It’s the final day of the jumps season, where our Sandown Tips will be aiming to sign off the British National Hunt season on a high!
There are seven other meetings on a very busy Saturday, including our ITV Racing Tips from Sandown, Leicester and Haydock.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Eqtidaar rapidly improved last season when going onto win the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. That’s a high class piece of form as the second, Sands Of Mali, won the Champions Sprint at the end of last year.
Eqtidaar’s form tailed off slightly afterwards, but that was in Group 1’s against his elders. Dropped in grade for his reappearance here, it’s his first try at seven furlongs. Being a half-brother to 2,000 Guineas runner-up Massaat, the step up in trip should be ideal.
River Frost must have had his fair share of problems as he’s only been seen four times in the last eighteen months, but he looked a quality horse prior to those troubles.
Ninth in the Coral Cup at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival off 2lbs higher gives him a massive chance in this if rediscovering some of his old form.
Haydock has been a very happy hunting ground for Clarehaven handler John Gosden over the past five years. 99 runners yielding 30 winners at a 30% strike rate with a profit of £47.60 to level stakes. He has three runners there that make up a 69/1* treble!
Tristan Davidson doesn’t have loads of horses to go to war with, but the ones he does have, he does very well with. More known for jump horses, he operated at a mightily impressive 32% strike rate the season just gone.
Only 7 seven runners over middle-distances on the flat in the past couple of years, 4 of them have won and just 1 has been out of the places! He has a single runner at Haydock today.
Harry Fry and Sean Bowen have only teamed up three times together at Sandown, but they’ve been successful on two of those occasions. Combine that with their respective 29% and 25% strike rates at the track this season, their combination in the big race has to be respected.
*odds correct at the time of writing