Trainer with 38% strike rate when fitting a hood has one at Sandown on Thursday at 50-1

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A lot of big priced winners in our free horse racing tips down the years have come from the angle of sporting headgear for the first time. Trainers are creatures of habit, often plotting the same paths with their horses year on year. That is also true when it comes to adding aids to get more from their charges. There is one at a big price at Sandown on Thursday that is a notable runner in new headgear for his trainer.

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4.15 Sandown – Littleworth Handicap Chase

Neil Mulholland is the trainer in question and his most notable headgear choice is a hood. Generally used to help keep horses calm, it’s an interesting decision to see it fitted onto a relatively experienced type as Mulholland does here with Spider’s Bite.

This is just his second start for the yard, making it no further than the first at Newbury on his debut. The nine-year-old has long given the impression that he has more talent than he has shown on the track so new headgear has to be considered interesting.

Both wins have come right handed, at Ludlow in a bumper and then over hurdles at the same track. His best chase start came at Ascot so this way round looks a positive. He was placed from two pounds higher at the last named course so his current mark is a workable one if he can sort out his jumping which has held him back.

Sandown wouldn’t be the most natural track for a sloppy jumper but his yard are 5/29 all time with their chasers at Sandown for a level stakes profit of £8.50. Given the price and a trainer with a 38% strike rate when adding a hood for the first time, he is worth each way consideration in an open looking contest.

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