Templegate’s horse racing tips: Lingfield and Sandown live on ITV – top betting preview for ITV’s racing on Saturday, February 2
GIVE the bookies a kick up the ‘Arris in the Betway Cleves Stakes. Last year’s winner Kachy is going to be hard to beat but I’m willing to chance MOKARRIS.
Mokarris has plenty of potential and should relish this challengePA:Press Association
He was a really useful two-year-old when landing a Newbury Listed contest before going on to finish runner-up in the Gimcrack behind top-class sprinter Blue Point.
Simon Crisford’s hope hasn’t run for the best part of two years but that’s not a big worry as his trainer is more than capable of getting one ready.
My fancy is bred to love the all-weather and he’s had an operation to help his breathing since we last saw him. At the prices he looks the one with a big run in him.
Kachy is lightning-quick on his day and he’s got a great record on the all-weather. If he gets away it might all be over but he’s priced up accordingly.
Lancelot Du Lac is another with excellent all-weather form. He wasn’t beaten far when sixth in this race last year following the same length of absence. His presence underlines this is not a one-horse race.
Corinthia Knight and Stone Of Destiny are others in with a shout.
Frankie Dettori can strike at LingfieldGetty Images – Getty
FRANKIE DETTORI should grant punters their Wiss in the Betway Winter Derby Trial.
WISSAHICKON has only been beaten twice in eight starts and the way he came clear in the closing stages to win the Cambridgeshire marked him down as a future Group performer.
It’s fair to say the lightning pace played into his hands at Newmarket so it was nice to see him move with class when too good for Big Country in a course-and-distance Listed contest just before Christmas.
That means John Gosden’s ace has to carry a 3lbs penalty but I’m not worried about the extra weight. It’s not hard to imagine him holding his own in Group 2 races in the summer so he could easily be head and shoulders above today’s rivals.
Big Country is 8lbs better off compared with his second behind Wissahickon in December. That gives him claims on the book but I’m not convinced it will make much difference.
The fact Mick Appleby’s hope looks the forecast bet once again underlines how dominant Wissahickon looks.
Chiefofchiefs came from the rear to win a three-way finish over 1m at Kempton last month. That form is well short of what’s required today and he faces an extra two furlongs today.
Court House – a stablemate of my fancy – won a two-horse race over 1m4f last time out. Some of his form entitles him to respect but he’ll do well to topple Wissahickon.
French raider In The Lope is another interesting runner having won a Deauville handicap on the all-weather in December.
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NICKY HENDERSON will be praying Sandown doesn’t fall to the weather and put his ‘Plan A’ for Champion Hurdler BUVEUR D’AIR in jeopardy.
This is the race JP McManus’ ace has used before going on to triumph at Cheltenham and it wouldn’t be ideal if he were to miss out on his usual prep, especially as he suffered his first defeat in a dozen races in the Christmas Hurdle last time out.
His usually pin-point jumping let him down at Kempton on Boxing Day and he was nutted by stablemate Verdana Blue.
It’s hard to see him suffering a second loss as he’s got so much in hand of his rivals today.
Vision Des Flos was brushed aside by Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and he was left trailing by another Henderson runner in Brain Power at Cheltenham in December.
Smart mare Roksana has her first race since runner-up behind top prospect Santini in an Aintree Grade 1 last spring. That was over 3m and she’s unlikely to be sharp enough to get involved today.
De Dollar Man has been chasing recently and bled last time. He has stacks to prove so that leaves Rayvin Black for the forecast spot.
Oliver Sherwood’s veteran hasn’t looked to be enjoying fences recently but his Ascot third behind If The Cap Fits in November shows the spark is still there.
He loves this track and was runner-up in this race in 2016 and 2017. This bold front-runner might well fill that place for a third time.
Lostintranslation won’t be losing us money at SandownPA:Press Association
LOSTINTRANSLATION is speaking my sort of language in the 888Sport Scilly Isles Chase.
He ran well when runner-up behind subsequent Grade 1 winner La Bague Au Roi on his chase debut and he was putting it up to that same rival when losing all chance with a shocking blunder three from home on his next start.
There was nothing wrong with his jumping when bravely battled back to beat Defi Du Seuil in the Dipper Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. The runner-up is weighted to reverse that form but I’m not so sure. He is a strong stayer and will find the stiff finish right up his street.
