Tip Of The Day: Bally good bet
It's the first day of the Tingle Creek meeting at Sandown and there's some interesting action to get stuck into.
Ballyandy wins the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last season.
Nothing complicated here. I confidently expect Ballyandy to win as he goes up in trip at Sandown this afternoon.
Like many winners of Cheltenham's Champion Bumper, he appears to lack for nothing in stamina and I'd be fairly sure we'd be seeing him in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at this season's Festival rather than the Sky Bet Supreme.
Yes, he's twice had to settle for defeat over hurdles this season, but I was really taken with his run at Cheltenham last time where he was just undone by the small field and relatively slow pace, losing ground to his rivals two out when the pace suddenly quickened, before coming home strongly up the hill.
I can understand why some would take a fairly sceptical view of the worth of that form, given that less than four lengths covered the first five home, but I still think this is a horse who will do big things as a hurdler later in this campaign and there are a couple of possible pace options in this line-up who ought to ensure the contest is run at a sufficiently good gallop.
Yes, these rivals are no mugs, but they could be more than a stone inferior to Ballyandy when he gets his act together as a hurdler and I think there's a good case for arguing Ballyandy should be odds-on today at a track that should suit and on decent ground we know he appreciates.
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