we have another two of our eyecatchers running for us on Saturday. Both of them line up in competitive looking handicaps and plenty of other fancies will attract money so there should be an opportunity for us to get some value when early markets firm up...
Please note the price provisos that we have given with both tips...
The team at Cleeve
1.38 Wetherby, William Hill Betting TV Handicap Chase (Class 2) (0-150 5YO+) 2M 3F 85Y Soft.
Kapgarry finally drops back to what I feel is his optimum trip in this race, despite his trainer’s efforts to turn him into a 3-miler, he has shown to be a non-stayer. His last two efforts over extended trips have been poor but he had previously won comfortably at this track and distance.
Kapgarry has a low weight in this race and takes on some exposed types. Jamie Bargary takes the ride here, which is no bad thing. The soft ground expected for this race should not be an issue and hopefully he will be ridden prominently as he seems to prefer to be prominent.
Of his opposition – Nuts Well has won his last two races but is going up the weights quite steeply so has it to prove from this mark; Kings Odyssey was pulled up last time out but had previously won over three miles, will he be as effective over this shorter distance? Dubai Way was well beaten by Geronimo last time out but was a winner previously; Pistol Park has been off the course since November 2018 and may need a run or two; Clan Legend has been running solidly in class three events but steps up here. The other runners look to be out of form.
If we can get of 6/1 or better, Kapgarry looks well worth one point each way now he is dropped back to his optimum trip.
3.00 Sandown, Betway Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Class one) (0-150 4YO+) 2M 7F 98Y Heavy.
Ask Ben lines up in this competitive three-mile handicap hurdle. His second to Goodbye Dancer last time out at Cheltenham over three miles at Cheltenham can be marked down as a very good effort. Ask Ben does take some time to get going in a finish but stays on really well in his races at three miles.
This race is a competitive Saturday handicap and there are plenty of horses in with a chance. Agrapart shoulders top weight and looks to have it all to do. It may be that this is more of a prep race for him for the festival in March. Bold Plan fell early last time out but won a decent race at Haydock the time before; Ask Dillon looks a danger now as he has had a pipe opener and will strip fitter; Golan Fortune won at Cheltenham last time out and if repeating that run here will be in the mix. However his two previous runs were moderate.
There are plenty of others in with a chance here off a low weight. including Captain Tommy who we removed from our eyecatchers lists following a couple of disappointing runs.
With 5 places available Ask Ben looks a solid each-way bet at 7/1 or better.