Nevertheless, there are winners to be found and the ITV cameras are not only at Sandown but also bring you action from Aintree. So eight events to get stuck into.
The 2.20pm at Sandown is a Listed handicap hurdle over 2m, and the one to be with is JENKINS, who made up late ground at Cheltenham last time having looked as though he would be tailed off at one stage. He can be a good winner for Nicky Henderson, and Nico de Boinville.
It’s the Grade 1 Tingle Creek over nearly 2m at 2.55pm. FOX NORTON is the class act and while it’s a boring selection he should be a good thing for Power and Tizzard.
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Finally at Sandown the 3.30pm is a handicap chase over 3m5f and it will take some getting. DOING FINE is in fair form and will get the trip so he should be hard to keep out the frame for Neil Mulholland. Barry Geraghty is a good jockey booking.
The Aintree action starts at 1.30pm with the Grade 3 Becher over 3m2f, often seen as a race for Grand National hopes. VIEUX LION ROUGE is high in the weights for David Pipe, but he’s a tough horse who jumps well and can be a decent winner for a stable looking for a star.
The 2.05 at Aintree is a Listed Juvenile Hurdle over 2m1f, and I like MALAYA for the former champion Paul Nicholls and Sean Bowen. My selection has to give weight away but should run huge after a decent success at Wetherby last time.
It’s the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at Aintree at 2.35pm over 3m1f, and in the colours of Many Clouds is Cloudy Dream, although his stamina has to be suspect. I like DEFINITLY RED, who ran a reasonable race first time out this season for Brian Ellison.