Talking Horses: In the veteran final of Sandown, Crosspark should get it right


Sandown is a special track and, although he has yet to win there, Crosspark (3.00) seems well suited to this venue.

“In the Veterans Final, which has become the most enticing race on the Tolworth card, Caroline Bailey’s chaser will change that. Talking Horses: Harchibald defense fends off “non-Trier” attackRead moreCrosspark couldn’t quite match a high-class rival here in November and had to concede some weight to the winner of last year when the London National was narrowly beaten again.

But this time, he is unlikely to meet a very forgiving opponent and the combination of three miles and soft ground may be perfect. The money on Friday for Valtor is fascinating as he dropped to a risky ranking. Regal Flow could be in the mix from the bottom of the weights, which came close last year. 1.50 Sandown The only reason Ibleo did not win last time at Cheltenham was that Sky Pirate eventually had it all together, which seemed a little less possible than being hit by lightning. That means Ibleo has been lifted in the weights for loss three times in a row, but the reliable form of Venetia Williams seems to be the right one here. 2.05 Ayr You can make a case for any athlete, but Charmant may be underestimated. Although in two fall races he was well maintained, both were at Listed Level and this is a major step down in class. Sandown Metier is an understandable favorite and he definitely has an engine, but he was new to some of his jumping at Ascot and needs to become more fluent for the class jump that Tolworth Hurdle demands. He has fallen to his last winning mark and the jaws are returning. 2.25 The advanced Galice Macalo, who was a great performer here on Tingle Creek day when second in a Listed Handicap, is favored. 2.40 Ayr Heavy Ground is just the Portstorm ticket, who last month scored a win at a slogfest here. 3.15 Ayr A few years ago, Takingrisks, the Scottish National champion, raced sullenly to finish fourth after being overtaken in the Rehearsal Chase. The move to handicaps should help him settle behind a better early pace. That was his first run since wind surgery, and with the testing ground an aid, this looks a better chance.Quick GuideThe Horse Racing Tips for SaturdayShowTips by Chris CookLingfield 11. Super JuliusSandown 12.05 Hudson De Grugy 12.40 Whitehotchillifili 1.15 Speredek 1.50 Ibleo 2.30 30 Elegant Love 12.00 Sisu 12.35 Abrag 1.10 Accomplice 1.45 Merweb 2.20 Sparkling Progress 2.55 Join Forces 3.30 The Edgar Wallace 2.05 Charming 2.40 Portstorm 3.15 Takingrisks 3.45 Those Tiger FeetWolverhampton 4. 25 Galice Macalo 3.00 Crosspark (nap) 3.35 Friend Or Foe Ayr12.20 Wetlands 12.55 Reivers Lad 1.30 Revolutionary Man 6.10 Final Voyage 6.40 Napper Tandy 7.10 ObtuseHereford Abandoned because of frost Was this helpful? 10 Madeeh (nb) 4.40 Enthusiastic 5.10 Rochester House 5.40 Thanks for the feedback.3. .35 Sandown He’s a developmental chaser, but Friend Or Foe looked like he showed up last month at Wincanton. That was his first attempt at a test track that the youngster seemed to be enjoying.

It also seems that the cheek flaps he wore on his last two starts made a difference. After Tramore spin, Al Boum Picture faces a rigorous training schedule over the next two months as his repeat run seemed to indicate that he is farther away from peak fitness than organizers anticipated. After the nine-year-old won the Savills New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore in commanding fashion at the hands of Paul Townend, his trainer Willie Mullins said, “He needed that run badly,” Before the horse attempted to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for a third consecutive time on March 19, Mullins briefly considered giving Al Boum Picture another run. The trainer based in Carlow spoke out of it quickly, but made no secret that he was intending to give the steeplechaser plenty of work. Mullins told RacingTV, “He did what he needed to do,” It looked like he was in trouble, maybe halfway back, but since March last year, he hadn’t run a race. “It looked like he was in trouble, maybe halfway back, but he hasn’t run a race since March of last year. ”

I myself was shocked.

But he was just running on his own, Paul figured. In the race, there were only four [other]runners and nothing around him. “Routine, lack of race fitness, and maybe I should have started him before,” he said.

Mullins added that after the race, which he won by 19 lengths, Al Boum Picture had ‘a very good shot’. “We’re going to have a


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