The ground is forecast to be very testing at Sandown on Thursday which is unusual for this time of the year. With that in mind, it should obviously pay to follow horses with soft or heavy form in the book.
You will need to be a fit horse to get home in these conditions so backing something off the back of an absence is not advisable. Look for a horse that’s fit, ready to go, and loves the mud flying in the air.
The Jim Boyle trained Bad Company should take all the beating in the opener. He arrives here fit off the back of a nice pipe-opener at Windsor this month, where he finished second on inadequate good ground. He won four in a row between August and November last season, all on heavy or soft and a mark of 77 should not be beyond him.
William Buick is a very eye-catching booking aboard David Menuisier’s History Writer, who finished best of those drawn in single-digit number stalls in the Victoria Cup. The race massively favoured those drawn high on the day so it was a taking effort from stall nine. A French Listed winner on heavy ground, he can score dropped 2lb for that recent effort.
Silvestre De Sousa has been riding like a man possessed of late and seems to be winning everywhere he goes. He rides Mick Channon’s Urban Violet in the finale. The three-year-old filly bolted up by 8.5 lengths over the extended mile at this track last week. That was on heavy ground which she loves so she has a superb opportunity to follow up.