JONJO HAS FOUND THE IDEAL RACE FOR TEDHAM
Sandown 1.50 - Any tipster or columnist napping LAURINA today should be ashamed. Willie Mullins’ main Champion Hurdle hope looks to be the next top mare off the Closutton production line and shouldn’t be beaten today.
It is disappointing that we have only the four runners but the selection’s presence has obviously scared them all away and perhaps rightly so. Some punters are still undecided whether or not she is the real deal and they will still be wondering that after today I think, as we will learn very little about her I fear. She does tend to throw in the odd sketchy jump here and there which means she could be her own main rival but still, she shouldn’t be getting beat here.
Wincanton 2.05 - A real competitive heat where plenty of runners are in with a shout but preference is for BARTON KNOLL. John Mackie’s charge has always hinted at ability but his 46 length demolition of Go with the flow last time out suggested he could now ascend to a new level now sent chasing. Noel Fehily is an eye catching booking and I am interested to see how well handicapped he is off his current mark.
Sandown 2.25 - Last year’s Tolworth winner went on to gain victory in the Supreme and I’m hopeful that my selection could repeat the feat. Nicky Henderson has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to top novice hurdlers and I think RATHHILL (NAP) is somewhere near the pick of them. I was ultraim pressed with his victory on racecourse debut and he caught many an eye with the way he travelled into the race that day. This stiff two miles should be right up his street.
Wincanton 2.40 - If you look at TEDHAM’s (NB) form to date, you will see he has had the misfortune to bump into some rather good horses. After contes tBetfair ing some hot novice contests, he should appreciate the step into handicap company where his master trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, looks to have found him the ideal opportunity to get his head in front.
Sandown 3.00 - Today is a special day, as it will probably be the first and last time I tip a 15 year old horse. I was 14 when PETE THE FEAT first saw a racecourse and now 12 years later it would be a remarkable story if he could regain his Veterans Final crown. Although there is a fair degree of my heart going into this tip, there is also a little bit of science. He loves Sandown, stays all day and showed enough last time out to suggest he could figure here.
Wincanton 3.15 - I get the impression that COPAIN DE CLASSE is best when caught fresh as he rarely strings two runs together when only given a short amount of time between his races. There is no doubting his ability and especially his looks but Paul Nicholls will be wanting a bit more consistency from a horse he holds in high regard. He has been given plenty of time since his disappointing Wetherby run and with Miss Saturday booked to do the steering everything looks set up for a much improved performance.
Sandown 3.35 - These two mile Sandown handicap hurdles are always trappy and it is hard to get an angle in. I’ve got on the wrong side of COURT ROYALE a few times this season but I’m hoping we can eventually see eye to eye today. I thought he was unbeatable at Hereford in November but he somehow managed to taste defeat despite travelling like the winner. He then went on to beat impressive Ascot winner, Darling Maltaix, at Taunton where I deserted him. A solid run last time out in a hot handicap hurdle proved he is on the upgrade and dropped back down in grade I think he should be able to hit the frame at the very least.