Our website tipster Dave Nevison thinks a recently revitalised seven-year-old appeals as well-weighted among three fancies for Friday's action. Enjoy every moment from Sandown, York, Goodwood, Fairyhouse, Clonmel and Aintree live on Racing TV and Racing TV Extra.
Ivan Furtado has four winners from his last 10 runners and probably rates unlucky not to have five as Scudamore needed a stronger gallop at Kempton on Wednesday. The trainer has his horses in great shape, and hopefully Desert Emperor will be in good form after a short break for his handicap debut.
Desert Emperor was dropped down to an extended mile for his third run and fared well behind the William Haggas ‘good thing’ Irish Admiral. He wasn’t knocked about there and will be much better suited by stepping back up to an extended ten furlongs.
Desert Emperor is an inexperienced maiden, but most of these are exposed and some find it difficult to win so I’m hopeful youthful enthusiasm can win the day.
I have Declan Carroll’s Emiyn in my Racing TV Tracker and I’ll be watching for a market move at a track the trainer loves winners at, but the gelding is the first yard’s first runner for three weeks after a couple ran very badly. I’m just watching for the moment.
Russian Virtue shouldn’t still be a maiden after several good runs last season and, left on the same mark as last time, has a good chance to get off the mark at the seventh time of asking.
He was a good fifth on his return at Doncaster on Lincoln weekend against much more experienced handicappers, suggesting a win was not too far away. He ran poorly as a short-priced favourite at Nottingham next time, but it looks as though that was too bad to be true as he ran very well again after a break at Yarmouth last time, staying on at the death for third.
The Menuisier yard is one of my favourites and the hood tried last time is persisted with for Russian Emperor. I certainly think the uphill finish at Sandown will suit him well in a race set to be run at a decent pace.
Danielsflyer went on a disappointingly long losing run and looked unenthusiastic at times after first joining Michael Dods two seasons ago, but he has certainly turned the corner now and the trainer has found the key to him.
Danielsflyer won twice earlier this year and ran a good second to absolute plot Boardman last time. While comfortably beaten at York, Boardman has already won since from a 10lb higher mark so a 2lb rise in the weights is a real result - especially as two who finished behind have won subsequently (with Highfield Princess and Molls Memory both put up in this column).
If Dods has really got this horse back on an upward curve, Danielsflyer still has plenty to play with off this mark of 85 as he was racing off marks in the 100s not that long ago and has won off 93. Big-field handicaps suit him well and I’m hoping for a good run from a decent draw.Start your free one month trial of Racing TV now and enjoy all the action from Britain and Ireland!
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