Final day of the jumps season and the battle is still on for the champion trainer title in both Britain and Ireland. We concentrate on Sandown today where the Nicholls and Henderson runners will be getting plenty of attention.
The going at Sandown is Good/Good to firm in places and the track has been watered.
2.25 Sandown bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2)
The books look to have the market just about right.
This is Menorah’s big target as the 12y.o. goes for his fourth win in this race.
Traffic Fluide (with cheek pieces fitted today) sets the recent form standard off his third in the Melling Chase where Josses Hill finished a remote seventh.
However, Josses Hill will be suited by conditions and a return to his earlier season form gives him every chance.
I price as follows:
Traffic Fluide 5/2
Josses Hill 4/1
3.35 Sandown bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Hardly any of the thirteen declared can be completely ruled out for this stamina sapping 3m 5f event.
Scudamore takes over from Fehily, as the latter is unable to do the weight on Doing Fine.
Doing Fine has had a fairly consistent season since moving to the Mulholland yard last October, culminating in a commanding victory at Cheltenham ten days ago. Escapes a penalty for that win and looks sure to run well.
Difficult to price, but the general 9/2 available looks about fair.
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