Friday, January 01, 2016

Three selections for Sandown's Tolworth meeting 2016

Quick picks from tomorrow's Sandown card...

Just five declared for the Tolworth Hurdle at 2.25. Willie Mullins sends over Yorkhill who at this stage wouldn't be the yard's leading light but he's likely to start a short-priced favourite.

Nicky Henderson boasts a good record in this event winning five of the last six renewals. Four weeks ago O O Seven beat stablemate Premier Bond (winner since) over course and distance; rated 145 and available at 4/1 generally, O O Seven represents a value wager against the favourite.

Welsh Shadow from Dan Skelton's yard isn't readily dismissed. Beaten by Yarnworth on his penultimate run, he improved next time to win a listed event at Haydock. Connections rate this one highly and have indicated there is 'more to come'.

2013 Tolworth winner Melodic Rendezvous reverts to handicap company in the finale; at 13/2 he has to be worth an interest.

Finally my favourite mare in training, Polly Peachum, goes in the mares' listed hurdle at 12.40.

Polly hasn't shown her very best form on heavy ground which is a concern but the shorter trip here may help. At the weights she's the best horse in the field; priced up at 4/1 with Paddy Power Polly Peachum represents a play against the Mullins-trained favourite Gitane Du Berlais.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Desperate ground at Sandown...

Willie Mullins' Yorkhill (4/9f) travelled supremely well in the Tolworth and took up the running two out. O O Seven (5/1) battled on gamely but made a hash of the last and remained two and a quarter lengths in arrears at the post.

In the finale Melodic Rendezvous (5/1f) finished a tired third, unable to go with eventual winner Rayvin Black (10/1) and runner-up Sirop De Menthe (13/2) from two out.

Polly Peachum (9/2) saved the day - but only just. A length to the good at the last, she crossed the line a head in front of The Govaness (7/1).