Dave Nevison's top horse racing tips for Saturday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 22 Apr 2022

Betting expert Dave Nevison tipped a stunning 230-1 treble on Friday and has three fancies on the bet365 Jump Finale card at Sandown on Saturday plus likes one on the Flat at Haydock. Watch how they run live on Racing TV.

1.50 Sandown: Whizz Kid

Was an expensive failure at Aintree, but I am sticking with him for at least another run as I felt he rather ran away with his conditional rider on that occasion.

With Sam Twiston-Davies back on board, Whizz Kid may conserve his energy better. He was a useful handicapper, almost Listed class on the Flat, and was thought good enough to make his debut over hurdles in the Grade One Tolworth hurdle over this course and distance.

That didn’t work out but he subsequently bolted up in two novice events, including under Twiston-Davies, and still looks potentially well handicapped off a mark in 126.

2.05 Haydock: Alrehb

May have had issues in the past but was still quite an expensive purchase out of Charles Hills’ yard. He has taken a while to get going for his excellent new trainer but if he acts as well on turf as he does on the all-weather, then I think he could easily complete a hat trick here.

He has won both his past two handicaps by narrow margins, so his mark has barely been raised and he is only 1lb higher than his latest win. In addition, Laura Pearson takes off 3lb.

The switch of surface may be a risk but is one worth taking, with the opposition being useful but largely exposed. I have taken the view that Boardman, clearly well-handicapped, may be being readied for the Dante meeting at York.

3.32 Sandown: Kitty’s Light

I backed Kitty’s Light for this race last year and am still licking my wounds after being robbed in a dramatic finish (watch above) where Enrilo interfered with him. Kitty’s Light would have won but for that late incident, although he could have helped himself by jumping better and warming up quicker in the race.

He always comes with a massively powerful surge late in his races and nothing will be staying on better. And if he can ever lie up closer, then he will be a serious tool. The addition of cheekpieces is an overdue move, even for a chaser who is amazingly only a six-year-old. If they add a bit more sharpness to his game, the others will be in trouble.

Win My Wings, his stablemate, put up the best display of jumping I have seen all season to beat him in the Scottish Grand National last time, but she has gone up a stone and is 12lb worse off on Saturday.

Langer Dan was in danger of becoming a “cliff” horse for me but came good at Aintree, and here’s hoping Kitty’s Light, with some headgear, can follow suit.

5.15 Sandown: Fifty Ball

I backed this horse at a price for the Betfair Hurdle thinking him well-handicapped after an abortive spell over fences but he probably was not ready for that big-field scenario and ran poorly.

However, two subsequent runs in calmer waters have shown him to be still very capable over hurdles and he could be ready for this competitive race, which certainly looks as though it will be run at a pace that will suit his hold-up style.

Big fields are not an issue – he was second in the Betfair Hurdle last season - and he has won at this track before over hurdles. Niall Houlihan won on him last time and his 3lb claim is a useful one.

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