ITV Racing tips: Newsboy's best bets for Sandown and Wincanton ITV4 races on Saturday
HITCH your wagon to WANDRIN STAR in the Unibet Veterans' Handicap Chase (3.00) at Sandown Park.
The Kim Bailey-trained 11-year-old hasn’t been the easiest horse to get to the track, being limited to three outings in each of the last two seasons.
But Wandrin Star, who shares his name with Lee Marvin’s classic song from the 1969 Western musical film Paint Your Wagon, is a useful chaser when on song - as he showed when landing a veterans’ race over course and distance in November.
Making his seasonal return after 248 days off, Wandrin Star posted a personal best, motoring up the hill to beat Dancing Shadow by a length and a half.
A 3lb rise in the weights takes my selection to a British Horseracing Authority rating of 139, but David Bass’s mount has been competitive from similar marks in the past and Wandrin Star looks set for another good account.
STOLEN SILVER can strike gold in the Art Of Outdoor With Ocean Handicap Chase (3.15) at Wincanton.
The Sam Thomas-saddled grey went under by a neck to Editeur Du Gite at Cheltenham the following month, his cause not helped by a stumble at the final fence.
Stolen Silver proved short of Grade 1 level when a 23-length fourth to Edwardstone in Sandown Park’s Henry VIII Novices’ Chase five weeks ago.
Jack Tudor’s mount will be more at home back in handicaps and, with the return to two and a half miles unlikely to be a problem, he can shrug off top weight.
PITTSBURG has strong claims of a follow-up in the Leonna Mayor New House Celebration Handicap Hurdle (1.30).
A weight of money forced the six-year-old down to 11-4 joint-favourite for an amateur riders’ handicap hurdle las time and the Ryan Potter trainee netted the money by a neck.
That’s no reflection of the winner’s superiority on the back of a wind operation however – and a 6lb higher mark shouldn’t stop another good account.
There was much to like about the chasing debut of BELLE DE MANECH over two and a half miles at Wincanton on Boxing Day.
Anthony Honeyball’s mare should cope with stepping back to the minimum trip in the advancedBiotech.co.uk UK Award Winning CBD Handicap Chase (2.05).
The rapidcharge.com Leading EV Charging Solution Handicap Hurdle (2.40) looks trappy, but course-and-distance scorer GOLDEN EMBLEM should not be underestimated.
CONSTITUTION HILL is hard to take on in Sandown’s Grade 1 Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle (2.25).
There was an unmistakable star quality in the way Nico de Boinville’s partner beat Might I by 14 lengths over course and distance last month.
There is more to come from NUMITOR, who gets the vote to account for six opponents in the Unibet Horserace Betting Operator Of The Year Handicap Chase (1.50).
Competition for the lead didn’t help Schiaparelli’s son when second at Newbury on the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase undercard in November.
Numitor should get a quiet time of things up front here.
Evan Williams’ MACK THE MAN made a successful return to the fray at Exeter in November. A 3lb rise in the weights may not prove insurmountable in the Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Handicap Hurdle (3.35).
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