Back Brack at Sandown
We analyse the last nine renewals of Saturday's Betfred Masters Handicap Chase at Sandown and pick out the key statistics.
- Winners have been aged 7 (two), 8 (two), 9 (two), 11 and 13.
- Winners have carried between 9-7 and 11-5.
- Winners have been rated between 120 and 151 with seven between 120 and 136.*
- Winners have been priced between 5/2 and 20/1 with six in single figures.
- Two favourites have been successful with a further one placed.
- Seven winners finished in the first five on their preceding start, only one was successful.
- Seven winners had their preceding start in either December or January of the current season.
- All of the winners had won over at least three miles.
- Seven winners had either won or been placed in a class 2 handicap chase or better.
*The 2008 renewal was the first to be run as an open handicap (prior to that, it was a 0-145) and the four winners under current conditions have been rated 143, 130, 151 and 136.
Winners have been something of a mixed bag with Philip Hobbs winning the last two renewals with popular teenagers Eric's Charm and Monkerhostin while there's an unusually small turn out this year.
The unexposed Keppols Hill will be popular for his powerful connections on his handicap bow and a couple of winners had run in only one handicap chase prior to picking up this prize.
Mister Hyde unseated on his only previous attempt in a class two contest while Summery Justice has come up short in two runs at this level although he hasn't had many chances and goes well fresh as he attempts to emulate Monkerhostin who won this on his seasonal bow.
Preference is for Brackloon High who ran second here in December (five winners had won or been placed at the track) and comes here on the back of a victory in a class 2 contest. His 8lb rise is partly negated by Micheal Nolan's claim and two of the last three winners have been partnered by conditional jockeys.