Lots of favourites and a few outsiders. Baz looks at #Sandownraces #Lingfieldraces #dublinfestival

225 Sandown Scilly Isles Chase

Well the temptation to go for the favourite has been resisted with LOSTINTRANSLATION really impressing last time out and tipped to bring it home again. The latter has only really impressed at Ascot and the all round test today is into unknown territory and not for me at 11/8 or less.

300 Sandown Hero’s Hurdle

This is one of those races where there are six or seven with chances and I have to admit my heart skipped a beat when looking at the weights as FLEMCARA is extremely well handicapped when considering the form line against Eminent Poet and the also fancied Folsom Blue. The Lavelle/Coleman thing seems to be gathering pace and at 12/1 at time of writing he is taken to beat the improving Keeper’s Hill who could be anything since returning well from a spine operation.

Dublin Festival Day

Main fancies here include APPLE’S JADE in the Champion Hurdle at 1325 and LE RICHBOURG in the Frank Ward at 1545. Also an outside bet on the old timer JEZKI in the 1400 as he has a 7lb claimer on and back in the day (a very long time ago hence 33-1) won some huge races in Ireland. Wonder Laish is a serious contender as fave but seems to have drifted.

Lingfield Winter Derby Day

Looks like a favourites double at Lingfield with KACHY taken to retain his Cleeve Stakes crown at 1345 and later on Frankie Dettori and Richard Hannon run the much fancied WISSAHICKON in the Winter Derby Trial at 1455.

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