14:30 - Sandown Park Preview & Tips

Distance: 2m 3f 173y
Going: Soft
Runners: 7
Prize: £30,000
Type: Hurdle
Surface: Turf
Winter Novices' Hurdle tips for Friday's Grade 2 race. A field of eight go to post for the 2017 renewal of the Winter Novices' Hurdle, a Grade 2 contest. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
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White Moon and On The Blind Side are two very smart horses who the market have latched onto and although they both have solid claims, the forgotten horse seems to be SPRINGTOWN LAKE. He was seven lengths clear and drawing right away when stumbling after the last on his latest start and falling, hugely unlucky not to win. That performance suggests he is ready to step up into graded company and under the champion jockey, he can take victory.

Diamant Bleu (FR) | J: Lizzie Kelly T: Nick Williams
Makes his British return for Nick Williams today after looking progressive in France, winning once in a useful looking Auteuil Conditions race. He is unexposed but needs to improve a great deal and others are preferred.

On The Blind Side (IRE) | J: Nico de Boinville T: Nicky Henderson
Has won both his rules starts for Nicky Henderson, grinding out a good success at Cheltenham on his latest start. He loved the stamina test and will need a strong gallop to be seen at best effect. He's the class in the race and has to be respected.

Dynamite Dollars (FR) | J: Harry Cobden T: Paul Nicholls
Won his first two hurdling starts before a disappointing effort at Haydock when last seen in a Listed contest. This is even tougher and although he remains with potential, his stamina isn't assured on this ground and others are preferred.

Marley Firth (IRE) | J: Harry Skelton T: Dan Skelton
Point to Point winner who made the best possible start to his rules career with a comfortable victory at Chepstow last month. He will relish this extra distance and loves softer ground, so he's a key player for the in form Skelton team.

Mulcahys Hill (IRE) | J: A. P. Heskin T: Warren Greatrex
Showed some useful form in bumpers and made a good start to his hurdling career at Ffos Las last month. He won by two lengths but was driven right out and this is a much tougher race. Each way contender as he's unexposed but he should find a few too good.

Red River (IRE) | J: David Bass T: Kim Bailey
Cost £58,000 at the April Sales and that money was well warranted as he won easily at Wincanton in October. He was still green that day but was well in command and seems well regarded by connections. Another who can be given each way claims, but this trip may not be enough.

Springtown Lake (IRE) | J: Richard Johnson T: Philip Hobbs
One of the more experienced horses who was about to win at Wincanton two weeks ago when falling at the last. He was eight lengths up at the time and very unlucky. He faces a much stiffer task here but he's on the upgrade and shouldn't be for catching now upped in grade.

White Moon (GER) | J: Aidan Coleman T: Colin Tizzard
Looks to be a promising individual for Colin Tizzard, making it two from two when clearing away impressively at Exeter last month. This is his toughest test yet but he was well on top at the line and rates as a key player.

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