Updated: Mar 12, 2022
As usual we have our weekend preview for you with the action this week coming from Sandown, Hereford and Ayr. We've also got all weather racing from Lingfield and Wolverhampton plus the evening meet under the lights which comes from Kempton.
Our man #OddsKnows once again takes a look at the best of all the action here for you on The Cheeky Punts.
First up its Sandown and the money back race at 1.50pm where Skybet this week go money back all the way down to 5th. This does look a pretty open looking race but the one I like here is Thunder Rock for the Murphy yard. Adrian Heskin takes the mount. Our charge here has looked good when rattling up a hat-trick of wins and looks like he should go well again here. Another I do like in this and rate as a big danger is Peejaybee, a previous winner that I have followed and he could be worth a punt at around 10/1
On to the big one of the day in the 2.25pm and the Imperial Cup. Skybet are paying 7 places on this so I do have a few each way plays on this as well but more on those later. Looking for the winner and I am hoping we can strike lucky with Lucky One for the Skeltons. Trainer Dan Skelton won this last year and could have another here with this ex Paul Nicholls recruit. He has fallen to a very good looking mark here and ran well at a huge price last time out, chasing home the smart Good Risk At All & Christopher Wood. This is a big field so 5/1 is a bit short so maybe have a shop around if like me you are going for the win market on this one. The last from me here at Sandown is in the 4.45pm and the favourite here, Nocte Volatus, does look solid but I'm going to take him with the Seamus Mullins runner Mahlers Promise. He looks a sound jumper and should handle conditions but I am hoping it stays relatively dry for the day as I wouldn't want it getting to heavy. 11/2 does look a tempting price so I'll have a bit of that today for the lucky last at Sandown
Up to Ayr and I am going to give Ned Tanner another chance here after a decent looking 3rd LTO but I'm hoping our charge here can run up with the pace a bit more having run over further in recent races. Hopefully that extra stamina will prove very handy here.
On to the 3.55pm for what is now just a 5 runner affair and a very open looking race with little to split them in the betting. The one I am going with those is a previous winner up at Ayr in the shape of Strong Economy who actually won twice here last season, including over todays trip. He looks on a good mark again now and back up ay Ayr I reckon he has a great chance here to get home in front and land us the money at around 3/1
Update - Oot Ma Way is non runner for the 4.30pm now
Just a couple of pics at Hereford and a bit of a punt here in the 2.31pm with Milan Bridge in the colours of the late, great Trevor Hemmings. Our charge here could be pretty well treated on an opening mark of 119 having finished 4th LTO following a win on his debut over hurdles. There is a bit of a question mark over his stamina for this 3m1f trip but interestingly trainer Paul Nicholls has chose to send him here instead of a spin at Plumpton over shorter (2m4f). So if the maestro is happy to go for this, I'm happy to back him too at around 11/4
The second of my picks is in the 3.06pm and I am going to take another more risky punt here on the top weight Keep Rolling. He looks a bit of a quirky sort so may not be the most straightforward but he did beat a subsequent winner in January and trainer Philip Hobbs has just the one runner here, and he does have a decent strike rate when sending just the one to a track. Ben Jones takes the ride and he's a jockey I do like on these types of courses so I'm will to take the punt at around 11/2
The Each Way plays
Back to the Imperial Cup and with the extra places on offer I really like the look of Transatlantic at 20/1 each way. It is a handicap debut for the Moores but he looked useful in France so could be worth a little play here. And the second is a runner from The Owners Group (who also have Hacker Des Places) in the shape of top weight Miranda. She was pretty disappointing last time out when a big favourite but the Nicholls yard is in much better form now and 33/1 looks a big price to me for a horse that was favourite for a G2!
The All Weathers
Lingfield & Wolverhampton
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