The going at Sandown at the time of writing this article is currently soft, good to soft in places on the chase course and soft, heavy in places on the hurdles track. We are almost guaranteed soft ground so we have picked out four horses who ought to appreciate the conditions on the day and they form a tasty accumulator.
Gauloise could be all the rage for Irish backers but she might have her work cut out to beat Martello Sky. Lucy Wadham’s mare made it two wins from three this season at Cheltenham in December, scoring in a handicap off a mark of 140. She has a terrific record on soft ground and could take beating.
Venetia Williams has had a terrific spell the last couple of months and that looks set to continue with Farinet, another one of her French breds. The seven-year-old was pulled up at Cheltenham on his return from an absence in December but bolted up over this course and distance in March to round off last season’s campaign and the ground has come good for him now.
Monsieur Lecoq looks far too big a price at the moment and I’d hazard a guess that he won’t be this price come race time. He really struggled at Lingfield in December when last seen but he was second in a very high quality 0-150 handicap chase at Ascot in October on soft and is now running off the same mark down in class.
Constitution Hill is the current second-favourite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and rightly so after his breathtaking success over course and distance in December. That was a 14 length success on soft ground and the former Irish point recruit should blow his rivals away in the feature.
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