners from the horses mentioned in last night’s write up.
Dar Re Mi (pictured below) was a runaway winner at Sandown. As the commentator wittily remarked it was a case of Dar Re Mi so far!
Ryan Moore looks as good a jockey as any I have seen in this country in recent times and gave Ask and Corryborough excellent rides. He did get boxed in on Conduit though in the race won by the well handicapped Colony.
In Dar Re Mi’s race I will be interested in following Albarouche and Sovereign’s Honour who came 3rd and 4th respectively. Oslot was a winner over the jumps although Quizzene was beaten into second spot. On a sad note Lenny the Blade broke his neck when coming down at Chepstow.
Tomorrow marks the last day of the jumps season with Sandown staging a mixed card including the Celebration Chase and the Betfred Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread)
I’ll start at Sandown with the 1.40 where I will be hoping that Penzance can make me a winning owner! He has been 3rd and 1st in this race in the past, dead heating on both occasions so I am hopeful of a big run. Another one that might be worth considering here is Hide the Evidence. He should be all the better for a recent run at Aintree and his trainer is in good form.
There are 4 runners from our list to follow in the 2.10, Laustra Bad, Helen’s Vision, Or Jaune and Tot O’ Whiskey. Tot O’ Whiskey ran really well in a competitive handicap at Sandown last month and if he can reproduce that effort he would go close. The David Pipe pair of Laustra Bad and Or Jaune have not shown enough this season to warrant a tip but the market could be a guide to their chance. Helen’s Vision has been a disappointment since winning first time out although there was some encouragement in her most recent performance.
The 2.40 looks another open race. Monet’s Garden is the class act. He was 3rd to Twist Magic here in the Tingle Creek and it may be that he needs further these days. The ground should suit him and although I have certain reservations he would be my tip. Lennon has run really well this season and deserves to win a decent race. Good ground will suit him but I am not so sure about the track. A few of Howard Johnson’s runners have been a bit below par recently as well. Pablo Du Charmil has not done much since winning the Haldon Chase at Exeter and Andreas may pose the biggest threat to Monet’s Garden and Lennon.
I don’t really have much of a view on the 3.20. I would love to see Bewley’s Berry win but coming so soon after his 5th in the Grand National it is surely too much to ask. I thought about the consistent Caribou but all his form is on soft ground. If pushed for a selection I would go for Ungaro.
Medicine Path has been impressive in his last couple of runs and I will stick with him for the 3.55.
The Classic Trial at 4.30 hasn’t gone to the favourite in the last 10 years so I will look at those at a bigger price. Endless Luck looked a promising sort last season and after finishing 2nd at Leicester on his debut he won well at Musselburgh. There is a lot more required tomorrow but he is certainly worth a try at this level. Whistledownwind is similar in some ways. He won on his second start, this time at Newbury. A bit of cut in the ground is likely to suit him.
In the 5.05 Very Wise has an each way squeak at around 7/1.
Moheebb has been running consistently but does look to lack gears. Another with an each way chance in the Haydock 7.20.
I can see Tudor Prince coming in at a big price at some stage of the season. He gets on well with Philip Robinson and is one to consider in the Leicester 2.45 along with Compton’s Eleven who didn’t get a clear run last time at Ripon.
In the 3.15 at Leicester City Stable (pictured below) , who is related to Gamut, should improve for a step up in trip and looks well handicapped.
Paul Cole’s string are in good form and I am hoping that Eisteddfod gives a good account in the 3.50.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Tartan Bearer is a full brother to classic winner Golan and will be expected to collect in the 5.00. Alan Munro has the ride.
Laborec and Ouzbeck represent our jumps list to follow in the 1.50 at Market Rasen. Ouzbeck would have slightly the better chance of the pair.
The Brits have done really well at Punchestown this week and Franchoek may well add to the winning tally in the 4.20.
Up at Ripon Mark Johnston runs Tawzeea in the 3 year old handicap at 2.30. He was 2nd at Warwick last month and should be in the shake up here.
Sadler’s Kingdom hasn’t shown too much so far this season but I fancy we will see him to the fore in some staying handicaps. He runs off bottom weight in the Ripon 3.40 and gets my tentative selection.
After a 10 minute break the new jumps season starts on Sunday! Atomic Winner has found his form recently after struggling a bit when he first came over from France. He goes for a hat trick in the Ludlow 3.05 and would be my selection on decent ground.
Pictures are by kind permission of British 2YO Racing