Tuesday 23 January 2018

Take Geraghty's Strawberry hint

Sandown's card closes with three handicaps which few of the runners approach in the best of form. Lough Derg's presence in the Handicap Hurdle (3.10) consigns six of the 14 declared to run from out of the weights.

Nicky Henderson's Erzen gets in with the minimum impost but Barry Geraghty is aboard Strawberry despite her abject recent showing at Ascot. The hint should be taken.

While Exmoor Ranger can take liberties with his fences, the same is true of many of his opponents in the Masters Handicap Chase (3.40). His appeal lies in his progressive profile. And Consigliere, who showed up well over hurdles last time, can successfully revert to fences in the concluding Handicap Chase (4.15) over two miles.

Irish Independent

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