Sandown, Wincanton and Kelso previews
Three meetings today and some fascinating races, although several fall into the watch for future reference category for me
No No Mac 12.45 did well as a novice last year and if you forgive his first run in a handicap has a good each way chance in the opener. Trainer Charlie Longsdon reportedly thinks he’s on a decent mark he can exploit before going chasing.
Philip Hobbs Filbert 2.30 ran prominently on his seasonal debut and is worth another try at this longer trip. Again an each way interest may reward.
Dubawi Sound 3.05 and Saroque 3.40 represent the Venetia Williams/Aidan Coleman combo and both look to have each way chances at least although 11st 12 for the former gives little room for lack of fitness on his seasonal debut.
Gaitway looked an exciting prospect when winning at Newbury and should be a sound investment in the first.
Richard Honeyball’s Lily Waugh is a horse I have followed and although 3 lbs out of the handicap had a good each way chance in the mares hurdle at 2.05.
The Badger Ales Trophy 2.40 is always a highly competitive handicap chase. Court by Surprise won well at Exeter, whilst The Young Master continues to improve and is a great ride for Barry Geraghty to pick up. Both are worthy if an each way bet.
The opening novice hurdle has at least 3 very promising sorts heading the betting. Golans Choice would be a tentative selection if pushed.
I witnessed Mr Utah’s previous course win and he may well oblige again over a longer trip if fit.
Malcolm Jefferson’s Firth of Clyde 2.50 was well enough regarded to run at the Cheltenham Festival and can prove too good for the rest if straight enough on his seasonal debut.
Ballyvoque 3.25 showed promise in bumpers and novice hurdles last season and can go well on his handicap debut under Ryan Mania.