First off apologies to anyone that followed last Saturday. It has been a tough start to 2022 generally but we’d had a few good weeks and almost pulled it back to level. However that was the worst single day since I started. Hopefully this Saturday we can come back strongly and build a bank for Cheltenham next week where I traditionally do well across the week and will be betting with confidence.
The big betting race this Saturday is the Imperial Cup, a competitive handicap hurdle which has the biggest field since 2015 and is a valuable prize. Balco Coastal is the favourite and with Henderson out of form you’d need to be brave to take the current 7/2 even though he has the profile of a winner in this race. Regardless he’s not for me at the price. There are two I like against the field here and the first one is Hacker Des Places. He was sent off at very short odds on British debut but was ultimately well beaten by his stablemate before hacking up at Wetherby. He ran well in the valuable handicap hurdle at Lingfield before finally getting off the mark in a handicap last time at Chepstow. That wasn’t a strong race but he’s only 5 and unexposed. He’s up 4lbs and in a much stronger race but the rain today and this evening will help his cause and he’s worth a bet at current odds. The other one I like is Kihavah who is also a five year old and one on the up. Since going handicapping he’s been very consistent going up the grades winning at Newcastle and Musselburgh with a decent run in a good race at Cheltenham in between. There will be a strong pace on here which will suit him and I hope he can come late and take this off a featherweight.
In the 1.50 race before we have another competitive handicap but it’s hard for me to get away from Our Jet who has been let in off a mark of 122 on handicap debut and he may be a fair bit better than that. All his form is solid, including a narrow defeat by Hillcrest at Aintree in November. He’s won his last two in impressive fashion including a win last time over Rafferty’s Return who has won comfortably since at Wetherby in a decent looking race. Thunder Rock is respected for sure and there are a few other unexposed sorts lurking, but Our Jet looks a cracking bet.
In the 4.10 Powerstown Park is out again after I put him up on here and he was a non runner. Only William Hill have priced him up as I type, but I am still keen on his chances to win again, and this is an easier race than the one last time. All the reasoning still stands. I am happy with 7/2 but no lower.
1.50 Sandown – Our Jet 13/2 1.5pts EW (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5 & BOG)
2.25 Sandown – Kihavah 18/1 0.75pts EW (Lads 1/5 1,2,3,4,5 & BOG) & Hacker Des Places 14/1 0.5pts EW (Paddys 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6)
4.10 Sandown – Powerstown Park – do not take lower than 7/2 1.5pts Win