Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: July 4 2014, 16:04 BST

Flush with success from yesterday, I could be overconfidently about to flush some of the proceeds away but I'm going to adopt a similar approach to the Noelle Reno Handicap at Sandown.​

Air Pilot could be leniently treated following his Epsom second
Air Pilot could be leniently treated following his Epsom second

Jodies Jem each-way, 1610 Sandown

The primary concern is that the favourite here, Air Pilot*, looks really very hard to beat. 

Unexposed, he has been a shade unfortunate to bump into decent types in Clever Cookie and Farraaj either side of breaking his duck at Thirsk but a 4lb rise for his latest run at the Derby meeting strikes me as being more than fair given that the third was seven lengths adrift.

His sole win came over 12 furlongs but this stiff finish over this shorter trip looks ideal and there are no concerns with regards to underfoot conditions, nor the stable's form.

As hard to beat as I think he is, I do feel that Jodies Jem is worth supporting each-way while I'll also have another crack at a combination forecast.

William Jarvis had a welcome winner yesterday with the nicely named Beakers N Num Nums and his record at Sandown stands at a respectable 4-30 over the last five seasons while Joe Fanning is a positive booking for the stable.

Stamina is a big question mark for this son of Kheleyf but he's shaped on more than one occasion as though well worth a try over further and he is related to a winner at this trip.

Thrice a visitor to Sandown, Jodies Jem ran an excellent second to the useful Sea Shanty over a mile last summer before taking third behind another Richard Hannon runner on soft ground in September.

The conditions were also easy on his latest visit on his most recent start where he took a step in the right direction following a modest reappearance.

He's dropped 2lbs in the weights and is just 1lb higher than when chasing home Sea Shanty so is on a decent mark at a track he runs well with conditions he handles.

This is competitive with the favourite and the bang in-form Chain Of Events prominent in the market in a contest that younger horses have dominated in recent years but at prices of 25/1 and upwards are too big to resist.

Air Pilot has to go into the forecast where he's joined by Jodies Jem, Karraar and Chain Of Events.

*Air Pilot was declared a non-runner at 0900.