Donc 4-10 Celtic Sultanbet 7/1 early, 2nd 5/1
Sand 4-35 Australia Day bet 5/1 early, 3rd 5/1
Celtic Sultan has done well in class 2 handicaps recently, including at this course, and should have the class edge here. He won from a poor draw at Catterick and has the same enterprising jockey today.
I like the fact that Australia Day’s win last time was after a break and the trainer apparently thought he would need the run. He should be even better this time. One of three possible pace horses, I don’t see this as a drawback. He is top of card as well as per my previous observation.
Yesterday, a couple placed and a non-runner due to firm ground (almost as much of a nuisance as the mud in winter.) Reasonable. Today’s races offer better prices and a win double also made.
Sandown going now good from good to firm, after rain last night. It should dry out some by the late afternoon so no change in selection.
A couple for this evening though likely won’t bother to go down to the bookies. They would be:
Salis 7-35 Larkham bet 11/4 early, 3rd 13/8f
Hayd 8-15 Magic Echo NR