The ITV cameras return on Friday, with racing from Sandown and Perth on the agenda. There’s five races to look forward too, including three pattern races from Sandown. That feature is the Group 2 bet365 mile, supported by the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes and Classic Trial.
We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, but as always, I’ve gone hunting for some big prices. Although it’s mainly pattern action, we also have the Esher Cup and Highland National handicaps on the agenda. I’ve found a pair of value runners that make into an 390-1 double and they can be found below!
1.50 Sandown – Without Revenge
It’s been a slow period for Roger Charlton, but Without Revenge could kickstart his season in the opening television race. Running in a pair of difficult races to kick off his career, he broke through at Lingfield when last seen in November. Doing that very easily, he was going away at the finish and shaped as though he’d improve plenty in handicaps.
He makes his handicap debut off a mark of 80, which looks more than fair, with the third from that Lingfield race breaking his maiden since. He also gains the services of Hollie Doyle and given that he’s likely to be dropped in early, her riding style will play to his strengths.
Sneaking in at the bottom of the weights, this son of Muhaarar is bred to do far better in time. Costing 70,000gns and related to a Group 1 winner, this is a good starting point back on turf. The stiff finish at Sandown is another positive and at 20-1, he looks severely underestimated.
2.40 Perth – Monkey Puzzle
With all of his best form coming on truly “good” ground, the sunshine has come just in time for Monkey Puzzle. Oliver Sherwood’s string have returned to form in recent weeks and this nine-year-old looks set to be well suited by this marathon test.
Lightly-raced for his age, we have seen him just six times over fences, gaining his most recent victory at Fontwell back in August. That win came over 3m 2f, the furthest he’s gone, showing a very game attitude to fend off a determined rival in the dying strides. That run suggested further improvement could be derived from a stiffer test and he gets that today.
He’s two pounds below that last winning mark after some below-par efforts in 2021, but there were positives to take from a Doncaster third two starts ago. He’ll need to jump better than he has in recent starts, there’s no doubt about that. It’s still early days for him in this sphere, however, and a big run can be expected with progress expected for the new trip.
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