Dave Nevison's top tips for Wednesday: Rely on Olly to sparkle at Sandown

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 16 Sep 2020

A seven-race card at Sandown takes centre stage on Wednesday and our in-form tipster has three fancies, including one in the Listed feature at 3.55pm.

3.55 Sandown: Montatham at a general 2-1

This horse has been brilliantly campaigned this season but has helped his trainer in his placing by winning by narrow, although authoritative, margins in strong races which means this is the first time he has raced outside handicap company.

His success at York came in what I believe was the hottest handicap of the season, and the third-placed horse, Top Rank, did us a favour landing a Group Three on his next start.

Montatham’s win signalled the end of handicaps for him and he is definitely capable of landing this hot Listed race, and will no doubt run in Group company himself before the end of the season.

4.30 Sandown: Sparkling Olly at 5-2 with William Hill

After two quiet runs for Michael Bell, Ralph Beckett inherited a well-handicapped filly and she was very well backed when winning on her handicap debut in style over a mile at Chepstow.

The temptation to run under a penalty was irresistible, but she was disappointing when sent off odds-on last time out and it looks like the race came too quickly.

She has been given a break since and I am confident this well-bred filly will come back stronger this time.

5.00 Sandown: Dublin Pharaoh at a general 4-1

Dublin Pharaoh looks set to improve here with a lot in his favour compared to his latest start. The ground almost certainly went against him at Newmarket and he was a big drifter in the betting, but still ran okay behind a well-backed winner.

He has been dropped a generous 1lb for that effort and he will appreciate the sounder surface here. I don’t believe the step up in trip played a part in his defeat last time out. In fact, I expect him to improve for this distance.

He looks better than an 81-rated horse to me and I believe he could be one to follow this autumn, providing the ground holds up, or on artificial surfaces.

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