We stay at Sandown for two more races today. The going remains on the good side to soft.
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Wide open handicap, where Shanroe Santos could be a vulnerable favourite.
His jumping was less than fluent at Warwick and although that may improve, the current 11/4 is on the short side.
My provisional tissue:
Shanroe Santos 9/2
Willoughby Hedge 9/2
Masters Hill 11/2
Fourth Act 11/2
Another trappy handicap to finish the card.
The hood was left off Alcala on latest start, when he was well beaten before falling two out. The headgear returns today but he is a very risky proposition.
Twenty Eight Guns continues to progress and Dance Floor King is running well.
Last year’s winner of this race Morning Reggie has been out of form since.
I price as follows:
Twenty Eight Guns 7/2
Dance Floor 7/2
Gores Island 6/1
Morning Reggie 8/1
Aerlite Supreme 10/1
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