Sandown

So, the final blog before the festival! Cant wait for Tuesday and I will be doing a blog every day for the festival. I will make sure I post the blog the night before for everyone to have a read – I hopeful of a few winners. I've picked out a few who I fancy – HOLYWELL (of course!), POLLY PEACHUM, MA FILLUELE being a couple. Before I start the serious study we have the Imperial Cup to tackle today and a few decent races at Wolverhampton. If my four come in today I will have a right kitty for the week, they are decent prices and I expect good runs! Thanks to Fran (@Riosrider) for the photo for the blog again. Below is the #twittergamble for the boys, we'll do one of these for each day of the festival too.
 
#Twittergamble
@Tonythetyke – WHISTLE DIXIE 1545 SANDOWN
@Liamkenniford – AIGLE DE LA SEE 1400 SANDOWN
@Fernando_RFC2 – CHOOKIE ROYALE 1415 WOLVES
@DazGilbert1 – BALLYHEIGUE BAY 1435 SANDOWN
 
Here are my selections :
GASSIN GOLF 1510 SANDOWN (nap) (3rd – 25-1 = £15.62)
Came second in this last year and is 11lbs higher than that today. I'm putting a line through his last run at Ascot in the Ladbroke, he never got in the race and was rightly pulled up. Interestingly despite how terrible that run was the handicapper hasn't reduced his mark, he knows he's a better horse than that as do I! Dickie Johnson rides him and he wouldn't be on him if he didn't think he had a sniff. Dickie's record on him is 2,2,3,4,2,2. He was a decent horse on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott and he's a horse I've tracked. He has a race like this in him! He has yet to score over hurdles but I do think he's smart and the better ground will help today. I'm expecting a big run!

CHIDSWELL 1400 SANDOWN (nb) (unplaced = -£5.00)
Has been performing consistently well and is very interesting on his handicap debut. His trainer also has a decent record with handicap debutants. He has been beaten twice in novice events, the last one was a decent contest and he was beaten by a smart sort in CLEAN SHEET. Who on the back of that has beengiven a mark of OR135. He could run a big race at a good price.

AL THAKIRA 1415 WOLVERHAMPTON (treble) (3rd – 4-1 = £2.50)
She has decent form at 7f and ran well on a few occasions last year. She needs to be ridden patiently and she may need a bit of luck. She has the proven class in the race and has a good record fresh. I think she will have too much for these today.

COPPER KAY 1545 SANDOWN (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This is hot little race and a lot of money is going on the top two. My selection justified favouritism last time at Warwick in a nice little contest and there will be more to come from her. The form hasn't been franked but I liked what I saw that day and think she will run well at a decent price.
 
My Dad's selections are:
AS DE MEE 1400 SANDOWN (WON 8-1 = £25.00)
FASCINO RUSTICO 1510 SANDOWN (PU = -£5.00)
WHISTLE DIXIE 1545 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)
MELVIN THE GRATE 1450 WOLVERHAMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)
 
Standings
Father 8-7 Son
Profit
Father -£42.64
Son £158.61
 

Imperial Cup Day

I have to start todays blog with the horse that won big for the blog on here last Saturday, PACHA DU POLDER (courtesy of Getty Images). His win made it two big winning Saturday naps on the trot, with OPENING BATSMAN wining the week before. I also had a nice winning nap yesterday with HANOVERIAN BARON. I'm hoping therefore I am getting a good position ready for the festival next week. Lets hope I can keep the Saturday trend going today! To be honest the racing is a bit average today and is obviously playing second fiddle to the events at Prestbury Park next week. I hope I've picked a few out though.
 
ALVARADO 1440 SANDOWN – (nap) (REF) he is only 4lbs higher today than when winning at Wetherby in October. He defeated PIGEON ISLAND that day and had subsequent winner EASTLAKE well behind. I hoping the stiff finish here, similar to Wetherby's finish will play to his strengths.
 
MR MOLE 1515 SANDOWN – (nb) (PU) is still on a good mark and the significance of Paul Nicholls sending him here with the ground turning in his favour is a real plus. He has solid form and he defeated MELODIC RENDEZVOUS back in October. Huge chance!
 
EDMUND KEAN 1405 SANDOWN – (treble) (3rd – 9-2) I napped him on his reappearance when he won easily at Fakenham earlier this year. A facile success followed and he is unexposed and good be a very good horse. Again the ground seems to have gone in his favour. I had a good day in this race last year when tipping AMBION WOOD, this guy won't be the same price as that but he is a similar type.
 
MIAS BOY 1455 WOLVERHAMPTON – (4th – 17-2) has been running well in defeat this season and is now 6lbs better off than when he was third in this last year. George Baker rides him for his only ride of the day and I think the fast paced battle between LOYALTY and GUEST OF HONOUR will set up the right pace for him to attack off.
 
SKYTRAIN 1715 WOLVERHAMPTON – (2nd – 15-8) made all last time over 7 furlongs and it seemed to be the right distance to get the best out of him. More to come and he should take this.
 
MOLLY'S A DIVA 1550 SANDOWN – (WON 17-2) won battling on heavy on her first start on heavy ground and then followed that up with another solid success last time out at Huntingdon. Could be dangerous on this ground.
 
KENNY POWERS 1420 WOLVERHAMPTON – (2nd – 9-4) is a course and distance winner who has been running well at Meydan and should be sharp and fit and should take this.
 
DO IT FOR DALKEY 1525 AYR – (WON 100-30) conditions will be perfect for this one and two recent good runs in second will have set him up nicely for this. His second last,time to COOL OPERATOR is solid form, COOL OPERATOR defeated RIGADIN DU BEAUCHENE prior to that and we know what he did after that!
 
So, those are my selections for today. Hopefully I can keep this good trend going. I will be putting an in-depth blog up every night prior to the Festival days and will do an analysis of each horse I fancy in each race. Can't wait! Good luck today if you're betting and remember to do so within your means.