Nigel Twiston-Davies Stable Update 28/04/2018

Nigel Twiston-Davies Weekly Column

The last big meeting of the National Hunt season this afternoon at Sandown and Nigel has a few decent horses to go to war with as he looks for a little more prize money to round things off for now. All is well in the stable so fingers crossed for a memorable afternoon.

Nigel’s Charity Bet

As always, we’ve given Nigel a £25 charity bet to place on a horse of his choice – and this afternoon it will be on……

Blaklion 3.35pm Sandown Saturday

“Three runners for the stable here (see below) but granted a bit of well-deserved luck Blaklion has to be my number one pick regardless of having to carry top-weight. As we all know the best laid plans can go horribly wrong as we saw when he was brought down at the first in the Grand National but he is on a recovery mission here and in great form at home. The more rain the better for his chances but I wouldn’t swap him for any other horse in the field.”

If Blaklion wins, we’ll donate the winnings to the Injured Jockeys Fund!

Saturday’s Other Runners:

Ballymoy 1.50pm Sandown

“This will be his first run in a handicap as he looks for his hat-trick after wins at Uttoxeter and Bangor but I am a little bit wary that he may find this going on the quick side for him. It’s a valuable race and you have to be in it to win it, but I cannot pretend to be overconfident this afternoon.”

Benbens and Bigbadjohn 3.35pm Sandown

“Benbens finished fourth here last year but hasn’t been at his peak recently and he also has to carry three pounds more this year though I’m not sure how. He likes it here and will try his best, but I can’t pretend I don’t’ fancy Blaklion most of my three runners. Bigbadjohn didn’t get too far at Ayr when unseating at the third but he is in good heart at home, and a place is very much a possibility if he puts in a clear round.”

Wholestone 4.05pm Sandown

“Nicky Henderson’s Call Me Lord is also owned by Simon Munir and Issac Souede and runs in the same colours, and on official ratings he has the better chance, but I am hopeful that Wholestone has the class about him to make a mockery of that thought. He would be better over further but is in such good form at home that we just have to run him one more time for the season here, with a big run anticipated.”

Nigel Twiston-Davies will be back next week for his views on his runners as well as on a daily basis for all the major festivals! To see what our tipsters are backing in all the weekend’s races, check out our free daily horse racing tips!

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