By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
A nine-race card at Sandown presents a variety of races for punters to have a go at through Bank Holiday Monday. The first six contests make up the Tote Placepot and below you’ll find our handy pointers to get you ahead of the pool.
How's the Going?
The going at Sandown Park on Monday will be Soft all round and there may be patches of heavy included. There will be some rail movements to ensure the freshest surface possible, but it will pay to side with horses with proven stamina and some course form would be handy.
The Big Trend:
WILLIAM BUICK is most certainly the man to follow. Not just at Sandown, but in general, with an impressive 24% strike rate in the last fortnight. The record improves at Sandown, where he has ridden 10 winners from 31 rides this term, a 32% hit rate.
Buick has a full deck of rides throughout the first six races, so keep an eye out for Placepot perm inclusion for a couple of his best fancies below!
ARECIBO (Leg 2, 3:35) is a frustrating sort, but he boasts much of the best form in this race, plenty of it coming on soft ground which he encounters today. He was beaten by the reopposing Maygold in a soft ground Haydock handicap last year, but is 12lb better off with that rival here.
David O’Meara’s charge boasts some of the best speed figures in the field and ran another cracker last time, when fourth of 21 runners at York. With just the seven rivals today at this stiff track, he looks sure to be running-on strong late in the day.
Outsider to Consider:
CANDELISA (Leg 6, 5:50) wears a tongue-tie and cheekpieces for the first time today and also takes a drop back in trip to a mile, having not got home over 10f last time out. David Lougnane’s veteran has a workable mark of 78 and despite not showing any winning form of late, the son of Dream Ahead has been running quite well in defeat. His Newmarket run on soft ground two starts back was much better than the bare form figure suggests and a repeat of it here could see him run a big race at rewarding odds.
The 4:10 (Leg 3) is a big field race full of lightly or unraced juvenile horses and with very little form to go on, pretty much anything could happen! All told however, the safest option looks to be Hughie Morrison’s HUDDLETON MAC, who posted a quick time in defeat when second to Jumby at Ascot on debut. If that was a true running, he’ll surely hit the frame here. To help ensure we negotiate this torpedo leg safely, let’s add DIAMOND BAY for up and coming trainer Tom Ward. This colt is sired by New Bay, who has made an impressive start to breeding duties.
Our Placepot Perm:
Leg 1: 4 Leg 2: 6 Leg 3: 2,6 Leg 4: 5,7 Leg 5: 9,11 Leg 6: 1,10
1 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16 lines
Select any odd to add a bet