14:30 Sandown Fri 9 March 2018
- Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Memorial Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
- 1m 7f 216y, Soft (Heavy in places, back straight G/Soft in places)
- 8 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Makes his handicap debut here having shown some ability especially in his two most recent maiden/novice hurdles. Shoulders a big weight here but rider claims 7lb and not ruled out.
Showed marked improvement for the switch to handicap company at Kempton last time when finishing a fairly close second. Up 3lb and every chance he can progress again for last year's winning trainer/jockey combination.
Previous winner of a novice hurdle but has mostly been racing on the Flat recently. Well held on stable debut at Doncaster latest, and his rider has a better record over fences.
Point-to-point runner-up who is yet to show too much in three starts over hurdles. Likely to make a chaser in time but could improve for the switch to handicaps.
A winner at Lingfield two starts back, but needs heavy ground (and preferably further) to be seen at his best, so others make more appeal.
More than twice the age of many of these and finished last of all when last seen over hurdles but has been in good form over fences recently. On a very lenient mark if transferring that form here.
C&D winner last time out and has been raised 6lb as a result. Hasn't won off a mark this high, but has run well and no doubt that he could put in an accomplished performance again.
C&D winner in March 2015, but that was his last win and he's had plenty of chances to get his head back in front since. Improvement needed on recent Plumpton fourth in a tougher race (down 2lb).
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Mr Domenico D'alo|
Briac (7/2), Kastani Beach (4/1), Ratify (9/2), No Hiding Place (9/2), Scrafton (7/1), Lord Marmaduke (8/1), Skinflint (11/1), Stolberg (16/1)
- No Hiding Place
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