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Race 1 Sandown 12:-40 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 20f

3653653312 Shantung
Gained her first win since 2018 when bagging 2m Fakenham handicap in January. Not disgraced when fifth back there in March and another who should strip fitter for last month's Plumpton reappearance.
10-5Bryony FrostLucy Wadhamlocked0
365365357 Bourbon Beauty
Took significant step forward when landing valuable mares' handicap final at Newbury (20.5f) in the spring. Likely her return at Wetherby in October was needed and she remains pretty low mileage.
11-4Harry BannisterAlex Haleslocked0
365365245 Could Be Trouble
Rapid improver over hurdles for new yard, completing 4-timer in determined style at Bangor (19.5f) in October. Seemingly not 100% over fences since and bounce back distinctly possible back over timber
11-9Brian HughesDonald McCainlocked0
365365184 Kissesforkatie
Looked unlucky not to score at Wincanton (19.7f) last November and shaped as if she would come forward for last month's reappearance effort at Lingfield (19.5f). Claims from workable mark.
11-9Harry SkeltonJeremy Scottlocked0
3653652558 Mrs Barnes
Ask mare who built on hurdles debut promise when taking a Huntingdon mares' maiden (19.6f) in March. No match for Fable at Haydock but gets a handy weight pull with that rival now handicapping.
11-2Sam Twiston-DaviesRichard Phillipslocked0
3653652552 Fable
Irish point winner who made a bright start over hurdles last term, making it 2 wins from 3 starts in a Haydock mares' novice (3m) in March. Plenty more to come now handicapping.
11-12Nico de BoinvilleNicky Hendersonlocked0
3653652631 Whitehotchillifili
Overcame a blunder 2 out when landing C&D mares listed event in January but struggled to make an impact thereafter, albeit in face of stiff task at Cheltenham in March. Needs to bounce back on return.
12-2Lorcan MurtaghHarry Frylocked0
365365263 Volkovka
Dual scorer last season who, in line with yard's good form found further improvement to go in again on return at Carlisle (17f) last month. Longer trip entitled to be within reach but this is tougher.
11-11Peter KavanaghFergal O'Brienlocked0
3653652456 Emmpressive Lady
Progressive mare who doubled tally in this race last year before good second in Kempton handicap (3m) in December. Shorter trip caught her out at Haydock (18.8f) in April and no forlorn hope here.
11-6Jamie MooreSue Gardnerlocked0
3653651599 Barely Famous
Didn't need to match previous best when off the mark in a Uttoxeter maiden (20f) in June. Clearly not 100% when tailed off in a match later that month but yard may hold stronger claims with Fable here
10-11Tom CannonNicky Hendersonlocked0
3653652910 Ruby Yeats
Landed 2m2f Exeter handicap in January but mixed record since, offering little on return from 7 months off at Fontwell (19.2f) 4 weeks ago. However, better showing anticipated in refitted cheekpieces
10-10 Niall HoulihanGary Moorelocked0
3653652411 Shirocco's Dream
£260,000 purchase who matched previous best in this sphere when landing an Exeter mares' novice (18.5f) last month, jumping superbly. Longer trip a plus now handicapping and she remains unexposed.
10-9Brendan PowellColin Tizzardlocked0
There are 12 runners in this race.

