16:00 Sandown Fri 14 February 2020

Abandoned
  • Alanbrooke Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 3m 37y,
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£9,384.002nd£2,772.003rd£1,386.004th£693.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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1
812-0OR: 137D
8/1

Very useful chaser if you go back a couple of seasons but it's all gone south in more recent times, and he looked pretty reluctant at Haydock last time out; on a tempting mark but it needs a real leap of faith now.

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2
911-12OR: 135CD
9/2

Thorough stayer that ground it out to score at Plumpton last March; efforts since then a bit mixed, to say the least, but handles heavy ground and might be a bit happier going back right-handed; chances if that's the case.

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3
1011-10OR: 133D
7/1

Looked about ready to win again after his third in a competitive Cheltenham handicap in November but pulled up last time out; has a ready excuse though (bled) and with trip/ground no issue here,has chances of getting back on track.

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4
911-7OR: 130D
6/1

Only had the three chase starts but successful when last seen out, although that was back in March of last year, which suggests he might have had an issue; potential for much better is there, but after absence, may be best watched today.

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5
Cobolobob1,t48
811-6OR: 129
8/1

Giant of a chaser that's got a real hit-and-miss profile; looked useful when scoring at Haydock in December but never travelled with much enthusiasm at Newbury last time; blinkers now given a try, which could help, and he cannot be discounted.

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6
811-6OR: 129BF
6/1

Winner of the Sussex National at Plumpton in January but couldn't back that up from a 6lb higher mark there last time out, beaten at odds-on; ability is there for sure, but might not be one to trust with the mortgage.

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7
911-3OR: 126CD
11/2

Had plenty left in the tank when scoring here back in December and has turned in a couple of decent enough efforts since, then, although a little below par latest; back to scene of his win could raise his game again, so not discounted.

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8
1211-2OR: 125D
8/1

Was on the hunt for the hat-trick when unseating here last time out, still held every chance when doing do; this arguably a little less competitive too, and if handling this deep ground, should have a chance.

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9
Alminarb,t28
710-10OR: 119D
8/1

Ground to make up with Horatio Hornblower on their Ffos Las form from November but wins either side of that show he's an improving horse; up another 7lb for latest win and this is tougher, but handles heavy and less weight to carry than a few.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Achille910-134/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: H F Nugent

Betting

Forecast

Another Venture (9/2), Le Boizelo (11/2), Christmas In April (6/1), St Erney (6/1), Potters Legend (7/1), Alminar (8/1), Cobolobo (8/1), Thomas Patrick (8/1), Horatio Hornblower (8/1)

Verdict

Christmas In April is probably the one to beat, but he needs to put an odds-on defeat last time behind him, and may not represent a lot of value. Cobolobo could get back on track if the blinkers work but he does look hard work at times, and preference is for POTTERS LEGEND, who has a legitimate excuse for a poor effort last time and could find this a suitable test. Alminar is worth a second look from the foot of the handicap and Le Boizelo could go well back at Sandown.
  1. Potters Legend
  2. Christmas In April
  3. Cobolobo

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