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Preview - 15 Feb 2008


2.35 Sandown Facilities Brade Handicap Chase Class 3 3M 110yards good ground

1. Without a Doubt – Was only just denied on first run this season when beaten close home by Harris Bay under a fine Timmy Murphy ride that day. Most of his best form has been early season where he has gone well fresh. Lightly raced this season the conditions will suit much more then the testing conditions last time at Ascot behind Aon runner up Regal Heights. Winner on soft the better ground is likely to help him along, but under top weight his stamina may have some question marks over still as he has the class to win against these but the weight may tell with lumps being given away.

Tissue Price – 6/1

2. Jaunty Times – Following Henry Daly horses around the spring time is usually a good way to go and his consistent hurdler is yet to show the same ability over fences as he did over the smaller obstacles. He should have a chance of this weight given that it is easier then the graded handicaps he has been contesting and the fact he stays very well over these kinds of trips. Handles right handed tracks well and has been proven on a stiff finish in the past as well. The ground however has dried out quite a lot and he may find things happening quite quick on a jumping track such as this and the more testing conditions would have allowed him more chance of winning this handicap as his plodding stamina would have been at premium today.

Tissue Price – 8/1

3. Bubble Boy – Well exposed handicap chaser for Brendan Powell has a interesting booking for this track in Micky Fitz and could well run another big race around this track which seems his regular outing too. Suited to the right-handed nature of the track and quite a keen jumper if allowed to pick up from the front, bubble boy has the most things in favour and has form in the book that should see him go very well. Best performances have come at this course and stay the 3M well under these conditions. Needs a personal best if you take winning marks into account, but a lot of these have question marks and Bubble Boy has to have a good chance of picking them off in this event given the small field suiting.

Tissue Price – 3/1

4. The Luder – Still with the champion trainer despite never looking in the top echelon of the chasing game, can make the odd mistake and needs to warm to his task, the railway fences will wake him up quickly as the back straight catches many of good horses out at those real testing jumping fences and if he isn’t foot perfect under Sam Thomas he could well end up on the deck. Consistently runs up to form over this kind of trip he needs to be at his best, which he did produce when second at Bangor on early winter ground. Mainly kept to really soft conditions he has performed with credit on the better surface and if not dropping to far of the pace as he sometimes does has to have claims with a few pounds falling his way.

Tissue Price – 5/1

5. Alright Now M’lad – Was well beaten last time at Newbury despite showing up well for most of the race and travelling well with in himself, he fell apart quite quickly and strike myself as a horse that may have a breathing problem as he stopped quickly when getting into contention, the mistake he made after that was a mark of a horse that had enough and the conditions underfoot may have taken its toll with the horse but he had previously only enjoyed the tacky stuff underfoot so until he returns to some form and a shorter trip then this he can’t be had with any confidence.

Tissue Price – 16/1

6. Milliards’ Lad – has been consistent this season but in recent races has found it hard to beat all the opponents as he has found one better handicapped after being raised in the handicap. The defeat to Irish Raptor isn’t terrible form as that horse ran a cracker in a much better race then this last time out and the defeat to spring lover may have been a off day. Natural progression has been met with a rise in the weights each time and another 2lbs on the rating is meet this time with a much easier task then last time. Should give another solid account of himself here and as long as he jumps well its hard to see him to far away at the finish.

Tissue Price – 11/4fav

7. Dream Falcon – at the foot of the weights for this handicap and under a claimer who makes him have a featherweight in comparison to the other runners in the race. Quite exposed in general he has gone close on several occasions to breaking his duck over fences but has found the winner just to strong for him. Pulled up behind Crystal D’Ainny last time in which he was never really travelling from the word go his form since finishing 2nd to Killard Point at Bangor hasn’t taken much franking even though the 3rd had thrown away his chance since then of landing a race over fences. This may be just a shade above when he is capable off despite the weight he receives and there is likely to be easier targets for this exposed horse that has a lot to prove after the terrible run last time out.

Tissue Price – 16/1

Tissue – Milliard’s Lad 11/4, Bubble Boy 3/1, The Luder 5/1, Without a Doubt 6/1, Jaunty Times 8/1, Alright now Mlad, Dream Falcon 16/1.


Verdict – Bubble boy loves it here and has a lot in favour of a big run but he is a exposed handicapper who could be beaten by something more progressive, the luder has the ability to beat Bubble boy here if putting his best foot forward while Without a Doubt may just struggle conceding weight all-round. Milliards Lad looks to have another race in him at this level, while Jaunty Times will be tested today on just how good he is ever likely to be over fences and wouldn’t surprise me if he was to be back over hurdles soon.

Selection Bubble Boy 1pt @ 5-1 (Bf11-2) & The Luder 1pt @ 11-2 (BF6-1)

Best of luck all

Well Chief