Sandown betting tips: 4th December

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12.45 – Sandown Park Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase – 3m

The Paul Nicholls-trained MY WAY ran an excellent race to finish fourth in Badger Beers Silver Trophy when last seen. He was probably ridden too aggressively that day given he was in front jumping the last fence and looked the winner for much of the race. If ridden a little conservative over this shorter trip dropping down in class, he’s surely going to be thereabouts in leg one of our Sandown tips.

Gary Moore’s DIABLE DE SIVOLA has produced two good performances in better races than this at this track, most notably when fourth behind three horses now rated 137 plus over course-and-distance two starts back from a mark of 132. He’s 5Ib lower this time around and has to be respected.

Paul Webber’s BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH was second in this race twelve months ago and is back on the exact same mark of 117 and is evidently better off at the weights with the winner. He’s been in good form this term, so another bold effort can be expected.


13.15 – Londesborough Handicap Chase – 1m7f

DANDOLO DU GITE should be sharper for his encouraging reappearance at Wetherby when last seen. The drop back to two-miles looks an interesting move and given the fact that he’s likely to be ridden prominently with jumping being one of key assets and the presence of Richard Johnson in the saddle, he has the potential to surpass his official mark.

ARDMAYLE arrives here on the back of a couple of in-the-frame efforts in recent weeks over hurdles and will relish the return to fences. He has course-and-distance winning form which gives him a distinct advantage over the majority of this field.


13.50 – My Oddsboost On Betfair Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase – 2m4f

QUARTZ DE RHEU was useful when trained by Willie Mullins and held his form reasonably well against decent opposition. He was given a conservative introduction on chasing/yard debut when last seen and is capable of improvement with conditions to suit.

Nicky Henderson’s MORNING VICAR jumped like a stag when impressively making all at Newbury last month. He’s been hit with a 6Ib rise as a result, but that doesn’t overly excessive and he’s fancied to go well again.

Sam Thomas has his team in fine form, so his only runner of the day, BEFORE MIDNIGHT has to be given a chance. He’s been running well over fences without success and wasn’t far behind Morning Vicar last time out.


14.25 – Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle – 2m3f

A competitive Grade Two in prospect with the vote going to Neil Mulholland’s, ANY NEWS, who has achieved the highest figures of this field. He made a bright start under rules, supplementing his impressive bumper success with an exciting hurdles debut victory last month, where he beat the highly-regarded Easy As That by ten lengths. This five-year-old looks capable of finding sufficient improvement over the extended trip to remain unbeaten and I’d make him much shorter than his current odds.

Selections: ANY NEWS

15.00 – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle – 2m7f

This looks like a cracking staying handicap and, with that in mind, I’m wanting a few on my ticket.

POINT OF PRINCIPLE won’t mind conditions and looks sure to run his race again. He produced a career-best performance when second in a Grade Three at Aintree in 2019 and if he can reproduce that sort of form, he would certainly be involved at the finish.

Top-weight and an absence to overcome wouldn’t be ideal, but PORTRUSH TED was very good in bumpers and over hurdles, particularly when looking set to place before falling when last seen. Essentially, he’s only 1Ib higher here and makes plenty of appeal for place purposes.

ILLEGAL MODEL was impressive when winning on debut for connections at Lingfield, beating a 140-rated individual on heavy ground. He then made a very encouraging return to action at Uttoxeter and there should be more to come.


15.35 – Listen To Weighed-In Podcast On Betfair Mares’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m3f

Harry Fry’s WHITEHOTCHILLIFILLI likely needed her reappearance when fifth at Wetherby last month and this race presents a more suitable opportunity. She was sixth at the Cheltenham Festival in a Grade Two that has worked out substantially well and I’m quite hopeful she’ll be competitive under Richard Johnson.

MISS HONEY RYDER can be forgiven for her poor effort when last seen and she’s best judged on her earlier efforts on softer ground, which she’ll get this weekend. Her mark of 120 looks quite lenient and she’s the type to bounce back to form.


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