CHRISTMAS was a little bit of a slog for punters. Surprising leads to the King George and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, in addition to a fistful of unfancied winners all through the festive interval, meant the bookies rolled into 2019 on prime.
Tomorrow’s card at Sandown, the place the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle is the function, marks a very good alternative to battle again, although you may battle to fill the coffers by discovering the winner of that race earlier than the ultimate subject is asserted.
Nicky Henderson, who has received 4 of the final eight renewals, has a quartet of potential runners on the newest stage of entries and it’s not solely clear who will line up.
Rathhill has been all the fashion over the past 48 hours and is as quick as 11/eight with some corporations, however the cash for stablemate Birchdale, now 11/four in locations, has began to trickle in and I’m pleased to speculate elsewhere.
Within the 2m4f handicap chase (1.20pm), ENOLA GAY jumps off the web page as an enhancing six-year-old for the in-form Venetia Williams yard.
Lurking on the backside of the weights off 118 – simply 1lb greater than when second on the monitor over two miles in the course of the Tingle Creek assembly – Williams’ runner is stepping up in journey for his third begin of the marketing campaign and may very well be very nicely handicapped.
After that, Williams fields the front-running Gino Path within the two mile handicap chase (1.50pm).
He’ll put on his coronary heart on his sleeve and provide you with a run on your cash if he can get into a very good rhythm, however even he might discover shouldering prime weight on his seasonal reappearance too large of an ask.
Paul Nicholls is firing within the winners for the time being and appears set to subject each Capeland and Copain De Classe.
The previous has already rattled off a hat-trick of wins this season however is now as much as a profession excessive mark of 140 and is simply 3/1 with the bookies, whereas the identical will be stated for Copain De Classe, who’s 7lbs greater than when successful at Kempton again in October.
MOVIE LEGEND is the one which seems to have been given an opportunity by the handicapper and will be backed each-way at 7/1 with Paddy Energy.
He’s been raised simply 1lb since ending second behind Bun Doran at Cheltenham in November, whereas the winner was hit with a 10lb rise and went on to complete a detailed second, once more at Cheltenham, final month.
The closing two mile handicap hurdle (3.35pm) seems to be very aggressive and circumstances may very well be made for a lot of runners, however the one who actually catches the attention is OUR MERLIN at 7/1.
Flip the calendar again 12 months and he was second on this very race behind Name Me Lord, who’s now a Grade Two winner and 16/1 within the ante-post betting for the Stayers’ Hurdle on the Cheltenham Pageant.
Our Merlin is returning to this race off simply 5lbs greater and seems to be in good type having received at Wincanton final day trip.
Thistimenextyear, Richard Spencer’s son of Daybreak Method, is an fascinating runner who seems to be like getting his head in entrance at some stage.
Rated a decent 86 on the Flat and positioned in 5 of his six begins over hurdles, he seems to be a giant hazard.
Enola Homosexual 1.20pm Sandown
Film Legend e/w 1.50pm Sandown
Our Merlin e/w 3.35pm Sandown