• Tue 25 Oct, 2016
  • 09:53 BST
  • 05:53 EST (BST-4)
  • 11:53 CEST (BST+2)

Sandown at the double

Paul Fergusontwo selections from Sandown for us on Saturday; Voix Du Reve at 2.25 and Hunters Hoof in the 5.55. Compare odds and bet.

Willie Mullins can strike first at Sandown on the final day of the season in the battle for the trainers’ title, with top-weight Voix Du Reve (2:25) in the opening juvenile handicap hurdle.

A faller at the final flight when looking the likely winner of the Fred Winter, this looks a much weaker race and, if that hasn’t left it’s mark, David Mullins’ mount is very much the one to beat despite a 5lb rise.

Quick ground would be a slight concern, but he coped fine with a decent surface at Cheltenham and there was rain expected overnight.  The selection opened up 11-4 with a couple of firms on Friday.

If the rain doesn’t arrive Wolf Of Windlesham could be a threat to all and looks over-priced at the time of writing (trading at double-figure odds).  Somewhat of a forgotten juvenile having not been seen over hurdles since trials day in January, Stuart Edmunds’ gelding won a Kempton handicap on the Flat recently and definitely appeals as the each-way option here.

Another who will be hoping for a dry night is Hunters Hoof (5:55) who looks worthy of each-way support at 16-1.

An impressive winner at Aintree in October, the seven-year-old failed to cope with soft ground at Haydock the following month before shaping better than the bare form might suggest in the Coral Cup.  He went well for a long way that day and, assuming the ground remains in his favour, he looks capable of a bold show after a light campaign.

Saturday’s selections:
2:25 Sandown: Voix Du Reve; 5/2 bet365
5:55 Sandown: Hunters Hoof; 16/1 bet365

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