Who To Follow At Sandown On Saturday - 05/02/22

Sandown - February 05 2022
Sandown 14:20
Charlie Deutsch

L'Homme Presse

J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 7
Weight: 11-4
OR: 154
Days: 35

The feature race of the afternoon is the Grade One Scilly Isles Novices' Chase over 2m4f and strong L'Homme Presse could be very tough to pass.

The Venetia Williams team are in top form this season, as they currently operate at an impressive 24%-win strike rate for the last 14 days, and the favourite for this weekend’s Grade One Scilly Isles Chase has contributed towards that good from this season.

Already a three-time winner this season, including the Grade Two Dipper Chase to his name at Cheltenham last time out, this lightly raced novice chaser looks one of the leading Novice Chasers of the season for us in the UK, only having the seven rules starts, four of them resulting in him getting past the post in front.

He was campaigned very lightly over hurdles, obviously going over the larger obstacles was always at the forefront of connections thinking, and that was a brilliant decision made by them.

L’Homme Presse has won all three of his chasing starts by a combined 29 lengths, and his win in the Dipper last time out at Cheltenham was arguably a career best, making all and not touching a twig when jumping.

He was clearly to much for his other rivals that day as when he was pushed along, he responded superbly and flew up the Cheltenham hill, something a lot of horses cannot accomplish, with that form being franked by Fantastikas winning next time out.

He looks superb over fences, and if he is given an easy time of things, he could take home his first career Grade One, before heading onto bigger and better things later on this season.


Trainer To Follow - Nigel Twiston-Davies

Nigel Twiston-Davies only sends a small team to Sandown on Saturday but it looks a very impressive bunch of horses that all should go close.

His best chance of a winner on the day comes in the Listed Contenders Hurdle with Guard Your Dreams looking to get back to winning ways.

Another big chance for the handler is the six year old Beauport in the Grade Three Handicap Hurdle with the gelding holding leading claimes.

Twiston-Davies has had a fantastic season to date and these two runners can go close to extend his hot-streak.

Jockey To Follow - Charlie Deutsch

Finally, the jockey to follow on Saturday at the Esher track is Charlie Deutsch who alongside his retained handler Venetia Williams has been nothing short of excellent all season.

On Saturday his first big chance comes on Frero Banbou who was a lovely winner at Lingfield last time out in heavy ground and already a course and distance winner at this track should go well again.

In the feature Grade One Scilly Isles Chase he sits on L'Homme Presse who is looking to make it 4/4 over hurdles and land his first big event.

Another nice runner for Deutsch is the talented Green Book in the Grade Three Handicap Hurdle and although unseating last time out still retains his potential.

The rider heads into the weekend sporting a strike rate of 28% strike rate for the last two weeks having managed five winners from his last 18 rides.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing