15:35 - Sandown Park Preview & Tips
WINDSHEAR was formerly very smart on the flat, he makes his handicap debut over hurdles from what could prove to be a very lenient mark. He ran well two starts back in a smart novice event at Newbury, if he can come back to anything close to his flat best, he is a huge price. Cap Du Nord caught the eye last time staying on for minimal pressure with early support for him making him shorter than looked likely on handicap debut. Rainy Day Dylan is interesting in the first time tongue strap having stopped quickly last time. He was a short favourite there so clearly better was expected though his yard are scuffling a little.
Deep ground lover on the flat, he showed snippets of form in three novices last winter. Won a small handicap at Ffos Las on the level in September, weighted up to his best on his flat form but is at least unexposed in this sphere.
My Boy James (IRE) | J: Tommy Dowling T: Laura Mongan
A smidge disappointing on his handicap debut in April considering he was only two lengths behind the 132 rated Azzerti over this course and distance the time before. Surely capable of better this season, perhaps the return here will help.
Present Destiny (IRE) | J: Daniel Sansom T: Seamus Mullins
Solid bumper form but is yet to go on from a promising first try over hurdles. Should improve for going handicapping, his opening gambit looking a pound or two high on the balance of his form.
Cheer's Delboy (IRE) | J: Charlie Poste T: Robin Dickin
Ran well behind the smart Slate House at the end of October, not really building on that last time. Another who should progress now that he has joined the handicap ranks but this initial mark doesn't exactly look generous.
Rainy Day Dylan (IRE) | J: Richard Johnson T: Neil Mulholland
Stopped quickly when sent off favourite last time, a first time tongue strap fitted now. Given how he faded there a breathing problem is a possibility so improvement is expected. The yard are struggling for form at present however which tempers confidence a little but still a sound each way chance.
Its A Sting (IRE) | J: Leighton Aspell T: Oliver Sherwood
Smart form over hurdles back in the day, he hasn't been seen in this discipline since February 2015. A fall and an unseat over fences of late sees him back over the smaller obstacles on a confidence boosting mission. Needs more to win.
Pivotal Flame (IRE) | J: Joshua Moore T: Pat Phelan
Shaped nicely at Plumpton at the end of October, no surprise to see her struggle on handicap debut last time pitched in at Cheltenham. She still looks a little high in the weights despite a drop for that so is easy enough to pass over.
Windshear | J: Paddy Brennan T: Sophie Leech
Formerly very smart on the flat (rated as high as 112) he is well in on that form if he can ever rediscover it. Shaped a little better in a decent Newbury novice last month to suggest a bit of ability remains, he has the potential to do far better now handicapped, could be a big player.
Le Capricieux (FR) | J: Jamie Moore T: Gary Moore
Looked in need of this stiffer test at the trip when making his handicap debut last November. Looked a horse to note at the time, a thirteen month absence since a cause for concern. Entitled to need the return to action but one to note for later in the season.
Phoenix Dawn | J: Brendan Powell T: Brendan Powell
Wide margin scorer at Ludlow last month, though that wasn't much of a race. This stiffer track should suit him however, with form on the flat on soft, he should enjoy conditions. Gets a handy juvenile allowance so needs each way consideration.
Windspiel (FR) | J: Aidan Coleman T: David Arbuthnot
On paper his run last time out was his best run by better part of a stone and a half. That was a three runner contest run at a steady pace so perhaps isn't the strongest form guide but should do better now handicapping in any case.
Cap Du Nord (FR) | J: Denis O'Regan T: Christian Williams
Hasn't shown much in three runs for a mark but wasn't beaten far behind a nice prospect for Noel Meade in a point to point. Caught the eye last time when not given a hard time, one of the more interesting ones on handicap debut.