Race 2 Sandown 13:15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

365365226 Vocal Duke
Bagged 2m handicap wins at Uttoxeter and Fakenham in October before good tenth of 18 in 2m handicap at Cheltenham 22 days ago. Highly respected eased 1 lb now.
11-2 Niall HoulihanToby Laweslocked0
365365142 Kamaxos
Fair maiden on the Flat who matched that level of form when second of 7 in 2m handicap hurdle at Huntingdon 14 days ago. In the mix despite 3 lb rise.
11-9James DaviesRoger Teallocked0
365365274 Happy And Fine
Ex-French maiden who improved on his yard bow when third of 9 in novice over C&D 27 days ago. Goes into handicaps now and he's not taken lightly off a handy opening mark.
11-4Harry BannisterAlex Haleslocked0
365365195 Colden's Dream
Fair maiden hurdler who was running well in 2m Leicester handicap 19 days ago when falling 3 out. One to consider.
11-3Harry SkeltonDan Skeltonlocked0
365365349 Naturally High
Well backed when scoring easily on his handicap bow at Lingfield (2m) 34 days ago. Hiked up 12 lb but this French listed winner on the Flat has plenty more to offer and holds leading claims.
10-8Jamie MooreGary Moorelocked0
365365241 Triple Trade
Has shwon promise on all his three runs, not knocked about when fourth of 16 in 2m novice at Exeter 24 days ago. More to offer now handicapping for in-form yard. Considered.
11-12Brendan PowellColin Tizzardlocked0
365365223 City Derby
Scored at Perth in May and shaped encouragingly after 6 months off when fourth of 18 in 2m handicap at Cheltenham 22 days ago. In the picture nudged up only 1 lb.
11-6Paddy BrennanFergal O'Brienlocked0
365365268 Across The Channel
Off 8 months before never-dangerous eighth in 2m novice hurdle at Kempton 26 days ago. Type to step forward now going into handicaps but his opening mark looks harsh.
10-10Tom O'BrienPhilip Hobbslocked0
36536519610 Global Agreement
Unreliable sort who ran one of his lesser races when ninth in 22f handicap at Stratford in May. Plenty more is needed on his return if he's to gain a first success.
10-4Kevin JonesMilton Harrislocked0
There are 9 runners in this race.

Race 3 Sandown 15:35 Handicap Hurdle (Class 1) 16f

3653652011 Natural History
Back to something like his smart Flat form when hacking up in a Plumpton handicap hurdle in March. Has proved rather disappointing since, though, and Hudson de Grugy appears to be the stable No 1.
10-0 Niall HoulihanGary Moorelocked0
3653651410 Thibault
Thrived for new yard last term, landing 2 handicap hurdles and a jumpers bumper. Has continued in good form this time round, second in a decent Haydock handicap latest, but this is more demanding.
10-0Jack TudorAdam Westlocked0
365365214 Benson
Winner of first 3 starts last term, including the 2020 renewal of this race off 8 lb lower. Didn't shape badly following a wind op on return at Cheltenham (21f) and this drop back in trip will help.
10-12Lee EdwardsDr Richard Newlandlocked0
365365356 Miss Heritage
Most consistent and genuine mare who was runner-up in the C&D Imperial Cup off a 1 lb higher mark in March. By no means disgraced on return at Ascot, but this demands a clear career-best.
10-9Bryony FrostLucy Wadhamlocked0
365365359 Elham Valley
Got the better of Hudson de Grugy in a C&D juvenile event on this card last year, and fine third in Fred Winter at Cheltenham in March. Should come on for Ascot reappearance and he's a player..
10-1Paddy BrennanFergal O'Brienlocked0
365365427 Samarrive
Winner of sole start in France and created a good impression when landing a Kempton novice on British debut in April. Failed to a blow on Cheltenham reappearance, but he remains with potential.
10-7Harry CobdenPaul Nichollslocked0
3653652871 Navajo Pass
Progressed again last term, landing Musselburgh handicap and Haydock Grade 2. However, underperformed at Wincanton when last seen (wind op since) and further progress is needed off this mark.
11-12Brian HughesDonald McCainlocked0
3653652633 Metier
Looked good when winning first 3 starts over timber, including the C&D Tolworth Hurdle. Flopped at the Cheltenham Festival in March, though, and mark for handicap debut in this sphere looks tough.
11-7Sam Twiston-DaviesHarry Frylocked0
365365275 Hudson De Grugy
Ex-French bumper winner who made it 3 wins from 4 starts over this C&D when landing a 6-runner handicap on return last month. Now 4 lb higher in a stronger race, but merits respect all the same.
10-11Jamie MooreGary Moorelocked0
365365278 Zambezi Fix
Fairly useful ex-Irish hurdler who was runner-up on each of his 3 completed starts over fences last term. Going well when falling 3 out on Ffos Las return, but improvement needed back in this sphere.
10-3Tom O'BrienBernard Llewellynlocked0
36536525612 Heure De Gloire
Successful in a mares' hurdle on sole start in France, and found just one too good in a Huntingdon juvenile (15.8f) for new yard in March (wind op since). Opening mark looks fair and she's unexposed.
10-0Philip ArmsonDavid Pipelocked0
There are 11 runners in this race.

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