Sandown Tips: All Our Christmases Come At Once

The Tingle Creek at Sandown is the feature race on Saturday and Gaz fancies this 42/1 treble to make Christmas come early.

I have to admit I’m absolutely buzzing for Sandown tomorrow. It feels like an age since I’ve been to live racing but finally I’m getting back on track. Sandown is one of my favourite racecourse in the UK and with a Tingle Creek to savour, and a sold out crowd to boot, it should be a great day. Can a day’s racing be truly great without a winner? I’m not so sure, so hopefully I can continue the good form of recent weeks and land some of these punts.

Time To Get Lucki

The Close Brothers Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (13:50) looks an absolute cracker. It’s strange that Paul Nicholls is sending Il Ridoto here just a week after his win at Newbury. He won that in good style but this is surely not plan A? He needs a career best to win and I won’t be backing, but he will be an intriguing watch. Stolen Silver ran well at Cheltenham last month when well backed but he’s another who needs to step up on previous form. To me this will be a battle between Edwardstone and Third Time Lucki. Edwardstone was the highest rated over hurdles and he won a lowly event at Warwick last time out in style. I’ve been impressed with Third Time Lucki though since he’s gone chasing and he’s my bet here. He’s two from two over fences and the form of his victory over Buddy Rich in October has been boosted, with that horse putting in two decent efforts in Ireland since. Jumping is his forte and he should love Sandown. At 2/1 I think he’s a great bet to land this race.

Chacun All Class

The feature race at Sandown is the Tingle Creek Chase (15:25) and there’s only one horse missing from the line-up (Shishkin). The top three in the market (Chacun Pour Soi, Nube Negra, Greaneteen) are all very closely matched and were only separated by two lengths in the Queen Mother at Cheltenham last season. I don’t think Chacun Pour Soi showed his true running that day and he’s never really performed around Prestbury Park. Elsewhere he’s been sensational dispatching decent fields at Punchestown and Leopardstown with ease last season. I think his class will shine through in this race and he’ll win pretty comfortably.

Christmas Comes Early

I’ve mentioned in my last two columns that I’m tracking the Colin Tizzard horses pretty closely given how poorly his yard performed last season. With his string returning to form he’ll have plenty of well handicapped horses within his ranks and I think I’ve found one of those in the London National Handicap Chase (15:00). Christmas In April is a strong stayer and was well fancied for the Welsh Grand National last year off a higher mark. He was pulled up that day and went on to put in two terrible performances before ending the season with a nice win at Newton Abbot. He runs here off 135 and I think he has a couple of lbs in hand and should run a big race. His run at Carlisle last time out was a nice prep for this. He’s back up in trip here and the 7/1 looks like value to me.

SRD Selections

13:50 Sandown – Third Time Lucki (2/1)

14:25 Sandown – Chacun Pour Soi (4/5)

15:00 Sandown – Christmas In April (7/1)

Above in a Treble (42/1)