Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through a busy Saturday
BOOM! The good form of this blog carried on yesterday at Sandown after Vicente and Banksea last weekend – oh yes I’m on fire.
But of course you are only as good as your last winner, and there is no resting on my laurels, oh no.
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So let’s get into the Saturday action which is all live on ITV1.
I want to start at Sandown, and the 1.50pm is the juvenile handicap hurdle over nearly 2m.
The one I like each-way is DOLOS, who came good last time for champion Paul Nicholls, who may well be about to lose his title.
The selection gets 3lb off with Stan Sheppard, and might be able to improve now he has got his head in front.
The 2.25pm at Sandown is the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase over an extended 2m6f.
I like old boy MENORAH, who often comes good this time of year and hasn’t been running badly in any case. Hopefully champion Richard Johnson will enjoy a big win for the master Philip Hobbs.
It’s the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at 3.00pm over nearly 2m, and ALTIOR can show that Special Tiara is a poor Champion Chase winner.
Nicky Henderson’s star should simply be too good for his rivals, although his price is short considering officially he only has 1lb in hand.
Willie Mullins now leads the trainers’ championship after an incredible day at Punchestown
IAN RIDE RIDE RIDE
Legendary jockey Tony McCoy puts Arsenal legend Ian Wright’s horse Born To Finish through its paces
Nicky Henderson admits he is wary of Paul Nicholls’ challenge for the title at Sandown
Cunco continued John Gosden’s scintillating run of form with a win in the bet365 Classic Trial
DANDY’S A GENIUS
Retiring trainer Dandy Nicholls labelled a “genius” by son and former jockey Adrian
Gordon Elliott is hoping Labaik is in the right mood for the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle
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The big betting race is the Gold Cup over an extended 3m4f at 3.35pm, and I will have a few quid each-way on THE DRUIDS NEPHEW, who is a lightly raced and dangerously well handicapped horse for Neil Mulholland.
He didn’t run at all badly in this event last year.
Over at Haydock ITV show a handicap over 1m at 2.05pm, and I like TOP NOTCH TONTO each-way.
Ideally Brian Ellison’s classy performer would like softer ground, but he ran well in the Lincoln and might still reach the frame.
Matt Chapman’s TV Tips
1.50 Sandown – Dolos
2.05 Haydock – Top Notch Tonto
2.25 Sandown – Menorah
2.40 Haydock – Fawaareq
3.00 Sandown – Altior
3.35 Sandown – The Druids Nephew
The 2.40pm at Haydock is a 7f handicap. I’m backing FAWAAREQ each-way, who has been off the track a long time but was a real improver when last season.
Owen Burrows remains a trainer to follow and Jim Crowley is on board.