12.05 - Betfair Free Bet On The 1.50 Introductory Juvenile Hurdle (2m)
Paros represents the champion trainer and scored over hurdles in France in May (2m, soft) before making the move to Seven Barrows. That form has since been advertised, though it is still hard to quantify just exactly what it represents. Given his connections and that win, it's not a major surprise to find that Paros is odds-on to make a winning start on British soil and, equally, it won't be any shock if he achieves it.
With eight runners, it might pay to look for something to make the frame instead for betting purposes.
The Worthy Brat and Phoenix Aquilus are likely sorts with promise but Gary Moore saddles interesting French imports ROYAUME UNI and Hudson De Grugy in a race he used as a stepping stone for Goshen last season.
Josh Moore rides the last-named, from the family of the yard's multiple Grade 1-winning two-mile chaser Sire De Grugy, but preference on jockey bookings seem to be for Royaume Uni, a winner on the level in France for Andre Fabre at 1m6½f on soft ground and could prove himself a decent recruit for a yard that does well with such types. He could easily be capable of grabbing a chunk of the prizemoney in the Sandown opener.
12.40 - My Oddsboost On Betfair 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (2m)
GRAND MOGUL made light of a 300-day absence when justifying market support to win a Chepstow maiden hurdle (2m3½f, soft) in late October and he has since shaped with plenty promise in a Grade 2 event at Cheltenham's November Meeting over 2m5f when he suffered his share of ill-luck in running when finishing fifth. He sets a solid standard and it will be a shock if he's turned over.
Pride Of Pemberley missed three years prior to his Fontwell hurdles bow in October and it showed. He has run with more purpose since on heavy ground at Plumpton but still has lots to find to be winning this.
Golden Boy Grey and Mickyh are both appearing on a racecourse for the first time. They'll need to be well above average to score, though Gary Moore's ?43,000 purchase makes some appeal on paper and may take second prize.
13.15 - Read Paul Nicholls On betting.betfair Novices' Handicap Hurdle (2m)
It was an above average Cheltenham handicap that Chasamax went close in three weeks ago and he should make a bold bid as champion trainer Nicky Henderson continues to hold strong hands in the opening three races at Sandown.
Nico de Boinville's mount jumped into the lead at the final obstacle and was eventually touched off into third spot in a tough three-way scrap up the Cheltenham hill. He's been a raised a reasonable 3lb for that showing, form which has been advertised by decisive wins for two of the horses that finished behind him since.
He's got claims but so, too, does Gary Moore's FIFTY BALL after a winning handicap debut at Ascot (2m3½f, good to soft) in late October.
The French import had twice shown promise around Fontwell before that outing and he travelled very strongly through the race under Niall Houlihan. He didn't get the final two flights spot on, and he might well have thrown in the towel when Straw Fan Jack eyeballed him up the run in but, in reality, Fifty Ball welcomed the challenge and pulled out some extra to win by a narrow margin.
He's been raised 7lb and drops in trip, but his attitude there was very pleasing and there should be plenty more to come from him. He's one to follow.
Frenchy Du Large had no answer to the winner Paddys Motorbike at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago but another positive showing on his second start over timber and there should be more forthcoming from him now entered into handicaps.
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1.50 - Planteur At Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1, 2m)
A Grade 1 novice over two-miles and this has the potential to be a real humdinger of a race as you can give any of the sextet valid claims.
Paul Nicholls has won it four times in the previous decade and fires a pair at the prize in Hitman and Tamaroc Du Mathan.
The first-named impressed on his first start for Team Ditcheat after arriving from France, but he had only one finisher behind him and this is a whole lot tougher.
Similarly, Tamaroc Du Mathan must build significantly on his winning start over fences at Wincanton. Harry Cobden opts to partner Hitman, with Nico de Boinville picking up the spare ride on Tamaroc Du Mathan.
Eldorado Allen is 2-2 over fences but Colin Tizzard's charge might not have that boast bar a late fall from Gumball at Cheltenham three weeks ago. He is however proving very assured over the obstacles and that can count for plenty as any chinks will be ruthlessly exposed given how this race is likely to be run.
Harry Fry's Phoenix Way illustrated the old 'outsider of three' adage remains viable when winning at Warwick last month but will again be relatively unwanted in the market now.
