Alan Dudman starts his tipping week on Bank Holiday Monday, and picks out two bets for the action in Esher...
"He is only rated 61, but he finished fourth in the Silver Cambridgeshire from 66 last term and has scored in good to soft conditions (by over four lengths) in the past."
Morrison's Poy can handle the conditions
17:15 Sandown - Back My Poy @ 7.06/1
Trainer Hughie Morrison knows the family of Mr Poy well, and with the background and pedigree, he warrants an interest in the 7f handicap.
It's not all about the bloodlines of course, but with the rain never ending at the moment and soft conditions everywhere, there's every chance Mr Poy could take to the surface. Morrison trained the dam Quiz Mistress, and she won with cut in the ground. Whilst Sandyman is another soft ground winner in there.
In terms of form, the selection showed abundant promise on debut at Newbury at a big price, and should be winning races from a mark of 78 judged on that run.
He subsequently was well beaten at Kempton behind an impressive Wide Receiver (now rated nearly 100), and finished fifth in a race on the all-weather at Lingfield last time having blown the start.
He's drawn in 1 this afternoon and has been gelded since that tardy performance. Improvement should be expected.
Two front runners to look out for at Sandown
18:55 Sandown - Back Cuttin' Edge @ 10.5
Initially I was drawn to veteran Noble Gift - who has a fair bit in his favour with soft conditions and a handy mark. However, he is a 10yo and has a tricky draw to navigate if he can pull off his favoured front-running tactics.
He goes well right-handed, though, and should be considered to trade from a big price at 20.019/1 should he grab the lead. If he does, it will present a good opportunity to garner a nice green book early.
However, away from Noble Gift, I am going to back William Muir's Cuttin' Edge at around 11.010/1.
This horse is another potential front-runner, but he has the more favourable draw in 4, and that sways me more considering they are racing over 1m2f - and that's a trip that Cuttin' Edge is worth persevering with as he does stay on well at the end of his races.
He is only rated 61, but he finished fourth in the Silver Cambridgeshire from 66 last term and has scored in good to soft conditions (by over four lengths) in the past.
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Alan Dudman's P&L
2020 Overall: -14.21
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Mr Poy @ 7.06/1 in the 17:15 at Sandown
Back Cuttin' Edge @ 10.5 in the 18:55 at Sandown