Another stunning Saturday of jump racing during this cracking run of the year.
The highlight is the Tingle Creek where it will be a joy to see Ar Mad put the field to the test, although ultimately the odds on Fox Norton should prevail.
Sandown also provides us the chance to revisit a couple of recent fancies. Man Of Plenty was a massive price when second at Haydock for us recently. He looks like going off a massive price here too. He perhaps didn’t quite see out the longer trip last time on desperate ground, but that ability to handle a slog can be useful on this often gruelling hurdles course and we can again profit from this seemingly unfashionable pick.
Later, Cresswell Breeze looks to start a “National” spree by adding the London National to the Southern National she won for us last time at Fontwell. That was a tidy effort and her strong travelling and neat jumping style should suit this course. The 7lb rise is fair and a mare in form is worth following.
Speaking of Nationals, the big fences at Aintree see action today. The Becher Chase is the National trial and looks at the mercy of Blaklion, fourth in the big one, a great second to Bristol de Mai on seasonal debut, and yet just one pound higher than here in April. On the face of it, he looks a short price for a 16 runner heavy ground slog, but on the book, it should just be a case of jumping soundly.
The Grand Sefton gives another chance to substantiate the National form as fifth home that day, Gas Line Boy, lines up. He has a Jekyll and Hyde Aintree relationship with a fall at the first in his debut National, and looking likely to storm home here over regular fences on seasonal debut until another crashing fall. That is clearly the issue, but he jumped superbly in April and his free-wheeling style is tailor made for this track.
Blaklion, (1330 Aintree), 1pt win, 3/1 generally available
Gas Line Boy, (1510 Aintree), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
Blaklion & Gas Line Boy, 1pt win double, approx 17/1
Man Of Plenty, (1420 Sandown), 0.5pts each way, 20/1 generally available
Cresswell Breeze, (1530 Sandown), 1pt win, 10/1 Paddy Power
Man Of Plenty & Cresswell Breeze, 0.5pt each way double, approx 230/1
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