Tip of the day: Soft options
Ben Linfoot heads to Sandown for his tip of the day and the closing Wildwood Golf And Country Club Handicap.
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The rain has fallen at Sandown in a big way and with the ground now described as 'Soft, heavy in places' it's time to side with horses who revel in such conditions.
Perhaps you can find it in your heart to forgive Milton Bradley's Solemn and back him in the opener. He only beat two out of 22 rivals on his first two starts this season but ran a much better race last time when fourth at Wolverhampton.
He won a race over the course and distance on soft ground off a 10lb higher mark last season and this son of Pivotal might just be about to bounce back to winning form under Adam Kirby.
Likewise, Penitent looks to have a very good chance of upsetting hot favourite Wentworth in the Listed Fortune Stakes 95 minutes later.
He's another one who just loves it when the mud is flying and he's two from two at Sandown, including a win in this race three years ago.
David O'Meara's seven-year-old has been running well in better company all year and it wouldn't surprise were he to get back on the winning trail too.
However, the best bet on the card comes in the closing handicap with Mark Tompkins' TOPAMICHI worth backing.
The Newmarket handler has booked the services of Ryan Moore (3-12 for the yard over the last few years) who is just the man to curb the enthusiasm of this slightly exuberant three-year-old.
He's raced keenly over this trip on his last three starts but it didn't stop him running a fine race behind Headline News over the course and distance five days ago.
That was further evidence he handles this sort of ground and with a few pacesetters in here - Powder Hound, Lady Pimpernel and Penny Rose have all made the running - he should settle better under strong handling from Moore.
If that's the case I think he'll win. Not only is the ground ideal but the trip seems perfect for him too, he goes well at the track and he's still progressing.
In a tight little handicap he appeals the most considering all of these factors.