Sandown hat-trick on the cards

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: February 14 2013, 18:22 GMT

Gwanako knows his way around Sandown and can win there again on Friday, says Ashley Iveson, who has a tip for every UK race.

Gwanako: Twice a winner at Sandown

DUNDALK: 5.50 Eusepio, 6.20 Muizenberg Nights, 6.50 Cookie Crumbles, 7.20 Fol Hollow, 7.50 Alvar, 8.20 The Reek, 8.50 Atmospheric High, 9.20 Steps To Freedom.

FAKENHAM: 1.10 King's Road, 1.40 Flemi Two Toes, 2.15 Everdon Brook, 2.45 Honest John, 3.20 Seedsman, 3.55 On Borrowed Wings, 4.30 Free Thinking.

LINGFIELD: 1.30 Reasons Unknown, 2.00 Aryal, 2.30 Azrael, 3.05 Spirit Of Xaar, 3.40 Henry The Aviator, 4.15 Jimmy The Snooze, 4.50 Maslak.

SANDOWN: 1.20 Pistol, 1.50 Mountainous, 2.25 She Ranks Me, 3.00 GWANAKO (NAP), 3.30 Tominator, 4.05 Clowance House, 4.40 Rash Move.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.00 Dangerous Age, 5.30 Rightcar, 6.00 Speed Steed, 6.30 Faithful Ruler, 7.00 He's A Striker, 7.30 Street Battle, 8.00 Broxbourne.

DOUBLE: Gwanako and Mountainous.

Dual course winner Gwanako has an obvious chance in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown on Friday.

The 10-year-old enjoyed a fine debut season in the hunter chase sphere last term, kicking off with a couple of triumphs here before falling when still going well in the Foxhunters' Chase at Aintree.

He has been a little disappointing twice since, but the hope is a return to the Esher venue can turn his fortunes around.

Certainly at the ratings, he should be difficult to beat, although in fairness he would prefer the ground better than this.

One who will relish the gruelling conditions is the Richard Lee-trained Mountainous, who goes in the Alanbrooke Handicap Chase.

Successful at Chepstow on his penultimate start, the ex-Irish point-to-pointer is built for stamina tests such as this and is open to plenty of improvement with just three outings over regulation fences.

Having won and finished second at Fakenham already this term, Everdon Brook looks sure to make his presence felt as he returns to the track for the Ben Burgess Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

A dual winner for Ben Case last year, the eight-year-old has taken his game to another level since joining County Durham handler David Thompson early in the campaign.

Three victories and a couple of sound placed efforts have seen his mark rise over 30lb, but his clear-cut triumph at Catterick last time suggested he may not be done improving just yet.

Conditional jockey Tony Kelly appears to get a particularly good tune out of the Everdon Brook and travels south for the ride.

Supporters of Aryal had their fingers burnt at Wolverhampton a couple of weeks ago but he will surely reward those who keep the faith at Lingfield.

Mark Johnston's three-year-old Singspiel colt is bred to be a pretty decent as a brother to a couple of former talented stable companions in Majounes Song and Marias Magic, and he ran perfectly well when a close third on his debut over this course and distance in early January.

Given that promising effort it was no surprise to see him sent off at long odds-on for his next start at Dunstall Park, but after getting into a battle for the lead with 100/1 outsider Arabougg, he was caught close home by only real danger Rouge Nuage.

There does not appear to be too much wrong with Aryal's attitude and he will almost certainly be suited by a step back up in distance to a mile and a quarter.

He should get off the mark at the third attempt in th More Than Just A Racecourse Median Auction Maiden Stakes, and develop into a smart middle-distance handicapper in due course.

The best race on the card is the Blue Square Bet Handicap, a one-mile contest in which each of the six participants can be given some sort of chance.

The vote goes to the Johnston-trained Henry The Aviator, who justified market confidence with a stylish winning debut at Wolverhampton late last month.

The form is not anything to get too excited about, but the selection had a lot in hand at the finish and the feeling is the handicapper may have been a little lenient in handing him an initial mark of 75.

Wolverhampton race on the all-weather in the evening and the best bet comes in the opening heat, with Dangerous Age the one to be on in the Money Back Racing Specials At Handicap.

The John Hills-trained filly ran really nicely when third on her debut over five furlongs at Lingfield soon after the turn of the year and made the required progress to get off the mark over the same course and distance a few weeks later.

While she is probably no star, an initial mark of 56 seems fair enough and this race will not take an awful lot of winning.

Jamie Spencer does not ride for the yard too often, so he is a significant jockey booking.

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