Tom Stanley's fancies for Friday: Midnight Tune can hit right note

By Tom Stanley
Fri 16 Feb 2018

By Tom Stanley

Jumps action to the fore today including a good Sandown card. The Royal Artillery Gold Cup is a sit back and watch job but there are plays elsewhere on the card and at Fakenham, which is where we start.

1.40 Fakenham: Hurricane Rita

This mare took a little time to find her feet for her new yard but did so with relative ease at this track last time in first-time cheekpieces.

They were probably the key more so than the drop back in trip that day but, equally, her Ffos Las effort was a write off for no apparent reason.

This will not take much winning with Richard Johnson back aboard and I’m happy to take the 11-8 available. I expect she will go off shorter than that.

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2.25 Sandown: Midnight Tune

This could be a test on the forecast heavy ground and this mare made a lasting impression when winning at Kempton at the back end of last year.

That came over three miles and she really slogged it out from the front. She may not get an easy lead here but I like the fact she’s proven over further whereas some in and around her in the market need to prove they will see this out.

We need to forgive her last effort, which looked too bad to be true on the face of it, and I’ll give her another go for a yard on song at 4-1.

3.20 Fakenham: Flaming Charmer

Has Harry Cobden back on for the first time since scoring in testing conditions at Chepstow and has dropped a few pounds since the hike for that win.

Plenty don’t believe in yard form but Colin Tizzard was struggling the last time this horse ran. He’s flying now and there could be a few well treated horses at his West Country base.

There may be a battle for the lead here with Princeton Royale but the selection does not have to go forward and he’s bigger than I thought he’d be in the market at 4-1.

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4.05 Sandown: Potters Legend

If I backed this horse in the Mandarin at Newbury off 5lb higher then I’ve got to side with him on Friday.

He’s a very well treated horse but he does need to jump better. I hate saying that about horses I’m backing because invariably they don’t, but he’s so well treated now and lining up at a at track where his trainer goes very well.

This is weaker than his past few races on paper and the 9-1 on offer makes plenty of appeal

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