Tips for Sunday’s racing action – Best bets at Sandown, Stratford and Ffos Las
Following on from some top-class horse racing action on Saturday, we give our top tips for Sunday’s racing from the day’s trio of meetings.
It has been a cracking weekend of horse racing action so far and there’s more to enjoy on Sunday with a good meeting at Sandown featuring the Listed Future Stars Intermediate Chase as well as a competitive veterans’ chase.
Also going to post on Sunday is further jumping action from Stratford and also Ffos Las. In all 22 races will head to post across the day’s trio of racing fixtures and we’ve picked out our best bets and tips for Sunday’s racing action.
TIPS FOR SUNDAY’S RACING ACTION – BEST BETS AT SANDOWN, STRATFORD & FFOS LAS
12:40 Sandown – Hampton Court Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
Punters are encouraged to watch their bets with similarly-named Espion and ESPALION both in the line-up and preference is for the hat-trick seeking Khalkevi gelding who has looked progressive this campaign with a brace of recent wins at Uttoxeter and Exeter in recent weeks.
Jeremy Scott’s charge won a shade comfortably when last seen out beating Level Of Intensity by just over one length, jumping to the front over the last before keeping on well in a race where he was giving weight all round. A subsequent winner has come out of that race since to give the form a small boost although it perhaps wasn’t the strongest of races.
A further 3lbs rise in the weights demands more, but he should improve again for this extra yardage and there may yet be more to come from him as he bids to land his three-timer here.
2:50 Ffos Las – Walters Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 3m
TUDORS TREASURE has to concede race-fitness to a few of these but Robert Stephens‘ charge could be worth chancing nonetheless to make a winning return.
The Dr Massini gelding was in good form throughout 2019, winning twice at Exeter and he returned from eight months off to kickstart last campaign with a very good runner-up effort at this venue in December behind Lac Sacre.
That run was followed up by another pair of in-the-frame efforts before he got back on teh scoresheet at Exeter and he can compete here from only 3lbs higher as he goes back up significantly in trip.
This trip and ground have held no fears for the nine-year old in the past and he can go well on his reappearance having run well fresh in the past.
1:15 Sandown – Guildford Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
SEVARANO is built for chasing and Oliver Sherwood’s charge can make a winning transition to the larger obstacles.
The Shantou gelding proved a smart sort over hurdles last term, progressing well to win twice and make the frame in a Grade Three contest on his final start behind Mcfabulous at Kempton on his final run where he sported a visor for the first time.
He could well thrive now switching to fences and if translating his very useful hurdles form from last term to the larger obstacles then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him deliver a big run on his first attempt at chasing.
2:00 Stratford – Dodwell Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m2½f
Prince Escalus was impressive when scoring at the first attempt over hurdles last month but it might be worth chancing Nigel Twiston-Davies’ FANTASTIKAS to make a winning reappearance on his first hurdles start having shown up well in bumpers last term.
The Davidoff gelding twice finished runner-up from his three outings latterly chasing home Martello Sky despite looking ill at ease around the sharp turns of Fakenham. That winner has won again since and he could improve now switching to obstacles for his top yard.
In receipt of weight from Jonjo O’Neill’s penalised last-time winner he can make his presence felt in this contest with the track expected to prove a better fit.
2:17 Ffos Las – Walters Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4f
LAMANVER STORM found a jolt of improvement switching from bumpers to hurdling when finishing runner-up at Exeter back in February behind Big Bresil, almost defying big odds in the process.
Tom Lacey’s Geordieland gelding makes his reappearance here and ought to be suited by this additional yardage which could elicit sufficient progress to see him take a moderate contest on just his second outing over timber assuming his yard has him fully revved up ahead of his return.
He did shape quite well on his first hurdles start and while the form looks ordinary he is chanced to improve for that experience to take this prize.
3:10 Stratford – Wilmcote Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m½f
SCRUTINISE has to concede weight to this field of rivals but Zoe Davison’s charge could prove equal to the task.
The Intense Focus gelding won twice last term at Plumpton in soft and heavy ground, and he rounded off his campaign with a very good second at Market Rasen in a better class of race although he was no match for an easy winner.
He’s returned in good heart, winning on his reappearance over course and distance in October with a neck defeat of Lady Reset; he then lost no caste in defeat next time when beaten into second behind Soyouthinksoagain who looked very well handicapped.
Despite that defeat over a longer trip he pulled a along way clear of the third and he can remain competitive here despite another 3lbs rise in the ratings dropping back now to his optimum distance.