Paul Nicholls: 'Very happy' with Risk and Roll ahead of Sandown test

Trainer Paul Nicholls
It's a small Saturday team for Paul with Cheltenham looming
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Paul sends six horses out on Saturday with Silver Forever and Favorito Buck's among the favourites at Sandown. Read the view from the yard here...

"Risk and Roll has had a short break and should give the syndicate who now own him a run for their money on soft ground that suits him well. I'm very happy with him."

My team at Sandown starting with Malaya

14:25, Malaya

A decent mare with a high cruising speed, she had a tough start to the season when she took a heavy fall at the final flight in a Grade 1 Hurdle at Auteuil early in November when she would have finished fourth.

We gave her time to get over that but she then came down again at the second last at Kempton over Christmas.

So the key thing for Malaya at Ascot three weeks ago was a clear round and she ran very well before finding the trip of two-and-a-half miles a bit too far for her.

She has done plenty of schooling and I really fancy her back down to two miles now on soft ground and with a lovely light racing weight.

Conditions ideal for Silver Forever

15:00, Silver Forever

Is a lovely prospect who has won two of her three starts for us in bumpers and ran very well in the other at Huntingdon, a sharp track which did not play to her strengths. Silver Forever continues to please at home and has a favourite's chance in this Listed series final after her recent victory at Ascot three weeks ago.

I had to run her there to qualify for the final and just hope this race doesn't come too soon for her.

On the plus side, track and ground at Sandown are ideal, for Silver Forever and she doesn't have to carry a penalty this time.

Ground key to Favorito's chances

15:35, Favorito Buck's

The more it dries out the better for Favorito Buck's, a big horse who is useful on his day but can be be a bit in-and-out.

He wins in his turn and was impressive when making virtually all the running in a three mile chase at Ascot in November.

He couldn't back that up at the same course a month later but he is fresh and well after a nice little break and has a chance here if he handles the ground.

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Very happy with Risk and Roll

16:10, Risk and Roll

He has been knocking on the door all season and has shown useful form. In November he was a close second at Plumpton to Mister Malarkey who is fancied by the Tizzards at Cheltenham and was then a good third at Exeter to Siruh Du Lac.

More recently you can put a line through his latest run at Ascot in January where he went flat out in front in a duel with another horse which put paid to both their chances.

Risk and Roll has had a short break and should give the syndicate who now own him a run for their money on soft ground that suits him well.

I'm very happy with him.

And my thoughts on Saintemillion at Hereford

14:50, Saintemillion

Has struggled in two runs at Sandown since returning from a year off with a leg injury. He has been a shade backward and is proving to be a bit of a challenge.

Fitness isn't an issue but he does need to show some improvement now if he is going to be competitive in this.

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