Which leaves Allmankind and GA LAW. Dan Skelton's four-year-old made a perfect start to his chasing career at Warwick (2m, good) last month and comes into this with fine prospects of adding to last seasons' Grade 1 hurdles success. He'll have his mettle tested however by the front-running antics of Ga Law for Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan.
There isn't a lot to him physically but he's been most impressive with his jumping in making it 3-3 over fences this autumn. His style puts pressure on his rivals and he has, thus far, proved fairly relentless in front. He drops to the minimum distance here which asks a question but he seems to have plenty place and may not be done improving just yet.
2.25 - Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1, 2m)
A jewel in the two-mile chasing crown and the Tingle Creek so often delivers on its promise. It certainly did last year when Defi Du Seuil fended off Un De Sceaux and Waiting Patiently in a barnstormer, a race in which Politologue was a distance fifth.
Winner of this race in 2017 (possibly a sub-standard renewal) Paul Nicholls' grey wasn't seen again until Cheltenham in March where he led his Queen Mother Champion Chase rivals a merry dance to become the two-mile kingpin. Harry Cobden has to be complimented for the ride there and it remains to be seen if Politologue can repeat the feat.
Defi Du Seuil was a bitter disappointment that afternoon and his Cheltenham comeback last month suggests maybe the fire no longer burns in him. Of course, the race had been robbed of both Chacun Pour Soi and ALTIOR at the eleventh hour and lost plenty of its lustre as such.
The great Altior was beaten on his comeback last season by Cyrname at Ascot. Nicky Henderson's star tackled a new trip on testing ground against a C&D specialist that afternoon and, in the words of his trainer, was ill-prepared fitness wise for the challenge.
Regrets abounded afterwards around Seven Barrows and the trainer is adamant no such stones will be left unturned for this comeback run. The great champion won the Game Spirit at Newbury in February before missing Cheltenham, illustrating that he retains his ability.
Even allowing for that win, this will be a major relative test at this stage in his career. He's rising 11 now and his perfect 5-5 Sandown record should be severely tested. Even if Politologue can be doubted, his stablemate and recent Haldon Gold Cup winner Greaneteen is an up-and-coming and should be a factor.
So, too, will be fellow six-year-old Rouge Vif for Harry Whittington on the evidence of his Cheltenham success in October. He did that like a Grade 1 chaser in waiting and, if Altior is about to be cornered by the inevitable passage of time, Gavin Sheehan's mount could well be waiting in the wings to grab this prestigious prize.
3.00 - Betfair Exchange Back And Lay London National Handicap Chase (3m4½f)
Seven runners for the London National and no doubting the likes of Cloudy Glen and Classic Ben are major players.
Venetia Williams' charge thrived over a similar distance at Fontwell last month when taking the Southern National in easy fashion. The handicapper has pushed him up 11lb on that score but he's an unexposed seven-year-old in the Trevor Hemmings silks seemingly with a bright future in this sort of arena.
He'll have a favourites' chance in all probability and Classic Ben is worth another go at a marathon trip following a decent comeback at Exeter.
SHANROE SANTOS is going to be a much bigger price in the betting and is worth noting. Lucy Wadham's runner ran well in last year's Southern National on seasonal return / first start following wind surgery - his only attempt at this sort of trip - and comes into this contest with a prep run under his belt this season.
He also finished fourth in this contest two years ago, a stronger renewal in all probability than the one he faces into now and is rated 12lb lower on this return to Sandown. Harry Cobden is an eye-catching jockey booking and they may go close at decent odds.
3.35 - Betfair Exchange December Handicap Hurdle (Listed, 2m)
He came out of the pack over C&D last month like a laser dart to win well in handicap company and MISTER COFFEY is tough to oppose as he attempts the follow-up in Listed class for the Henderson/de Boinville partnership in what they'll be hoping caps a fine afternoon's work at this Esher venue.
His only defeat thus far came when he pulled too hard at Huntingdon in January but he looked a far more matured performer on his return here and the Authorized gelding has scope for plenty more development yet.
Solo enters a handicap for the first time and, despite the burden of top weight, Paul Nicholls' French import is worth monitoring given the early promise he showed after arriving on these shores last season.
Totterdown quickly returns to hurdling having struggled with jumping fences and he has C&D form on soft ground. With Liam Harrison taking off 7lb and a reduced hurdles mark of 139 to bat from, he's one to take note of.