Telegraph a Champagne Bet

  • By: Ben Linfoot
  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 17:42 BST

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value from Chester and Sandown on Saturday.

William Buick: Can win aboard Gathering


1pt win Grissom in 15.05 Chester at 18/1 (General)

1pt win Gathering in 15.25 Sandown at 14/1 (Stan James)

1pt win Fadhaa in 16.00 Sandown at 16/1 (BetVictor)

1pt win Late Telegraph in 16.00 Sandown at 22/1 (Paddy Power)


It's a low-key Saturday with no superstars on show around the country but there are a handful of competitive handicaps to get stuck into including the Piper Heidsieck Champagne & Levy Board Handicap at Sandown.

Mijhaar and Valiant have obvious claims but are priced accordingly while Indian Jack looks worth another crack at the 10-furlong trip after his eye-catching third over a mile at York.

However, at the prices I reckon it's worth chancing another York eye-catcher in LATE TELEGRAPH who ran a decent race in the Sky Bet Mobile Stakes won by Kirthill.

Everything came from off the pace in that race but Sir Henry Cecil's Montjeu colt was always prominent, was always trapped on the outside from his wide draw and yet was only beaten eight lengths.

It was a much more promising effort from him after an uninspiring run behind Motivado at Goodwood and with the handicapper dropping him 5lbs to 83 he races off a career low mark here.

Chuck in some first-time blinkers and a low draw and you have to think Luke Morris' instructions will be to have a go from a prominent position as this horse's key attribute seems to be stamina.

At 22/1 it's worth a poke he can draw the sting out of this field from his low weight.

He's not a horse to go to war with on his own, however, and I'm inclined to split stakes on the race with Charles Hills' FADHAA given he's available at 16s.

This horse has run with credit every time he's been to Sandown including two starts ago when he was a tad keen but was unlucky to lose by a head to two fast finishers.

Encouragingly he ran well next time away from Esher when placed at Leicester and now he's back at Sandown I fancy him to run a big race under Paul Hanagan.

The champion jockey has the widest draw to deal with but with the whole field on his inside Hanagan will have no problem sitting in behind something and that will help his mount settle.

That's the key to him and if he does get the Bahri colt into a comfortable rhythm early on he should have the horse under him to make a sustained challenge up the hill.

Earlier on at Sandown, GATHERING is worth a bet at 14s in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes now she is running over the trip she was bred for.

John Gosden's Street Cry filly has been running over nine and ten furlongs this campaign but looks worth dropping in trip as she has been running with promise but hasn't been seeing out her races.

A strongly-run stiff mile could bring out the best in her and as she isn't rated far off the best of these anyway 14/1 underestimates this lightly-raced filly's chances.

Finally, GRISSOM is worth a bet in the Chester Standard Handicap at 18/1.

There's a whole host of three-year-olds who could conceivably fill the tri-cast positions in this race but they do suffocate the market and the older horses have consequently been shoved out to massive prices.

Grissom is the one that appeals as he's been running well in some high-quality six-furlong sprints and now he's back at a track he likes over a trip he prefers.

Stall one and the bit of cut in the ground is the icing on the cake and with Tim Easterby in good form too I can't resist his claims.

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