Through The Card: Sandown, Saturday April 29

There is racing from Sandown on Saturday
There is racing from Sandown on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Sandown on Saturday.

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13:50 - Call Me Lord is obviously hard to weight up and could well be fairly treated from his opening handicap mark on his first start for Nicky Henderson, but for Placepot purposes, there are safer options. Those include HOLLYWOOD ROAD (5), who did well to win off a steady gallop at Huntingdon 12 days ago and arrives here fresher than most, and FIXED RATE (10), who pulled well clear of the field with a similarly unexposed sort at Kempton on his last start.

14:25 - As it was last season, this will have been the end-game for MENORAH (2) once again in 2016/2017, as he attempts to win the race for the fourth consecutive year. He arrived here off a similar break when taking the race last season, and should be hard to beat once again.

15:00 - An interesting clash between Champion Chase winner Special Tiara and Arkle winner ALTIOR (1), though the odds-on favourite is expected to make it six from six over fences and land his third Grade 1 over fences. There isn't much between the pair on ratings at the moment, but it is very likely that there is plenty more to come from Altior.

15:35 - Doing Fine is notably well treated, racing off the same mark as when he won at Cheltenham 10 days ago, and this could be a shrewd bit of placement by his trainer Neil Mulholland, who won this race last season. Nicky Henderson has also won this race in recent years, and his pair of VYTA DU ROC (8) and SUGAR BARON (11) are of interest. The former hasn't really got going this season after a good sixth in the Hennessy, but he has has a light campaign and been dropped in the weights as a result. He arrives here as the freshest horse in the line-up, and his form from last season - which included a defeat of Minella Rocco at Ascot and a good fifth in the Scottish National - makes him interesting from this mark. Sugar Baron was well backed for the Scottish National last time but unseated at the first, and is worth another chance.

16:10 - Probably not the strongest Grade 2 event, and one that MODUS (4) can make the graduation from high-end handicaps to graded races successfully. Modus has always been held in high regard, but has looked a more professional this season and has applied himself better on the track, winning the Lanzarote in good style in January before posting a good sixth in the Coral Cup last time from a big weight. He looks ready for the step up to this class.

16:35 - Things presumably haven't been straightforward with SHANTOU VILLAGE (3) to date, given his somewhat fragmented first season over fences, but he could have been handed a workable opening mark as a result. Sent off at just 7/2 for the Albert Bartlett last season, he has always been held in high regard by his yard and, far less exposed than the majority of this field, he is worth chancing.

17:10 - Thomas Campbell could be better over further than this, and in a wildly open race preference is for Tree of Liberty, whose win in a novice at Musselburgh has been well franked since, with the third winning at Ayr and the second Burbank finishing fourth in the Neptune.


Recommendation:

Win back MODUS in the 16:10

Placepot permutation:

13:50 - 5, 10
14:25 - 2
15:00 - 1
15:35 - 8, 11
16:10 - 4
16:45 - 3

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