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Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my five Sunday runners at Sandown

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A quintet go to Sandown on Sunday including two rivals for Might Bite in the shape of Frodon and As De Mee. Get Paul's exclusive thoughts on the five here...

"As de Mee is a brilliant, flamboyant jumper and a decent run here should put him spot on for the Becher Chase at Aintree next month. Further ahead I am already thinking of him as a National contender."

12:45
Capeland

Is a nice horse who didn't have the clearest of runs last season because of issues with his feet.

He seems fine now and bounced back with a decent show at Stratford 22 days ago where he kept on to finish second to a well handicapped horse.

Capeland was a bit fresh that day, should be better suited by this step up in trip to two-and-a-half miles and should be in the money again having gone up 3lbs to a new mark of 127.


14:20
Frodon

Both of mine in this face an impossible task against Might Bite. Frodon is paying the price for a brilliant campaign last season and it has become really hard to find races for him this time round.

He has come on for his recent run at Newton Abbot where he was unable to give lumps of weight to Black Corton.

Frodon is in good form at home and while I don't expect him to beat Might Bite at level weights he can hopefully earn some decent place money.

As de Mee

As de Mee stayed on really well last time at Kelso to win with something to spare on his first crack at three-and-a-quarter miles.

This is a totally different kettle of fish as he is only getting 6lbs from Might Bite. But he is a brilliant, flamboyant jumper and a decent run here should put him spot on for the Becher Chase at Aintree next month.

Further ahead I am already thinking of him as a National contender.


14:55
Garo de Juilley

Needs to settle better in his races and was again a bit keen on his return at Wincanton just over three weeks ago when he was beaten less than a length in a handicap after shaping like the winner turning for home.

I could see him going well in this, too, if he gets into a rhythm but he does prefer good ground so he would not want too much rain at Sandown.


16:00
Ostuni

An attractive type who does everything nicely at home. We do like him and expect him to run tidily on his racecourse debut before he goes hurdling.

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