Sunday 11 December 2016

Craiglands just the tonic for Williams

Published 12/03/2011 | 09:52

In Wayward Prince, Ian Williams has a live candidate for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham next week. Wayward Prince is unbeaten on three starts over fences and his trainer can receive a pre-race tonic, courtesy of Craiglands in the last at Sandown (4.40) this afternoon.

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Williams appears to have transformed Craiglands since the horse turned up at his stables in November. First-time blinkers almost saw him make a winning start over this course last month, when he might have prevailed but for being squeezed out approaching the final fence in a three-mile chase. The headgear is again in place and the nine-year-old will be suited by this drop in trip.

Also at Sandown, Blenheim Brook is worth an interest in the ultra-competitive EBF Hurdle Final (1.55). This one thrived when sent over today's trip at Musselburgh last time, and his northern trainer, who is more than able, rarely travels south for the joyride alone.

And finally, a chance is taken with Mintiverdi in the final of the EBF Mares' bumper (3.35). With so many lightly-raced types, the form of this 21-runner heat is hard to weigh up. The selection, for her part, has done everything asked of her in two runs to date. She can take this rise in class within her ample stride.

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