Sandown Park Unibet Tolworth Hurdle Day

A cracking Saturday of racing coming up Sandown, featuring the Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1 and the ever popular Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase Series Final. There is a competitive card at Wincanton too so plenty to enjoy on both ITV and Racing TV

Enjoy whether at the races or #athome


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12.40 Sandown – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Mares’ Hurdle Listed (2m 3f)

Martello Sky is such a likeable mare and I tipped her up in my Unibet blog last time out when she stepped up once again to win at Cheltenham. Martello Sky is improving all the time, has the ground conditions and trip to hold off hot favourite Gauloise.

Unibet 5/2 win

1.50 Sandown – Unibet Horserace Betting Operator Of The Year Handicap Chase (1m 7½f)

Up The Straight is interesting dropping back to this trip off a favourable mark of 132. The worry will be he simply gets outpaced, with Numitor and Moonlighter both likely to be pushing on, and this could fall into his lap late on coming up the hill. His second here to Farinet (favourite in the 1.15 Read Nicky Henderson’s Unibet Blog Handicap Chase) in March admittedly over further is good form, as they were well clear of the third. This eight-year-old has never really fulfilled his potential and the drop back to this distance might be the catalyst, especially in testing ground. 

Unibet 15/2 each way

Constitution Hill Credit: Alan Crowhurst (Getty Images)

2.25 Sandown – Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1 (2m)

Constitution Hill for Unibet Ambassador Nicky Henderson, looks as things stand, to have a great chance in the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival. I was presenting at the Tingle Creek meeting in December at Sandown when he showed a terrific turn of foot on debut. Constitution Hill flew up the hill to record a massive speed figure and so impressed everyone, including his trainer Nicky Henderson. He should win this easily at heavily odds on 1/3 Unibet  before heading to the Festival.

For the each way players here then Shallwehaveonemore Unibet 7/1 each way is the selection to chase home Constitution Hill. Shallwehaveonemore was far from disgraced on his hurdles debut at Ascot when second to Kandoo Kid in a race where the form is working out well with Peking Rose (third) winning easily at Newbury.

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3.00 Sandown – Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase Series Final (3m)

Final Nudge (nap) can make a late challenge here and come from off a strong pace with plenty of front runners in the field. Final Nudge won a good veterans event at Warwick over this trip on his only start this season and is a proven stayer as he was third in the Midlands Grand National on his previous appearance. The thirteen-year-old is lightly raced and has surely been laid out for this series final by Fergal O’Brien.

Unibet 100/30 win

Gwencily Berbas, who since joining David Pipe last May has form figures of 3231 and like Final Nudge will come with a late challenge. Gwencily Berbas travelled well when scoring easily in a seventeen runner race at Exeter last time at 25/1 (overpriced) over a longer trip. On his penultimate start Gwencily Berbas was third to Wandrin Star (reopposes today) when running well here over today’s trip in November, fading late on and clearly needing the run after an absence.  

Unibet 9/1 each way

3.35 Sandown – Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Handicap Hurdle (2m)

Hermes Boy has a strong chance here on Handicap debut, having won his last start at Exeter when pushed out in a race where the second and third have finished first and second since. Hermes Boy finished runner-up on his two previous starts and is clearly open to more improvement.

Unibet 9/4 win

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