JONJO HAS FOUND THE IDEAL RACE FOR TEDHAM

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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.

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