MONTJENI (8.15) comes with a risk factor built in at Sandown but is worth a bet in the 1m 6f handicap.
Ian Williams is a dab hand at training stayers and his latest triumph in that sphere came with Reshoun a couple of days ago at Newbury. Montjeni is often his own worst enemy as he can take a strong pull. Bearing that in mind, his best form has come when there is a strong pace to sit off. Alan King's Fibonacci usually front-runs so it shouldn't be a crawl and unless they have over-watered, Montjeni will get the fast ground he enjoys.
VOI (5.35) is an each-way punt earlier on the card. Her trainer Conrad Allen famously saddled the first all-weather winner in Britain when Niklas Angel landed the 11.00 race (yes, 11 o’clock in the morning), a one-mile claimer, at Lingfield on October 30, 1989.
Having backed the winner, my recall of Richard Quinn booting his blinkered mount clear off the final bend remains crystal clear and I’m hopeful Voi can roll back the years in the Surbiton Handicap.
She was denied a clear run through the final two furlongs at Yarmouth but wasn’t beaten far in the end. Although Voi holds no secrets from the handicapper, Allen has booked 5lb claimer William Carver and the stiff uphill finish should suit his hold-up performer.
It has been a brilliant month for Roger Teal and at Chepstow GERT LUSH (3.15) can build on his Newmarket success when given a polished ride by 5lb apprentice Marco Ghiani.
It is good to welcome back Perth and bet365 seem out of line at 4-1 PETRASTAR (4.10) in the opener. He wasn't a bad sort for Clive Cox on the Flat and scored by a wide margin on hurdling debut at Huntingdon. The top weight can defy a fixed penalty if fully tuned up.
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