Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £732.50 (8 favourites: 3 winners--1 placed--4 unplaced)
12.40: It's impossible to start anywhere else than with Gary Moore who boasts an incredible 69% strike rate at Sandown this season with nine of his 13 runners having won. Gary has produced over 76 points of level stake profits into the bargain before he saddles four runners on the card on Saturday. First up is Gary's Fontwell runner up SEARCHING and although the Mastercraftsman raider should not win this event, it's difficult to ignore Joshua's mount entirely. More logical winners in the line up include FINGERTIPS and course and distance winner SEVEN KINGDOMS.
Favourite factor: Six of the eight favourites have finished in the frame (exact science), statistics which include three winners during the study period.
Sandown record of course winners in the opening event on the card:
1/1--Fingertips (C&D winner)
1.15: PEACE AND CO should atone for his recent reversal at Cheltenham with Nicky Henderson's impressive 'Triumph' winner obviously needing the run, albeit a 21 length defeat does leave a nagging doubt, though running too freely at Prestbury Park, I'm sure that the defeat was a blip on what was previously a perfect CV. RAYVIN BLACK ran a fine race in defeat behind The New One at Haydock a fortnight ago, the type of form which should secure another silver medal at the expense of CONNETABLE if everything works out to plan.
Favourite factor: Five of the last seven favourites have won, whilst seven market leaders during the last 11 years have secured totplacepot positions.
Sandown record of course winners in the second race:
2/4--Rayvin Black (Dual C&D winner)
1.50: Seven-year-olds have won four of the last seven contests, whilst seven of the nine winners have carried a maximum burden of 11-2. The only seven-year-old in the field is Gary Moore's CHRIS PEA GREEN who also qualifies via the weight trend. "Sandown is my Cheltenham" was Gary Moore's recent quote when answering the question about why his horses seem to run so well at the Esher circuit. At the top of his form, CHRIS PEA GREEN would certainly go close in this grade/company, though BOLD HENRY looks sure to figure prominently, possibly alongside ARTHUR'S OAK. The jury remains out on MR MOLE, though he "lost a shoe" on his last appearance since when, the handicapper has dropped the Nicholls representative three pounds.
Favourite factor: Two favourites have won via nine renewals during which time, four market leaders having finished in the frame.
Sandown record of course winners in the third contest on the card:
1/4--Mr Mole (C&D winner)
1/2--Grey Gold (C&D winner)
1/1--Bold Henry (C&D winner)
2.25: Seven-year-old’s have won five of the last eight renewals of the ‘Scilly Isles’ novice event, as have seven of the last 12 gold medallists. The lone relevant representative this time around is TEA FOR TWO who was so impressive at Kempton at the Christmas meeting after which, the Nick Williams raider was quoted as a 10/1 chance for the RSA at Cheltenham in six weeks time. It's impossible to ignore the other half of the combination as Lizzie Kelly gave the Kayf Tara gelding a wonderful ride when becoming the first lady to partner a Grade 1 steeplechase winner at the Sunbury venue. BITOFAPUZZLE could emerge as a threat, though BRISTOL DE MAI looks to be the joker in the pack in terms of a mini upset.
Favourite factor: The last 17 winners all scored at odds of 10/1 or less, with nine winning favourites having been recorded in the process. 15 of the 17 winners scored at a maximum price of 9/2, whilst 11 market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions. Seven of the last nine market leaders have obliged.
Sandown record of course winners in the fourth race:
2/3--As Dee Mee (C&D winner)
3.00: Seven of the last eight winners have carried a maximum of 11-4 in this Listed event which was previously contested back in 2011 before last year's renewal. Paul Nicholls has saddled three of the last six winners and the trainer has offered the green light to IBIS DU RHEU who also qualifies via the weight trends, whilst Suzy Smith has declared last year's winner INVICTA LAKE alongside stable companion LITTLE BOY BORU. Northern entry BAYWING warrants plenty of respect along with YALA ENKI.
Favourite factor: Three of the eight market leaders have claimed toteplacepot positions, statistics which include two (9/4*) winners.
Sandown record of course winners in the fifth event:
1/3--Little Boy Buru
3.30: 12 of the last 14 winners have carried a maximum weight of 11-2 which eliminates five of the eight runners if you take a positive view of trends. The pick of the remaining three entries will hopefully prove to be SAROQUE and PETE THE FEAT. That said, LE REVE returns to defend his crown, whilst KNOCK HOUSE (winner of five of his 14 races thus far) invariably gets a mention as far as this columnist in concerned.
Favourite factor:</b> Three of the last eight market leaders have won (first favourites to oblige since 1998), whilst seven of the market leaders during the study period have finished in the frame.
Sandown record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
1/2--Unioniste (C&D winner)
1/3--Black Thunder (C&D winner)
2/3--Le Reve (Dual C&D winner)
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and totepool.com:
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Sandown card on Saturday:
1--Ed de Giles
49 declared runners