The Racing Paper - - Opinion - AI­DAN COLE­MAN

Ihead to Sandown to­day for five rides and my first of the day is Pa­pa­gana for Oliver Sher­wood in the 2m4f Mares’ Hand­i­cap Hur­dle. won a 2m Novices’ Hur­dle on her at Ffos Las in May and I thought there was lots of im­prove­ment to come.

She has had a break since and ran a good race at Mar­ket Rasen on her sea­sonal de­but in Oc­to­ber. A track like Sandown should suit her.

It looks a com­pet­i­tive race, but she’s a nice mare and if she has im­proved for her sea­sonal de­but, she should go well.

The Pertemps Net­work Hand­i­cap Hur­dle has cut up quite a bit and if For­tu­nate Ge­orge brings his A Game to the ta­ble, he will have a great chance.

He has plenty of abil­ity and was a good per­former over hur­dles be­fore he was switched to fences last sea­son.

I ride Ping­shou in the ran­dox­ Henry VIII Novices’ Chase and he is a very good horse who won at Grade One level over hur­dles be­fore his long lay­off. He ran well on his come­back at Chel­tenham be­hind Lalor in Novem­ber, which was his first start over fences.

He just got a bit tried and that run should have brought him on as he was fresh early and did a bit too much in the early stages.

Lalor, who we take on again, was im­pres­sive at Chel­tenham as it looked as though there was lots of im­prove­ment to come from him be­fore the race.

Di­akali is sure to set a good gal­lop and it is a strong race, but I think Ping­shou will run well.

Fri­day Night Light, who is my mount in the Listed Hand­i­cap Hur­dle, has had a wind op since his last run and will be mak­ing his sea­sonal de­but.

My fi­nal ride of the day is Royal Va­ca­tion in the Bet­fair Lon­don Na­tional.

He ran a great race when sec­ond at Chel­tenham on his sea­sonal de­but in Novem­ber and if he re­pro­duces that run he will not be far away.

Mi­lans­bar, Chase The Spud and Money Wing are all spe­cial­ists in these type of races but I’m hop­ing Royal Va­ca­tion will run well.

Al­tior sets a high stan­dard: This week­end sees the re­turn of Al­tior and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing him run in the Bet­fair Tin­gle Creek Chase at Sandown.

He is an ex­cep­tional horse and is one of the best two-mile chasers we have seen for a long time, and there have been plenty of them.

It is a small but select field and is sure to be a great race, but Al­tior will be hard to beat. Champ de­liv­ers in style:

I was im­pressed with Champ, who I rode to vic­tory in the Lad­brokes Hand­i­cap Hur­dle at New­bury last Satur­day.

He raced keenly, as it was his first run of the sea­son and he was a bit fresh, but he stayed on nicely and won well in the end.

I am not sure where he will be go­ing next, but he goes on any ground and is a fine, big horse.

Bu­veur D’Air put up a tak­ing dis­play in the Fight­ing Fifth Hur­dle at New­cas­tle. To put Sam­cro in his place like that was im­pres­sive.

Siz­ing Ten­nessee pro­duced a great per­for­mance in the Lad­brokes Tro­phy.

It just goes to show the power the Tiz­zards have and how good they are at get­ting horses ready for the big days as train­ing the first two home in a race like the Lad­brokes Tro­phy is no easy feat.

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Will run well: Ping­shou

First up: Oliver Sher­wood

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