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The first weekend of February always brings fascinating Cheltenham antepost shakeups during the Dublin Racing Festival and compelling betting propositions at Sandown for the Grade 1 Scilly Isles card.

I’ve landed on 3 selections at Sandown.

1.25 Sandown – Virgin Bet Daily Price Boosts Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m4f


Onethreefivenotout is a massive eyecatcher in the formbook. A winner on debut over hurdles in 2021, the Milan gelding was pulled up on seasonal return but ran a creditable second behind Sam Thomas’ 130 rated Lump Sum at Wincanton in December when he narrowly went down by a length. The pair strikingly pulled 14 lengths clear of third.

Subsequently, Lump Sum ran an impressive 2nd in Doncaster’s Grade 2 Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle last week and seriously made Jeriko Du Reponet, who went into the race a single figure price for the Supreme, work for his 4/6 victory.

Most recently, Onethreefivenotout was pushed along early entering the Kempton home straight and jumped the last with a massive deficit to the leader but picked up creditably and hit the line in an eyecatching manor.

The third from that race has won since at Huntingdon for Graeme McPherson’s new operation and the step up in trip on Saturday surely won’t be an issue on good to soft given the way he’s hit the line previously.

I earnestly think there’s plenty of room in a mark of 118 when you consider the aforementioned mark that Lump Sum is now on. Pilot Harry Cobden couldn’t be in much better form with 6 winners from 13 rides so far this week and trainer Paul Nichols had a tangibly better January than years gone by.

2.00 Sandown – Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m


Saint Segal is such a lovable talented horse who seems to always give it his all and is my selection in the big handicap chase. He’s hit the frame in 8 out of his 13 career efforts and his genuineness is one of the many reasons that makes him an appealing bet to me.

It feels like he’s been around for ages in these big handicap chases over the minimum trip but he’s only 6 years of age and I believe he ran a career-best most recently at Lingfield during the Winter Million meeting when narrowly going down to Kim Bailey’s Grade 1 winner First Flow.

David Bass on the winner had first run on him throughout the race and David Noonan arguably rode Saint Segal slightly too confidently approaching the final two fences but he hit the line the best out of the field and there was plenty still left in the tank.

Prior to that brilliant run, he had the race at his mercy in a hot handicap chase at Ascot when he was surely trading as favourite in play when clear by a length approaching the last but stumbled on landing despite a flawless leap.

The drying ground won’t be a concern in the slightest and you always get a run for your money with Saint Segal who I think is an underestimated horse off 139 and I’ll take 9/4.

3.10 Sandown – Virgin Bet Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Class 1) 2m7½f


From one Saint to another, Saint Davy is my idea of the winner here and 9/1 might just be too big for arguably the most unexposed horse in this field.

He struck by 8 lengths in an Irish point and made impressive winning efforts in a bumper and a maiden hurdle before being handed the 33/1 assignment of the Grade 1 Sefton at Aintree when finishing an understandable 9th. That race is his only defeat under rules and he’s since won this season on handicap debut off a mark of 124 and it was a lot more cozy than the winning margin of 1.5L suggests.

He did everything wrong that day including a shuddering mistake at the last which certainly cost him a few lengths but left an impression when he stayed on stoutly to beat Emitom and there could still room in his unexposed mark of 130.

Topofthegame won this race before ending up a Grade 1 winner over fences and this might just be the beginning of a special campaign for Saint Davy.

His main danger for me is the legendary Transmission who won despite a famous mistake and subsequent recovery by Joe Anderson at Plumpton. The must-watch error at the 6th cost him countless lengths and he surely won easier than a 5lb rise suggests.

Talking of Davy, be sure to read Davy Russell’s exclusive blog analysing Saturday’s Grade 1 card at Leopardstown HERE


BACK Onethreefivenotout to win the 1.25 at Sandown 2pts at 10/3 (⭐


BACK Saint Segal to win the 2.00 at Sandown 2pts at 9/4 (⭐


BACK Saint Davy to win the 3.10 at Sandown 2pts at 8/1 (⭐



PROFIT/LOSS (FEB 2024): +3.50 points




Author: Eugene Morris