Might Bite set to launch Gold Cup bid – Sandown 12/11/2017
The feature race at Sandown Park on Sunday is the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at 2.20.
Might Bite favourite for Sandown feature race
Nicky Henderson saddles Might Bite, the winner of the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March. The eight-year-old son of Scorpion would have won his last five chases but for a fall at Kempton. He was well clear when falling at Kempton last Christmas.
Might Bite made amends with a 30 lengths victory at Doncaster before a dramatic victory at the Cheltenham Festival. He was well clear turning for home in the RSA Chase but began to idle and hang in the closing stages. He looked certain to be reeled in by stable companion Whisper but responded gamely to win by a nose.
The pair met again at Aintree and this time Might Bite had two lengths to spare. He likes to bowl along in front with a clear sight of his fences. Henderson must surely be aiming him at the Gold Cup in March and this should be a fairly comfortable introduction.
Nicholls saddles two at Sandown
Paul Nicholls saddles Frodon, a five-year-old gelding by Nickname. Despite his age, the French-bred is an experienced chaser with six wins from eleven races. Frodon was very progressive last season but his best form is over two and a half miles. His only previous attempt at three miles ended with a tired fall at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Stable companion As De Mee looks a bigger threat, the recent winner of a handicap chase at Kelso. He does tend to race with his head high in the closing stages but seems totally genuine. He ran on too strongly for Wakanda to win by seven lengths.
As De Mee won the Grand Sefton Chase at Aintree last December and ran well in the Topham. It would be no surprise to see him return to Liverpool next month. Harry Cobden rides As De Mee with Sam Twiston-Davies aboard Frodon.
The field is completed by Label Des Obeaux, trained by Alan King and ridden by Wayne Hutchinson. He is a six-year-old French import and was useful over hurdles. He should be sharper for his run behind Rock The Kasbah at Chepstow last month. That was his first run since winning narrowly at Ayr in April.
Sandown Betting Tips 12/11/2017
2.20 Might Bite @Ladbrokes