WE’VE teamed up with BetVictor and Charlie McCann to preview the weekend’s big races.
Sandown are due to stage a cracking card this weekend with the Grade 1 32Red sponsored Tolworth Hurdle the feature.
Lambourn handler Clive Cox’s Poet looked very good when winning his maiden at Newbury revelling in the soft ground as he had done for a number of years on the Flat. This is a step up in grade on a track where he put up one of his best performances of his Flat career when running the brilliant Workforce to a length in the Brigadier Gerard back in 2011.
He is a fascinating contender as is the unbeaten Pendra who also steps up in grade having comfortably landed two Plumpton novice hurdles earlier in the season. He looks a potential star over fences probably over further and is very much one to keep on the right side of going forward.
The selection, however, is Melodic Rendezvous runner-up in the Punchestown Festival Bumper to Champagne Agent and who got off the mark over timber last month when comfortably scoring at Cheltenham. He should get a good lead from the perennial front-runner Poet and is taken to land what should be a very informative and top class renewal.
Marshal Zhukov also looked one to keep on the right side of at Taunton last time and, despite a 12lb rise, can win again in a terrific 2m handicap Chase.
Williams Wishes is off to the Victor Chandler Chase if putting up a bold show and he could not have been more impressive than scoring at Ascot last time a race that has had the form well and truly franked by the excellent run of runner up Champion Court in the King George on Boxing Day.
Connections confirmed on Thursday morning that Alfie Spinner would take his chance at Sandown and bypass the Coral Welsh Grand National for which he had been well supported in recent weeks.
Across The Bay, also entered at Chepstow, will be a better horse going back right-handed and will be a tough nut to crack but Nick Williams eight-year-old has always threatened to win a big race over fences and he can oblige.
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