CALL ME LORD (2.25) can provide Nicky Henderson with the perfect launchpad for Cheltenham by landing the Imperial Cup at Sandown.

The top weight clearly has no easy task but he has shown a distinct like for the Esher circuit, scoring emphatically on two previous visits.

Still only a five-year-old, Call Me Lord also acquitted himself well in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton, chasing home Elgin and Ch’Tibello. With Cliffs Of Dover setting a breakneck pace before folding, it was something of a messy event and Call Me Lord didn’t find much cover through most of the race.

Hendo also saddles favourite Whatswrongwithyou and this one doesn’t look overburdened for his victory over stablemate Ok Corral at Newbury. He returned to the track last month to whip Rockpoint by nine lengths but the runner-up was beaten 30 lengths behind Global Citizen at Kempton a fortnight ago which is a slight worry.

Evan Williams’s Silver Streak made an early exit in the Betfair Hurdle but his second to Hunters Call at Ascot before Christmas entitles him to plenty of respect.

MELROSE BOY (1.50) has proved a tad disappointing but the return to 2m 4f could trigger another victory.

He handled Sandown well enough when third to Topofthegame and Golan Fortune in a Grade 3 over three miles, after sauntering to a 50 lengths success in an egg and spoon race at Fontwell.

Melrose Boy posted another creditable effort when third to Mr Whipped and Gowiththeflow at Newbury in December and despite being nudged up 2lb for his latest placed effort, he wins a narrow vote.

SHANROE SANTOS (3.35) bids to repeat last year’s triumph in the 3m handicap chase.

He races off a 9lb higher mark this time following a 13 lengths victory at Carlisle last time out but Lucy Wadham’s gelding goes well in the mud.

The Listed mares’ bumper is sandwiched in the middle of the card and DUHALLOW GESTURE (3.00) made a favourable impression when beating Diamond Gait fairly comfortably at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.

Aimee De Sivola receives the four-year-old allowance and this Newbury winner should go well, with Richard Johnson replacing Lizzie Kelly.

The Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton is a reminder that the turf Flat season is just around the corner and CONSTANTINO (2.05) may follow-up last Saturday’s cosy win over in-form Humbert at Lingfield.

Richard Fahey’s blinkered gelding travelled strongly in behind the pacesetters and a 3lb rise is very fair. Constantino has yet to race on the Wolverhampton Tapeta surface but he has some solid form at Newcastle which offers encouragement that he could develop into a very good all-weather handicapper.

Recommended Bets

  • Sandown 2.25 – Call Me Lord (7-1, bet365)
  • Sandown 1.50 – Melrose Boy (10-1, Ladbrokes)
  • Sandown 3.00 – Duhallow Gesture (4-1, bet365)
  • Sandown 3.35 – Shanroe Santos (11-4, Paddy Power)
  • Wolverhampton 2.05 – Constantino (11-2, William Hill)

Johnb's Saturday Tips

  • Wolverhampton 2.05 – Mythical Madness (16-1, Sky Bet) eachway 1/5 odds 1-2-3-4
  • Sandown 2.25 – whatswrongwithyou (4-1, Sky Bet) NAP
  • Gowran Park 3.05 – Robin Des Mana (9-2, Ladbrokes)
  • Sandown 3.35 – Fourth Act (11-2, BetVictorNB
18 Comments
  1. duncanpoundcake 7 months ago

    Anyone used AlanBrazil’s Sportnation.bet ? seems like a decent Cheltenham sign up offer(bet £25 get a£2.50 bet on every race) but some horrible reviews out there

  2. Johnb 7 months ago

    Halftime 0-0
    Hibernian are 11/4 to score over 1.5 goals

    • 7 months ago

      My views have disapeered today

      • Johnb 7 months ago

        I haven’t been on and don’t know, you will have to ask admin or mr f

      • Mr Fixit 7 months ago

        Every time you mention busstop your comment will be deleted. Leave the guy out of your conversations please.

        • database 7 months ago

          You are boring jynx, ridiculing busstop daily, the guy mustve cost you a pretty penny for you to have such an issue. The fact you are playing dumb is pityful.

          • recoba 7 months ago

            Aye Database he pobably put £20 on one of Busstops losing tips and is still ragin!?

            • recoba 7 months ago

              Ravens Corner…1.45 7/1 Ew Meydan

              Set a course record last time out and won by 7l over 7F,drops to 6F today but coming out of stall 13.

              Gl all

              • elvis parsley 7 months ago

                Sunday nap
                Galway jack 5-00 warwick 3-1.

                Jack is 13 and hope he does a Pete the feat and wins for the old brigade.
                Favourite barrankilla holds Persian snow on previous h2h.
                Jack beat barrankilla a couple of years back by 3 lengths
                There is a 6 pound swing for barrankilla today but jacks claimer takes 5 pound back
                Maybe the odds are too far apart today
                Barrankilla 10-11
                Galway jack 3-1
                as they should finish together in theory.
                And jack is one of those horses who has served me well down the years (sentiment I guess).

  3. Johnb 7 months ago

    Wolverhampton
    2:05 – Mythical Madness 16/1 skybet eachway 1/5 odds 1-2-3-4

    Sandown
    2:25 – whatswrongwithyou 4/1 skybet NAP

    Gowran Park
    3:05 – Robin Des Mana 9/2 ladbrokes

    Sandown
    3:35 – Fourth Act 11/2 betvictor NB

  4. tipsultan 7 months ago

    AYR
    3.55- LOCHNEL- 8/1

    sandown
    4.45- Cklaco Des Loges- 12/1

    Chelmsford
    5.45- Dukes meadow- 10/1

  5. ew thief 7 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Sams gunner 1.50s 16/1
    Pactolus 2.05w 8/1
    Fidux 2.25s 12/1
    Summer icon 3.15w 25/1
    Nautical haven 4.25w 10/1
    Teds brother 5.45c 12/1
    Lazarus 8.45c 22/1
    Ew singles & ew super Heinz gl all

  6. de niro 7 months ago

    Sandown
    13-20 Born Legend 7/1 Nap
    ladbrokes

    14-25 Highway One O One 16/1 ladbrokes

    Wolverhampton
    14-05
    DRAGON MALL 12/1 sporting bet Nb

    Good luck everyone today ?

  7. database 7 months ago

    Reallly bad day, started with failing to put up a winning doubke on here, preceded by wanting to back 5 winners but not, followed by all my big bets losing and all my £4s winning. Topped off with not backing my man STD with crievehill, went to save the day with £50 on tipsultans dukes meadow, only for that to blow the start. Cheltenham funds gone :D

  8. duncanpoundcake 7 months ago

    Gordon Elliott says there is NO DECISION made on where Samcro goes just yet, Elliott and O’Leary will walk the track tomorrow after heavy rain earlier today!
    Keeping his cards close to his chest there…
    14/1 Mr Carpet

  9. duncanpoundcake 7 months ago

    20 declared for the Supreme ,No Samcro ,was worth a punt ,nothing lost GL

  10. frankel 7 months ago

    2.00 M R first drift@13/8,3.35 M R iskabeg lane@9/4,5.30 Warwick Melchior king@9/2.

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