Two races from Sandown to look at today. The forecast going is on the good side of soft, which is in marked contrast to the heavier conditions experienced at most courses recently that have played a dominant role in my pricing and overall assessment of races.
1.15 1m7½f Betfred “Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s” Handicap Chase (Class 2) (5yo+)
Gino Trail and Big Jim should ensure this race is run at a good pace.
Difficult to access the level of form achieved by Dolos over fences with certainty, but his mark looks high enough.
Cepage stayed on well to finish second at Ascot in similar conditions. A reproduction of that effort gives him every chance here. Charlie Deutsch claims 3lb which is a positive.
Top Gamble is on a good handicap mark.
I price the field as follows:
Top Gamble 7/2
Gino Trail 4/1
Big Jim 6/1
Currently the books all hover around the 3/1 mark for the top three in the market.
3.35 3m Betfred Mobile Masters Handicap Chase (Class 2) (5yo+)
Very open handicap.
Final Nudge will be suited by conditions and is on a fair mark. He is the 5/1 favourite with the majority of layers.
Quite By Chance has had a wind operation since last seen at Cheltenham on new year’s day. He has always given me the impression that longer distances could suit him best. At the 14/1 presently on offer, he is of interest.
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