By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
On Sunday, we head to Sandown Park for an interesting and varied eight-race card.
The first six contests make up the Tote Placepot pool and with some competitive heats on show, there could be a nice dividend to look forward to.
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How's the Going?
It will be quick ground, with no rain in the forecast and the ground currently described as “Good”. It is likely to firm up further between now and race time, so mud-sluggers are not what yo are after when making your selections.
The Big Trend
FAVOURITES have an excellent record at Sandown over the past five years, accounting for 185 winners from 453 runners. That is a 41.5 per cent strike rate for the market leaders.
With that information on board, it will likely pay to have a couple of “Banker” favourites on your side for a Placepot perm at the Esher venue.
Speaking of Bankers, Henry Candy’s BLESSED (1:45pm, Leg 4) seems to be going the right way toward a win, following a good second over the course and distance last time out. The Canford Cliffs gelding is 0-5 under Rules, but the penny is beginning to drop.
The handicapper only nudged him up 1lb for his latest career-best effort and a repeat of that here would almost certainly see him enter the frame here. Any improvement on it, and Sunday can be the day that Blessed loses his maiden tag.
Outsider to Consider
LORNA COLE (12:00pm, Leg 1) can be a little bit in and out, but she has talent within her grade and her recent outings to Chepstow and Bath may not have been to her liking. It is worth forgiving her poor run at the latter last time out and instead focus on her narrow margin success at Windsor three starts back, where she recorded a good time.
She’s only 3lb higher today and Sandown may just be to her liking. The quick ground will be ideal and she’s handily drawn in stall two under regular partner Martin Dwyer. The market may just underestimate the chances of Lorna Cole, but if she runs her race there’s every chance she will hit the frame.
Leg 2 (12:35pm) and Leg 3 (1:10pm) are a pair of maiden races and as always, there are plenty of unknowns in these races which can be a tripwire in any Placepot pool. In Leg 2, Charlie Appleby’s YIBIR is probably the safe option on his third start, having improved nicely to finish fifth in a good race at Newmarket last time out. Leg 3 is more of a puzzle, despite there being more form on offer.
MODEL GUEST has an official rating of 87 but is hardly reliable. Still, Amanda Perrett’s charge does set the standard. Among the newcomers is James Tate’s AIM FOR THE STARS, who looks a likely sort on paper and the yard does know how to ready one first time out.
Our Placepot Perm
Leg 1: 4,8
Leg 2: 9
Leg 3: 1,3
Leg 4: 11
Leg 5: 3,8,10
Leg 6: 2,3
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