Our selections on the closing day of the jumps season at Sandown, and on the flat at Leicester, Doncaster, Haydock and Wolverhampton. Keep an eye out for the bold tips, they’re the one we like the most.
2:20 Leicester – Time To Exceed (7/4)
Henry Candy and Ryan Moore team up with this exciting four-year-old. She has only had four runs, winning once at Doncaster, and was last seen finishing fourth in what was a much harder race. This step down in class should suit her very well, and she’s on a brilliant weight on ideal conditions.
2:25 Sandown – Josses Hill (4/1)
Nicky Henderson has made it clear the left handed track just wasn’t right for Josses Hill last time out, and he goes right handed at Sandown. He has been running in better races throughout the season, and drops into what looks a low quality Grade Two contest. He has a longer trip today which should play to his strengths, the last time he was in a Grade Two he beat an eventual Grade One winner.
2:40 Haydock – Fawaareq (13/2)
With an appealing form of 2111, Owen Burrows’ Fawaareq makes his seasonal bow in a competitive looking handicap. He is very nicely handicapped, and has been gradually improving in each run. He comes back off a break, and this is his hardest race of his career; but Jim Crowley has gone to extreme lengths to make the lower weight. He must really want to be on this horse!
3:20 Ripon – George Bowen (8/1)
Richard Fahey’s five-year-old doesn’t have the most encouraging form in the race, but he has got a good performance in him especially on this mark that he has won off before. Last season he didn’t disgrace himself with multiple efforts in big field handicaps, and with a run under his belt they’re should be a big run in him soon enough.
4:10 Sandown – Modus (10/3)
Paul Nicholls has made clear how much of a chance he thinks Modus has in the Select Hurdle, and it’s hard to disagree with him. He was a really impressive winner of a good quality Lanzarote, before another good effort at the Cheltenham Festival. These conditions look set to play to all his strengths and he should be good enough to take it.
5:10 Leicester – Oasis Charm (9/4)
One of two for Godolphin who go to Leicester with a serious chance in this, but Oasis Charm’s run was hugely impressive just a week ago. He was beaten by the smallest of margins in what looked a much more competitive race than this. This three-year-old should certainly put things right today.
7:20 Wolverhampton – Migyaas (7/2)
Saeed Bin Suroor’s three-year-old was slightly disapointing on his reappearence at Redcar last time out. He could only finish third at the Yorkshire track, and will need to improve if he breaks his maiden this evening. He’s a well bred type, and should appreciate the longer trip. Like others, he will break his maiden soon enough.
7:50 Wolverhampton – Amazing Red (15/8)
After winning at Pontefract at this point in the season last year, Ed Dunlop was suggesting Amazing Red could be a Derby horse but it never worked out. He’s extremely well bred and well regarded, this looks a great opportunity to get a winning start the season. The four-year-old should be too good for the rest.
8:50 Wolverhampton – Manchego NAP (7/4)
Manchego is one of the leading three-year-olds in training with Hugo Palmer this season, and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks his maiden. On debut he finished second at Newmarket, the form of that race is strong and he should be much better after his first experience at the racecourse. He’s too good for maiden company, and that should be the case today.
Manchego and Amazing Red double – 13/2