Racing expert Steven Dowler is back to tackle the Boosted £7,000 Place 6 at Sandown on Saturday, including a star-studden Tingle Creek Chase. Check out his Sandown tips and join his Syndicate.
Sandown betting tips
A competitive opener with the vote in favour of market leader, PAROS, who won his only outing in France, and the form of that race looks quite useful. He’s been transferred to Nicky Henderson’s yard subsequently and is fancied to maintain his unbeaten record.
Of the bigger-priced runners, Fergal O’Brien’s ELHAM VALLEY could take the necessary step forward now hurdling for the first time. He was a decent individual when trained on the flat and this weekend’s forecast conditions won’t inconvenience him either, so he’s my second choice.
Selections: PAROS, ELHAM VALLEY
12.40 – My Oddsboost On Betfair ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle – 1m7f
Nicky Henderson could win the first couple of races courtesy of GRAND MOGUL, who looks to have been found an ideal opportunity to resume winning ways and extend connections’ excellent record in this contest.
Although found wanting in Grade Two company at Cheltenham last month, there were positives to glean from his performance having travelled noticeably strongly to an extent. His price is likely to be skinny enough, though, given the fact that he’s not exactly high on reliability, but he will be very difficult to beat.
Whilst Tim Vaughan’s MICKYH is related to the useful pair Doctor Duffy and Flash The Steel and appeals as the type to make his mark in the hurdling division. Providing his jumping can prove up to scratch, he can give the favourite most to think about.
Selections: GRAND MOGUL, MICKYH
13.15 – Read Paul Nicholls On betting.betfair Novices’ Handicap Hurdle – 1m7f
NAIZAGAI was a fair sort on the flat and on a strict reading through his form, his third on debut, which came on heavy ground, reads well in the context of this race, given he was one place in front of Group One winner, Mishriff. He made a bright start to his hurdles career when a wide-margin winner at Cartmel and has placed twice since. All of his form testifies his ability to make a serious impact here.
Nicky Henderson’s CHASAMAX ran his best race to date at Cheltenham last month when just pipped in a three-way fight to the line claiming the bronze medal. The form has already taken shape with the second and eighth winning on their next starts. His second behind the 132-rated Robinshill at Ludlow two starts back also provides clear indication that his handicap mark of 118 is well within his grasp. With that said and, on the basis of those two performances, he has an excellent chance here if can handle conditions.
Selections: NAIZAGAI, CHASAMAX
13.50 – Planteur At Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase – 1m7f
A small but high-class field and you can make a case for the entire field. However, this is likely to be run at one hell of a gallop and I’m content to see this prize claimed by one of the four-year-old runners.
Dan Skelton has had the runner-up in this race twice in recent years and one last season’s leading juvenile hurdles, ALLMANKIND, put in an exhibition round of jumping when coasting home to beat a subsequent winner on chase debut at Warwick. He’s open to significant improvement in this sphere and should take some catching.
GA LAW has made a very good impression switching to fences this season, making it three from three over fences in a Grade Two last month. That race, understandably, fell apart but he was flawless throughout and merits plenty of respect now taking dead aim at the highest level with the drop in trip likely to suit.
Selections: ALLMANKIND, GA LAW
14.25 – Betfair Tingle Creek Chase – 1m7f
An exceptional renewal with the return of ALTIOR who will bid to remain unbeaten over this trip and make it 16 wins from 17 starts over fences. He’s five from five over course-and-distance and invariably goes well fresh. His odds look particularly short considering we haven’t seen him for over 300 days but hopefully his back class will see him claim this prize for a second time before attempting to regain his Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham.
Another former winner of this race and defending Champion Chase winner, POLITOLOGUE, has an excellent chance to fill the frame at the very least. Harry Skelton will maintain the partnership and this nine-year-old will try to find any chinks in the armour of Altior, so he’s the viable and solid alternative selection against the remainder of the field.
Selections: ALTIOR, POLITOLOGUE
15.00 – Betfair Exchange Back And Lay London National Handicap Chase – 3m4f
CLASSIC BEN made a positive comeback at Exeter last month and his third at Haydock over this trip last year reads well. He remains unexposed over marathon distances and his initial mark of 130 could prove exploitable.
SHANROE SANTOS has plenty of valuable course form, stays well and proved his well-being when third last time out on his return to action. He’s become very well treated these days and was fourth in this race two years ago from a 12Ib higher mark.
Finally, CROSSPARK has gone close twice this term, including here over three-miles 27 days ago. He’s a thorough stayer, who has been second in a Scottish National and former winner of the Eider Chase. Undoubtedly, this race is easier and I’m convinced he’s got another big race in him despite a high enough mark to contend with.
Selections: CLASSIC BEN, SHANROE SANTOS, CROSSPARK
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