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Fancy your chances of beating our resident racing expert Andy Holding and giving yourself a chance of winning two tickets to a meeting of your choice and a £50 free bet?It's easy, all you have to do is comment on our Facebook post with your selection for each race at Sandown this afternoon (win only) along with the hashtag #BeatTheExpert.
From your selections you must choose a NAP. Points will be calculated using the SP with your NAP gaining double points. For example: a 2/1 winner would score +2 points and if it was your NAP you would score +4 points.
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Andy's Sandown selections:
2.00 HER TERMS
Showed bright speed and travelled like the best horse at Lingfield on her second start, only to get tired in the rain-softened ground over six furlongs. Back over the minimum trip and on a quicker terrain, she has a good opportunity to get off the mark from her favoured inside draw. Second favourite Blue Suede is poorly drawn so the danger looks to be Night Law who raced too keenly last time.
2.30 ST MICHEL (NAP)
As expected, St Michel took the step up in trip at Beverley last time firmly in his stride and, in-keeping with many former inmates from his stable, Sir Prescott’s charge looks set to run up a bit of a sequence now he appears to have found his niche. Prior to that romp at the Yorkshire venue, the son of Sea The Stars had found the combination of soft ground and the progressive force in the shape of Emperor Napoleon a bridge too far at Bath, but given that the conditions at today’s track are likely to be riding on the quick side, everything looks set fair for him to strut his stuff again.
Paulownia bumped into a smart juvenile first time out at Newmarket but made no mistake at Ascot last time and is fancied to take this step up in class in her stride. An uncomplicated type, Richard Hannon's filly has the speed figure to match her raw ability and, having proven herself over a stiff 7f, today's track should play into her strengths.
3.40 JUST POUR NOUS
0-7 in handicaps, Just Pour Nous is becoming a little expensive to follow, but he can be afforded one more chance having caught the eye with his latest performance at Ripon. Staying on strongly from an unpromising position, Mark Johnston's inmate just narrowly failed to overhaul the progressive Town's History last on, but with the pair well clear of the rest, the effort has to go down as one of best in recent times.
Jimenez has been running to a fair standard despite not managing to win a race in six starts, but today's drop into class 5 company might give him the sort respite he needs to finally get his head in front. His two placed efforts behind the likes of Chelsea Lad and Staunch give him a better chance here than his odds imply and, with cheekpieces on for the first time, the headgear just might also give him the sort of motivation he needs to get the job done.
Tripartite has improved significantly since being stepped up in trip this season and this looks a decent chance for him to add to the sole success he registered at Doncaster on his seasonal reappearance. Although beaten on his follow-up bid at Newbury, he still ran to a decent standard and, with the likes of Golden Wedding and Pacolita winning subsequently, the form of the race looks solid.