Sunday’s racing tips – Through the card tips on Virgin Bet day at Sandown
We take a look through the card on Virgin Bet day at Sandown and provide readers with tips for every race on Sunday 10th November.
Sunday sees Sandown racecourse stage their first major card of the new jumps season and attendees could well see a future Gold Cup winner strut their stuff in the feature race of the afternoon. Our expert takes a look through Sunday’s card at Sandown in full and gives his selections for every race with Virgin Bet.
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Sunday’s Sandown Tips
12:45pm Premier League Betting At Virgin Bet Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
A wide-open handicap to start the afternoon off and we find two five-year-olds sitting atop the betting. While both Melekhov and Star Of Lanka hold appeal, I prefer the chances of NELSON’S TOUCH under top conditional, Page Fuller.
Seamus Mullins’ charge may have failed to win last season, but Nelson’s Touch came out second-best in four of his six outings. His first two runs came here at Sandown, finishing second to Totterdown before another runner-up finish, this time behind Man Of Plenty in the Listed December Handicap Hurdle.
Nelson’s Touch finished the season running over 18 furlongs and looks open to further improvement over two-and-a-half miles this season. He boasts valuable winning form on heavy ground too.
1:15pm Virgin Bet Follow Us On Twitter Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
Canelo looked hugely progressive during his novice hurdling campaign, but Alan King’s charge missed the entirety of last season through injury and is probably best watched as he makes his first start over fences. Sam Thomas’ The Cannister Man catches the eye near the bottom of the weights, but I’d be surprised if this didn’t go the way of ENVOYE SPECIAL.
Paul Nicholls threw his French recruit in the Kalashnikov on his first start for the yard last season and Envoye Special was outclassed, losing by 18 lengths. Nicholls’ five-year-old then ran into another talented sort at Kempton, finishing a 30-length sixth behind Glen Forsa. A drop in class resulted in a more competitive display on his final start of the season, where Harry Cobden’s mount crossed the line second behind an odds-on favourite.
Envoye Special is by far the most experienced chaser in this field and should relish the underfoot conditions. Bryony Frost should be celebrating at least one winner on Sunday.
1:50pm Bet And Watch At Virgin Bet Maiden Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
The Queen’s colours are bound to draw a few eyes in the paddock and Keen On will have plenty of support as a result. I, however, will pin my colours to a more experience runner, in what’s bound to be a hard-slog of a race thanks to the ground.
Protektorat leads the way in the betting, having shown promise as a juvenile. I’d rather side with an each-way contender though, with Dr Richard Newland’s new recruit, COBALTIC making the loudest case for selections.
While in the care of Elizabeth Doyle, Cobaltic finished a close second to now 122-rated Christopher Robin on heavy ground on debut, before placing third behind Lethal Steps in another maiden on his second start. Sam Twiston-Davies and Dr Newland have struck 25% of the time when they team up so far this season and Cobaltic could give the market leader something to think about.
2:25pm Virgin Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
Talkischeap secured an emphatic victory in the bet365 Gold Cup on his final start as a novice and Alan King’s chaser remains open to further improvement. However, while there may only be six-pounds between them in the weights, I don’t think he’s in the same league as SANTINI, who begins his march towards the 2020 Gold Cup here at Sandown.
Nicky Henderson only managed to get his charge out on the track three times last season. Santini began life over fences with a Grade Two victory at Newbury, before finishing a staying-on third in the Kauto Star at Kempton. Henderson’s seven-year-old then came up just half-a-length short of Topofthegame in a red-hot RSA, where he ran a cracker to split the winner and third-placed Delta Work.
Despite losing at the Festival, many are tipping Santini to take his game to a higher level during his second campaign over fences and Henderson will be very confident that his charge will make a winning start to the season here at Sandown.
2:55pm Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m
Paul Nicholls has decided to utilise Bryan Carver’s seven-pound claimer to help Miranda fight her way through the heavy ground at Sandown. I would still rather side with TOTTERDOWN, despite Fergal O’Brien’s recruit giving ten pounds to the favourite at the weights.
As I mentioned earlier, Totterdown is a course-and-distance winner at Kempton, having beaten Nelson’s Touch as a 25/1 shot 12 months ago. Paddy Brennan’s mount is also two-from-three on heavy ground, his only defeat coming when third behind Man Of Plenty and Nelson’s Touch in a Listed Hurdle last December.
Fergal O’Brien’s stable have been in excellent nick during the early weeks of the season and he could eek further improvement out of Totterdown, as the eight-year-old makes his first start for his new trainer.
3:30pm Casino At Virgin Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 9 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series) Cl2 (10yo+ 0-150) 3m
Carole’s Destrier remains a capable challenger in any form of race, let alone a Veterans Race like this, so Neil Mulholland’s experienced campaigner is greatly respected. It’s only LE REVE’S fantastic course form which makes me think Lucy Wadham’s eleven-year-old could come out on top.
After spending the best part of two years on the sidelines, it took Le Reve a few runs to get back into the groove last season. With Maxime Tissier in the saddle, Wadham watched her teenager roll back the years at Lingfield in February, where Le Reve held off many younger rivals to win the Surrey National.
Le Reve then romped to victory in the Grand Military Gold Cup here at Sandown, his fourth victory over course-and-distance. A little extra juice in the ground won’t do his chances of a fifth Sandown triumph any harm at all and Tissier’s claimer leaves Le Reve shouldering just 10-8.
4:00pm Download The App At Virgin Bet Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m
Hey Joe and Cape Milano look to be the best of the debutantes in this card-closing bumper, but they could have their work cut out trying to stop FRENCHY DU LARGE. Venetia Williams’ youngster finished second on both of his outings in flat races last season. I’d be surprised if he didn’t go over hurdles fairly soon after this spin around Sandown and he could be hard to beat on heavy ground which is likely to suit.