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"...4 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings with the prospect of more to come..."

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I CAN'T EXPLAIN - Sandown 12:15

I CAN'T EXPLAIN ran out an easy winner of an Irish point in October last year and is fancied to make the perfect start to his career under Rules, representing the in-form Nicky Henderson yard (eight winners from last 16 runneers) that has won five of the last seven renewals of this race. Baddesley Knight and Phoenix Way seem sure to build on their opening efforts in this sphere so must be feared, while French-recruit Greaneteen cannot be discounted on debut for Paul Nicholls either, especially if the market speaks in his favour.

THOUNDER - Sandown 14:25

THOUNDER hasn't been seen on a racecourse for over a year, but he has gone well fresh in the past and looks potentially very well treated judged on the form of his Wincanton success last November, 4 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings with the prospect of more to come. Apple's Shakira is the class act in the field and can give the selection most to do, for all that she probably needs further now, while the progressive Nelson's Touch is also considered in a fascinating heat.

RED INFANTRY - Sandown 15:35

RED INFANTRY was fitter for his reappearance and proved better than ever back over fences when winning at Haydock two weeks ago, making most to beat the very well treated Bishops Road by two and three quarter lengths, with another 14 lengths back to the third. Ian Williams' charge has a 5 lb rise in the weights to contend with here, but it would be no surprise if there were more to come from him, still unexposed over marathon trips after all, and the fine form of the yard suggests that another big run could be on the cards.

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