The markets have been reviewed, and today's three Follow The Money selections all come from the meeting at Sandown...
Starting with the 14:55 at Sandown where the Willie Mullins' Valseur Lido has been an uneasy favourite, his price drifting from 1.845/6 out to 1.9620/21.
This is a fascinating race which may go some way to deciding the trainers' championship; Mullins has two entries while Paul Nicholls saddles three, however we are looking at the Philip Hobbs' trained Menorah to ensure the favourite doesn't have everything his own way. Menorah loves Sandown, he has won this Grade 2 Chase in the last two years and has had a light campaign this season, this will only be his third outing. Valseur Lido, on the other hand appeared to have a hard race at Cheltenham last time out (his jockey received a two day ban for excessive use of the whip) and although he has shown good form at the top level there must be a few worries over his jumping - he has fallen and unseated rider this season - therefore we feel he is worth opposing today and we recommend a lay bet at 1.9420/21.
For our win bet we are going for As De Mee who has seen plenty of support in the competitive Novice Handicap Chase at (17:20), he has been backed from 9.417/2 in to 7.613/2.
The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old gelding has yet to win over the larger obstacles after seven attempts but he is a duel winner over hurdles, both at this track and has shown good form against top quality novices this season and ran a good race in The Topham Trophy on the Grand National course earlier in the month. He is obviously well thought of by his connections and we fully expect to see him run a bold race this afternoon to help boost Nicholls' chances in his quest to become champion trainer.
Staying at Sandown we notice a lot of interest in Mad Jack Mytton in the final race of the season (17:55), which has seen his price contracting from 19.018/1 in to 10.09/1.
This is another trappy handicap in which a case can be made for most of the runners and again we see both Nicholls and Mullins having multiple entries, however we feel the market confidence in the Jonjo O'Neill gelding is significant. His best form is at two miles - his two victories over timber are at that distance - and today will see his second attempt at two and a half miles. He seemed to be travelling well on his last outing, a tough handicap at Aintree, until un-shipping his jockey but we expect a bold showing today and, given with a clean round of hurdling, we fully expect him to at least reach the frame this afternoon.
Lay Valseur Lido @ 1.9420/21 Sandown 14:55
Back As De Mee @ 7.613/2 Sandown 17:20
Back Each-Way Mad Jack Mytton @ 10.09/1 Sandown 17:55
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