A great start to the New Year for all Horse Racing Blog followers as we notched up a hat-trick of winners at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day – giving us 28 points of profit over the festive period.
There’s not quite the same high-quality races running today but there’s still some competitive racing from Sandown – and we’ve got horse racing tips for you for the best of the action.
On ratings this should lie between Aurore D’estruval and Mischievous Milly with the latter officially 1lb well-in. Oliver Sherwood’s filly also has the advantage of carrying 8lb less in what could be soft to heavy ground, and is proven over the 2½ mile trip having twice chased home Glens Melody at Warwick last season.
Likely favourite Aurore D’estruval is certainly the biggest danger after finishing runner-up to Irving at Newcastle but, even with AP McCoy in the saddle, she’s not certain to stay this trip and is a third of the price of Mischievous Milly.
Mischievous Milly 3 points @ 11/4
Mr Mole will be popular after putting in a clear round at Exeter, but that was against just two rivals and Sandown is one of the toughest jumping tracks in the country.
William’s Wishes will also attract plenty of interest having had his finest moment here and ran well in the Tingle Creek last month.
However, Dance Floor King is a lightly raced 8-year-old who seems to have been reinvented as a chaser, has won his last three races all on right-handed courses, and gets loads of weight from the more fancied runners.
Dance Floor King 1.5 points each-way @ 5/1
L’Ami Serge looks sure to go off long odds-on but, though he may well win like the market suggests, the Nicky Henderson stable isn’t exactly firing the winners in with their usual aplomb. One stable that is red-hot at the minute is Harry Fry’s, who notched a treble from three runners on New Year’s Day, and a chance is taken on his Jolly’s Cracked It. The 6-year-old has won his last three races and, despite probably preferring better ground, he was travelling ominously last-time at Ascot before making a mistake two out – but still winning.
Jolly’s Cracked It 2 points @ 9/2
There’s a fair chance that Triolo Dalene and Unioniste are being prepared for the Grand National, and we may not see the best of them here. If that’s the case, this may be left to Firm Order who has won twice over course and distance from four runs at the track. His trainer Paul Webber has also booked a 7lb claimer, meaning his charge only carries 9-9 which could prove an asset in the likely testing conditions.
Firm Order 1 point each-way @ 10/1