SANDOWN 1.50PM – 32RedSport.com HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE
MR MOLE was a fair hurdler and promised to do well as a novice chaser last season. After beating the decent Vukovar at Haydock he failed to progress, but he looked good on his seasonal debut at Exeter, staying on well to beat Brick Red. He looks best on right-handed tracks and Sandown should suit. He has won three of his six starts over fences and is open to improvement and with the ground in his favour and his trainer in hot form, it is easy to see him running a big race.
SANDOWN 2.25PM – THE 32Red TOLWORTH HURDLE
L’AMI SERGE has made a big impact so far in Britain, winning in impressive style at Newbury, before stepping up in class to take a Grade Two contest at Ascot. He has looked a talented hurdler so far and has really impressed me on both starts. Last time out he faced two good horses and never looked in trouble and he is certainly worth this try at Grade One company. The soft ground will suit and although he faces decent opponents, he should win and go on to even better things.
WINCANTON 3.15PM – BATHWICK TYRES HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE
BLACK RIVER was a decent hurdler in France and even beat Vautour at Auteuil, conceding him four pounds. He had never shown that level of form in Britain, but last time out, with first time cheekpieces on, he looked an improved performer, running on well to win at Ludlow, despite being hampered in running. The cheekpieces are on again and an increase of just six pounds looks fair as this six year old could be starting to get the hang of things in Britain and could be several pounds better than his current mark. The ground and trip suits and his trainer, Paul Nicholls excels at Wincanton and continues to be in great form.