Tominator the answer at Sandown
Man On The Spot previews Saturday's televised racing including the Imperial Cup at Sandown and two races at Wolverhampton.
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14.05 Sandown European Breeders' Fund paddypower.com 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3)
Whisper has won twice over this trip at Ffos Las but was outclassed in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in between and may not be ready for this company just yet. Barry Geraghty prefers The Queen's Close Touch, unbeaten until tackling this trip for the first time at Doncaster, while Nicky Henderson also saddles three-times winner Golden Hoof. Kings Lad beat Imperial Cup favourite Mr Mole in November but hasn't managed a win since while Edmund Kean and Barrakilla need to improve again if they are to complete the hat-trick. MANY CLOUDS is giving weight to all of his rivals but looks a smart prospect and may be up to the task. His two defeats this season have been at the hands of smart novices and his latest victory at Exeter is working out well. God's Own appreciated the step up to 2m4f at Musselburgh last time and may prove the pick of the remainder.
14.20 Wolverhampton williamhill.com E.B.F. Lady Wulfruna Stakes (Listed)
Recent renewals provide a good pointer as Belgian Bill was beaten only a head last year on his return from Meydan and Dunelight won this in 2010 having raced in Dubai beforehand. KENNY POWERS has been thereabouts in tough handicaps at Meydan of late and the course and distance winner can make the most of favourable terms and come out best today. Regal Parade is the only rival rated higher than the selection but he hasn't raced since November and the progressive Solar Deity looks a bigger threat. He arrives on the back of a victory at Lingfield where he beat Verse Of Love and Monsieur Chevalier. Capone and Docofthebay weren't good enough in last year's renewal and Light From Mars has plenty to find at the weights if he's to record a hat-trick, as does Kickingthelilly.
14.40 Sandown Download The Paddy Power App Handicap Chase
Goring One's recent course and distance victory came a little out of the blue and he's on a career-high mark. Time For Spring and Lively Baron are others who have been successful at the track this term but the latter is an out-and-out stayer and the former doesn't always find a lot off the bridle. RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE won the Grade 3 Classic Chase at Warwick in January and ran well in the Grand National Trial at Haydock subsequently off his new mark. The drop back to 3m is a slight concern but this is a stiff track and he's fancied to get back to winning ways. Alvarado has a chance on his best form and There's No Panic was a fair third here last month, though is possibly a couple of pounds too high in the weights.
14.55 Wolverhampton William Hill Lincoln Trial Handicap
None of these figure in the Lincoln betting at the moment but Nazreef won this contest last year and looks set for another bold bid. Last year's third, Mia's Boy, looks better value this time around on much better terms with Nazreef and ran well behind Marco Botti's Solar Deity, who runs in the opener, last time. The Newmarket trainer is represented by GUEST OF HONOUR today and though the latter has a short-head to make up with Loyalty on latest running, he can do so with further progress expected. Strictly Silver and Alfred Hutchinson have claims on their recent placed efforts in competitive handicaps at Lingfield but the returning Pilgrims Rest could prove the fly in the ointment representing the Hannon team with Richard Hughes in fine form.
15.15 Sandown Paddy Power Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Listed)
There could be a few Cheltenham clues on offer in this as several have entries next week, hoping to grab the £75,000 bonus on offer with a victory here and at The Festival. Mr Mole looks sure to go off favourite following last month's impressive victory at Taunton. He beat Melodic Rendezvous, fancied for Tuesday's Supreme Novices', on his hurdling debut at Exeter and remains open to further improvement. John Ferguson saddles a couple of with decent claims, the hat-trick-seeking Pine Creek preferred to Cayman Islands, while Paintball is only a pound higher than when successful 12 months ago and this is his time of year. Tanerko Emery is probably too high in the weights now but Claret Cloak will have his supporters and French import Le Bacardy, along with Shammick Boy who beat Whitby Jack at Chepstow, should also go well. Dual winner TOMINATOR makes his handicap debut but that shouldn't be a problem as he often ran well in big fields on the Flat. A former winner of the Northumberland Plate, Jonjo O'Neill's useful stayer may be the answer to this.
15.50 Sandown European Breeders' Fund/Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)
Several unbeaten mares and fillies put their unbeaten records on the line in this Listed contest and Free Thinking has to go on the short-list. She has Supreme Present back in third when winning at Fakenham last month having beaten Definitely Glad on her debut at Kempton. Tamarina Bay was very impressive at Bangor while Midnight Minx has been kept to bumpers again this season and her trainer, responsible for last year's third and fourth, were rewarded when she made a winning reappearance at Catterick ahead of a subsequent winner. CENTASIA only won by a head at Ludlow in January but the runner-up has scored since and the third was a previous winner. David Pipe's six-year-old needs to improve again to complete her hat-trick but should be capable of doing so. Our Pollyanna has her first start for Alan King but could also go close.