Sandown Sunday Preview

12:45 - Nelson's Touch

Nine have been declared for this Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2 and a half miles and we've sided with Seamus Mullins' Nelson's Touch.

He has smart form on heavy ground and enjoys Sandown, finishing second in a Listed Handicap here in December and this is a significant drop back in grade.

He's been doing the majority of his running over 2 miles and this step up in trip can see him back in the winners enclosure.

13:15 - At Its Own Expense

This Novice Handicap Chase sees 9 take each other on over 2 and a half miles and we've sided with Philip Hobbs' At Its Own Expense.

He's on chase debut after only four runs over hurdles, most recently finishing second at Worcester to Dr Richard Newland's Duke Street, who then subsequently bolted up in a Cheltenham handicap.

Duke Street is now rated 141 and Richard Johnson's mount could take advantage of his opening chase mark of 128 and should come on for his latest run.

14:25 - Santini

Some smart horses have won this Listed 3 mile chase over the past few years and Santini should give Nicky Henderson a second win in three years after Might Bite's 2017 success.

An interrupted campaign meant just the three starts over fences last season, winning on debut before third to TopoftheGame in the Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.

He was then just beaten by the same horse in the RSA at Cheltenham however completely missed his prep due to the Equine Flu and ran a mighty race considering.

He should take the world of beating here, as he starts his potential route back to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup.

15:30 - Le Reve

Some familiar faces line up for this veterans chase and we're siding with course and distance winner Le Reve.

His runs at the end of last season were slightly disappointing but they came on good ground and back on heavy ground, at Sandown, he may be hard to beat.

He was a 13 length winner over course and distance on soft when winning the Grand Military Gold Cup back in March and is only two pounds higher for that easy success.

16:00 - Doin'whatshelikes

The final race of the day is the Class 4 national hunt flat race over two miles and Paul Nicholls holds a strong hand in this contest with Doin'whatshelikes.

This four year old filly is a huge unknown entity having only ran twice during her career both in point to points and running to a decent standard.

This saw her bought for £82,000 in April at the Cheltenham sales and being a half sister to four winners makes her a very attractive proposition on debut for the yard.

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