Defi Du Seuil has done a lot better over fences than I thought he would. His Exeter defeat of Topofthegame and Black Op was decent and his juvenile form proves he’s always had class.
I’m just worried he’ll get outstayed like he did at Cheltenham last time.
Vinndication is a bigger threat. He’s unbeaten in six races for Kim Bailey and his jumping has been good.
Officially the ground will be faster than he’s faced but I’m sure it’s going to be hard work. That would suit this mud lover.
It’s not hard to pick holes in his Ascot success just before Christmas but that’s not a stick he should be beaten with as last season’s Sidney Banks Hurdle win shows he’s got a big engine.
Templegate's TV tips at Sandown and Lingfield
Lingfield 1.45 – MOKARRIS
Lingfield 2.55 – WISSAHICKON
Sandown 1.50 – BUVEUR D’AIR
Sandown 2.25 – LOSTINTRANSLATION
Sandown 3.00 – FOLSOM BLUE
Sandown 3.35 – CLASSIC BEN
MOST of the Irish stars are over at Leopardstown this weekend but Gordon Elliott might still plunder this prize with FOLSOM BLUE.
This strong stayer didn’t have the Welsh National run to suit him when only eighth but his close fourth in last year’s Irish National shows he’s still got plenty of ability.
He was fourth behind Topofthegame in this race 12 months ago and is now 4lbs lower in the weights and there’s a fair chance this will turn into a slog. If that happens he’s the one I want to be on.
Ballymoy has been tremendous over the last year. His only defeat in his last seven races came when fourth behind Champion Hurdle hope Global Citizen over 2m.
Last month’s Ascot win was very good and a 5lbs won’t be enough to stop him at some point. The step up to 3m isn’t a major concern but when it’s combined with cloying ground and top weight it does point to this being a really hefty task.
Keeper Hill looked a cracking prospect a few years ago but he seemed to lose his confidence over fences. Last month’s Warwick win came without much fuss and he’s still well weighted. I’m just concerned that the ground could turn dreadfully sticky and that might blunt his class.
Casko D’Airy tends to pull a bit in the early stages. It didn’t stop him winning impressively at Ascot just before Christmas in a race that’s worked out well. He’s shot up a stone for that and dips into a much tougher grade so he will need to calm down.
Padleyourowncanoe is another who takes a bit of a grip. That’s not ideal for a horse stepping up in distance. Seeing the distance out is also Imperial Cup hero Mr Antolini’s main problem.
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CLASSIC BEN could cause a big shock in the 888Sport Master Chase.
He wasn’t a bad hurdler but always looked likely to do better over fences. After taking a while to get the hang of chasing he took a step in the right direction when third at Doncaster over Christmas.
The ground would have been fast enough for him that day so today’s softer conditions could easily see him continue to progress.
Belami Des Pictons is an incredibly interesting runner. He’s won three of his five races over fences and chased home top-class Waiting Patiently at Carlisle when last seen.
That was 14 months ago but it’s easy to expect him to be fit enough today with Venetia Williams’ team going so well. The handicapper has given him a real chance.
Give Me A Copper is another having his first run of the season. He’s clearly had his problems but his haul of four wins from six starts is obviously decent. I just can’t see how he gets just a pound from Belami Des Pictons when he’s achieved nothing like what the top weight has.
Ami Desbois has been in decent form recently and his trainer Graeme McPherson has been firing in the winners.
There was a lot to like about his front-running fourth at Haydock over Christmas but he’s likely to have plenty of competition for the lead.
Houblon Des Obeaux – a stablemate of Belami Des Pictons – is one of those.
He bolted up in a course-and-distance veterans’ race last month but the handicapper was clearly watching. Up 9lbs and against younger horses he will find it tougher.
1.00 Orchid Star
1.35 Cape Greco
2.10 Harry Callahan
2.45 Amor Kethley
3.20 Dynamo Walt
3.55 Come On Tier
4.45 Lion Hearted
6.15 Yimkin (nap)
7.45 Emerald Rocket
12.35 Port Of Leith
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2.20 National Glory
3.30 Mundersfield (nb)
12.40 Jaytrack Parkhomes
1.15 Red Mix
1.50 Buveur D’Air
3.00 Folsom Blue (treble)
3.35 Classic Ben