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Adrian Heskin: He is not out of this at his best


Adrian Heskin: He is not out of this at his best

Adrian Heskin: He is not out of this at his best

12.40pm Sandown

All My Love

She was a bit disappointing on her last hurdles start back in March but she has been in good form on the Flat recently, so she could be well treated if translating that form across. If the ground rides more testing than good to soft, then that shouldn’t be a problem, as she has winning form on soft ground as well as good.

1.10pm Sandown


It was clearly a very big ask for him making his debut for Warren in a hot Grade 2 at Ascot last month but that run will have sharpened him up, if nothing else, and this is a more realistic target for him. He was a very good horse with Willie Mullins a couple of years ago so, with that in mind, hopefully he can make his presence felt here off a mark of 139. I suppose he has it to prove, though.

2.55pm Sandown

Sir Valentino

Fox Norton is clearly the one to beat but my horse is second best on official figures, and he is not out of this at his best. He showed what a good two-miler he is when third in the Champion Chase – in fact, you can say his previous second to Special Tiara, giving him 6lb, at Kempton in the Desert Orchid was a much better effort – and he probably wasn’t far off that level when winning a handicap off 159 at Ascot last time. If Fox Norton does underperform, hopefully I will be the one to benefit most, and he ran okay in this race last year. But he definitely wouldn’t want the ground to ride too soft.

3.30pm Sandown

Topper Thornton

He had some decent form at 3m+ in Ireland – in fact, I rode him to a couple of wins there – and he appears to have run an excellent race when second at Carlisle on his debut for Alex last month. The problem is the handicapper has raised him 6lb for it, but he clearly comes here in good form and hopefully he can progress again. Trip and ground look okay and he is a hold-up ride, so I will be looking to produce him as late as possible.

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