Saphir Du Rheu can gleam at Sandown
7 December 2013
There are a heartening 80 runners at Sandown and 79 at Aintree on Saturday and a vast array of classy names, despite no Sprinter Sacre, with all the races at both venues live on Racing UK.
Of course, if you’re out and about there’s always the Racing UK Anywhere service!
I’ve had another busy December week, including lunches and dinners offset by visits to the gym.
I could never ride in a charity race - as I could never offload my bulk as a food lover, so I admire Rishi Persad and those declared for the charity race at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Any mince pies on offer, which I believe Sandown could very well pile high after Morning Line on Saturday, will be too tempting. As to my best selection from the Esher track Saphir Du Rheu in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle will do nicely.
Watch a replay of his fourth at Newbury last Saturday to Vendor and I sense you’ll have the same train of thought. It’s also intriguing to see him out so soon.
With no Sprinter Sacre I hope the stands are still packed at Sandown, it’s a chance to avoid Christmas shopping, hold that off until at least Sunday.
A fortnight ago at Haydock I really fancied Clondaw Kaempfer. He was travelling really well turning for home, so well it looked ominous that he would be challenging in the closing stages.
His journey took him around the widest course and he may have run out of petrol between the last two hurdles. He runs in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle.
I thought Soll would have gone for the challenge of the spruce fences, having finished seventh in the Grand National, yet he instead lines up in Sandown’s London National. He showed his appreciation of the railway fences in March in heavy going. His size is something to behold and as he towers over chase fences they appear just hurdles to him.
If Mark Grant can get him in the same rhythm as he did in March and at Aintree in April he will be very hard to beat.
On to the Ashes. Rewind to early July and there were calls of England whitewashing the Aussies so what has happened? Alastair Cook hasn’t scored above 65 against the Aussies in the Ashes and the fragility in the batting is getting worse. Much rests on Joe Root and Michael Carberry, as well as Ian Bell who was England’s best batsman in the summer. And Australia are not the strongest of sides, in six months India arrive!
Thank you to all your responses to my research last week on field sizes, which continues and I’ll have more thoughts and further updates as the year closes.
Tanya's Saturday tips:
1.00 Aintree: Clondaw Kaempfer
1.20 Sandown: Saphir Du Rheu
Tanya's Saturday pointers:
All of the past ten Tingle Creek winners have come from the first three in the betting
Paul Nicholls has won the Tingle Creek Chase eight times
Since 1979 only one ten-year-old and three 9-year-olds have won the Tingle Creek - it is a young horse's race.
Nine of the last ten Tingle Creek Chase winners had run in either the Arkle or the Champion Chase that year.
Captain Conan is unbeaten in three runs at Sandown.
Paul Nicholls has won the race four times and runs Hinterland
Eight of the last ten winners had run at either Warwick or the November Chase at Cheltenham prior to running. Balder Succes won at Warwick
Nine of the last ten winners had won on their most recent start.
All of the last ten winners came from the first two in the betting
Only two of the last ten favourites have won the Becher Chase
Five of the last eight winners had won over at least 3m 5f
Sam Twiston-Davies has been over the spruce fences 12 times, completing seven times. Twice in the Grand National plus two victorious Becher Chases and a Grand Sefton.
Seven of the last ten winners came from the first two in the betting
Eight of the last ten winners were no older than six
The biggest starting price for the winner over the last decade was 12-1
Six of the last seven winners of the London National have carried 11st or over
Tom George has won the London National three times from just five runners
Eight of the last nine winners of the London National have come from the first five in the betting, yet five favourites have failed to complete the course
The biggest price of the London National winner since 2003 is 10-1