We’re in for a treat at Sandown on Saturday, with the Tingle Creek being the highlight. A Grade 1 for the two-mile chasers, it sees Chacun Pour Soi lock horns with Nube Negra and Greeneateen. We also have the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, where Third Time Lucki will look to enhance his growing reputation. We’ll have horse racing tips for all the racing, including our NAP of the Day.
As always on a Saturday, I’ve gone digging for some bigger prices, and I believe these three horses can outrun their prohibitive odds. Priced at 50-1, 33-1 and 16-1, you can find all my analysis below.
2.40 Aintree – Unibet Becher Handicap Chase
The Becher is always a fascinating contest and I’ll take a stab at Domaine De L’Isle (50-1) at a big price. An eight-year-old, he ended last season in impressive fashion, winning a pair of handicaps at Kempton and Cheltenham. He relished a return to staying trips for the latter success, travelling best of all and winning with something in hand.
His return back at Cheltenham last time was disappointing, but it’s still early days for him at this trip and having won on heavy in the past, the ground shouldn’t be an issue. With race fitness under his belt, if he can jump as well as he did at Cheltenham over these new fences, he’ll be a big player for David Bass.
3.00 Sandown – Betfair Exchange London National Handicap Chase
Oliver Sherwood has enjoyed winners at prices of 22-1 and 16-1 in recent weeks and Seaston Spirit (33-1) could be another at strong odds for the stable. A four-time winner over fences, two of those victories came over 3m 4f in the mud, latterly at Plumpton back in January 2021. Three subsequent starts have been well below that standard, but he’s not back on his Plumpton rating.
He’s still lightly-raced as a marathon stayer, so further improvement is more than plausible, even as an eight-year-old. Although the vast majority of his wins have come going to the other way around, he has won going right handed and the incoming rain certainly boosts his chances. At 25-1 in a ten-runner race, I really like his chance of placing.
3.35 Sandown – Betfair Daily Rewards December Handicap Hurdle
Gary Moore runs two in this contest and it’s no real surprise to see Jamie Moore siding with the rapidly improving Hudson De Grugy. That being said, Natural History (16-1) remains exceptionally well-treated on his flat form and should rate higher over hurdles than he currently does.
He does have a tendency to throw in the odd shocker, as he did on seasonal return at Fontwell, but given his mark of 101 on the flat, 122 over timber should be well within range. Sent off favourite for last year’s Imperial Cup off 132, he’ll relish conditions and with Niall Houlihan taking off a further five pounds, I can see him running a massive race, provided he puts his best foot forward.
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