Sandown on Sunday – Three stars set to shine
Sandown Tips On Sunday
A competitive looking card for Sandown’s seven-race card on Sunday and some interesting names are entered. Our team preview three of the key races and likely matchups.
13:00 Guildford Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase, 2m4f
Only 6 runners are declared but it promises to be a very interesting race with MINELLA TRUMP looking to win for the sixth time in succession. Now 12lb higher than when first winning at Perth in May the seven-year-old is in the form of its life. This will be one of Minella Trump’s toughest assignments to date with the likes of Fifty Ball and Sending Love both serious challengers for in form yards.
However, trainer Donald Mccain also has his string in fine fettle and will be looking to get another win on the board and provide former champion jockey Brian Hughes with his 87th winner of the season.
14:10 John O’Leary Memorial Future Stars Intermediate Chase, 3m
Nicky Henderson took this race last year when Pym saw off just three rivals. Only two will go to post this time around and it will be disappointing if CHANTRY HOUSE can’t readily brush aside The Big Breakaway. After comfortably taking a Novices’ Chase at Wetherby on seasonal reappearance last year, Chantry House claimed the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, a race in which short-priced favourite Envoi Allen departed just four flights in.
Another success in the Betway Midmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree soon followed, and again there was an element of fortune about the manner of victory as Espoir De Romay of Kim Bailey’s fell two from home when still holding an advantage over his nearest pursuer.
Chantry House is a long way clear on official ratings and despite some people questioning his last two victories, the seven-year-old will be a warm order to win fresh after a break.
15:15 Seeyouatmidnight Veterans’ Handicap Chase, 3m
A chance for the older horses to shine at Sandown as seven runners will take their place in the Veterans’ Chase.
Singlefarmpayment is a consistent sort and is often fancied for these types of events. A winner two starts ago at Ascot also in a Veterans’ Chase provided the eleven-year-old with a first win in over five years.
Wandrin Star of Kim Bailey’s has often run some promising races after a layoff and is now 1lb lower than when finishing second at Ascot three runs back when only beaten a head. Connections will hope a recent wind op can aid the ten-year-old back to winning ways.
Mr Mafia will be hoping for a third win in a row after two wide-margin victories but is up against stronger opposition this time around and may struggle to complete the hat trick.
Vivas is one of three ten-year-olds in the race and despite a welcome return to form at Chepstow in October, Charlie Longsdon’s horse is not one to put maximum faith in after failing to complete in four runs prior to that Chepstow second.
Ten-year-old’s have a particularly strong record in Veterans’ Races and GWENCILY BERBAS looks to hold solid claims for David Pipe and Fergus Gillard. After moving over the Irish Sea from Emmet Mullins’ yard, Gwencily Berbas looks to have turned a corner since joining the Devon-based trainer, finishing third and second subsequently. If returning in a similar form, then Gwencily Berbas remains well handicapped on old Irish form and can get back to winning ways having won off much higher marks in the past.