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Sandown Racing Tips: L’Homme Presse is hard to oppose

Timeform’s Adam Houghton highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each Way selection at Sandown on Saturday.

“L’Homme Presse rates a confident selection to maintain his unbeaten record over fences for Venetia Williams, who is seeking her first Grade 1 success since Golden Goal won this very race in 2002.”

NAP: L’Homme Presse looks a top prospect

L’Homme Presse – 14:20 Sandown

L’Homme Presse continued his excellent start over fences with an impressive victory in the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, producing another powerful display from the front to win by 10 lengths with plenty in hand. That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, while the small ‘p’ attached to his rating denotes that he is likely to progress further. Therefore, L’Homme Presse rates a confident selection to maintain his unbeaten record over fences for Venetia Williams, who is seeking her first Grade 1 success since Golden Goal won this very race in 2002.

NEXT BEST: Farinet can follow up from last time

Farinet – 15:30 Sandown

Farinet resumed his progress with a decisive victory at this course four weeks ago, seeming well suited by the return to more positive tactics. He was always prominent and the result was never really in any doubt in the straight as he steadily drew clear, ultimately winning by five and a half lengths in the style of a horse who should have more to offer. A 6 lb rise in the weights is unlikely to prove beyond Farinet and his strength at the finish last time suggests the step up to three miles won’t be an issue either. Another high-profile runner on the card for Venetia Williams, Farinet is fancied to go in again at a track which clearly plays to his strengths (two from two at Sandown).

EACH-WAY: Ree Okka holds obvious claims

Ree Okka – 14:55 Sandown

Ree Okka looked a class apart from his rivals when easily defying a penalty in a novice hurdle at Kempton three weeks ago, hitting the front before the second last and quickly asserting from there to win by six lengths. Trained by Harry Fry, Ree Okka now makes the switch to handicaps and he will command plenty of respect from an opening BHA mark of 130. After all, that looks potentially lenient judged on what Ree Okka has already achieved in three starts over hurdles and his unexposed profile suggests he could yet have a bigger effort in the locker.

Saturday 5 February, 2.20pm

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Lhomme Presse

Pic Dorhy

Mister Coffey

Fugitif

Gladiateur Allen

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Saturday 5 February, 2.55pm

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Ree Okka

Beauport

Green Book

Jesuitique

Dans Le Vent

Dolphin Square

Born Patriot

Orbys Legend

Call Me Lord

Onagatheringstorm

Flemcara

Ask Dillon

The Brimming Water

Padleyourowncanoe

If The Cap Fits

The Cob

Easysland

Garo De Juilley

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Saturday 5 February, 3.30pm

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Five Star Getaway

Farinet

Linelee King

Le Milos

Undersupervision

Deise Aba

Kapcorse

Real Steel

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