Through The Card: Sandown, Saturday February 3

Nicky Henderson has some leading chances at Sandown this afternoon
Nicky Henderson has some leading chances at Sandown this afternoon
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Timeform take you through the card at Sandown on Saturday afternoon...

"...is possibly better going left-handed, but he has won going this way round over hurdles, and looks to be edging down to a handy mark..."

12:40 - A couple of potentially-smart novice hurdlers here in AINCHEA (2) and Countister and they can fight it out, with Colin Tizzard's charge just preferred. The form of his C&D win has been franked by the runner-up since and he can see of the mare. Arthington has it all to do under his penalties but could have more improvement to offer.

13:15 - CEPAGE (4) made a fine return when second at Ascot in November and could be hard to beat if building on that. Gino Trail and Big Jim will both likely attempt to make the running and their rivals won't want to give them too much rope. Dolos is still unexposed over fences for all he shaped as if amiss at Ascot at Christmas, however a better second string is TOP GAMBLE (1) who looks to have conditions to suit and who has some fine form to his name over 2m.

13:50 - BUVEUR D'AIR (1) should prove far too strong for his 2 rivals and can take this en route to defending his Champion Hurdle crown. The one who will profit if he fails to complete for any reason is John Constable.

14:25 - TERREFORT (5) looked one to follow when making an impressive debut for these connections at Huntingdon 3 weeks ago and can give Nicky Henderson a fifth success in this since 2010. Cyrname and Kalondra are the main threats, though the former has stamina to prove over this trip.

15:00 - A big increase in the prize fund for this race and it's attracted a very strong field. TOPOFTHEGAME (4) shaped well in the Lanzarote and gets the nod with further progress likely over this longer trip but there are plenty of possible dangers. King of Fashion is very interesting on first run for Kerry Lee, while good cases can also be made for the likes of PRIME VENTURE (3) who should appreciate being professionally ridden today - he still looks fairly handicapped.

15:35 - It could be worth chancing QUITE BY CHANCE (3), who's on a competitive mark and should be suited by a return to a right-handed track. Final Nudge has run very well in 2 big handicaps this season and is a serious player back down to 3m, while Ballydine remains with potential. YALA ENKI (1) is possibly better going left-handed, but he has won going this way round over hurdles, and looks to be edging down to a handy mark.

16:10 - JUST SO COOL was very well prepared to make a successful return from 22 months off at Huntingdon in January, and in the hope he doesn't recoil from that effort, a subsequent 8 lb rise looks generous. Colonial Dreams, Palmers Hill and Kapcorse are handicap debutants for powerful yards, so this could end up being a strong race of its type.

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