A good day today as both selections returned profit, courtesy of Lady Of The Night advised at 12/1 placing second for each-way returns and Eclair Surf winning at an advised 3/1.
SHANG TANG (12.45 Sandown, 0.5pts each-way @7/1) CHAZZA (12.45 Sandown, 0.5pts each-way @8/1) SHANG TANG has looked on good terms with himself this season, shaping with plenty of promise on his reappearance before using that seasonal pipe-opener to good effect over course-and-distance last month. He’ll appreciate any dig in the ground and should go well. Kim Bailey’s CHAZZA has a good attitude and has yet to finish outside the top-two in all completed outings. He was a promising second on handicap debut last time, where he was caught out by a speedier rival towards the finish and given the winner has scored again since, this six-year-old holds each-way claims. SIR VALENTINE (13.55 Sandown, 1pt win @5/1) SIR VALENTINE’s jumping let him down last time but his form stacks up well and his second on chase debut was encouraging. He was the best of these over hurdles, placing third in a competitive Grade Three over course-and-distance on heavy ground from a mark of 130 before placing fourth in the Grade Three Betfair Hurdle from the same mark. His ninth place in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham can also be upgraded. The seven-year-old clearly handles the contours of this track very effectively, won’t mind conditions and generally looks a solid option with the scope and potential to surpass his current mark. I like him a lot for this event. SHANTOU EXPRESS (14.30 Sandown, 0.5pts each-way @7/1) I do think the bookmakers have slightly underestimated the Kim Bailey-trained SHANTOU EXPRESS, who has achieved some good figures already over timber and has won his last two races by a combination of 35-lengths. This race demands a career-best, but he’s improving at a rate of knots and has to be respected under top pilot, David Bass. PIC D’ORHY (15.05 Sandown, 1pt win @3/1) A fascinating Novices’ Chase. The Paul Nicholls-trained PIC D’ORHY unfortunately fell three out when travelling strongly over course-and-distance last time when Chantry House was left with the race at mercy. With that said, I’m convinced the result might have been different if this talented five-year-old had stood up given the fact that he had Nicky Henderson’s hot favourite under serious pressure before his departure. On a line through that piece of form, he could have the measure of chasing debutant Allart, who was two places behind Chantry House in the Supreme at Cheltenham. Also, Pic D’Orhy is the top-rated in the line-up at 150 and with proven form on soft-to-heavy ground along with an impressive Betfair Hurdle success to his name.