Advice and analysis of the weather form for Sandown and Lingfield on Saturday
Timeform reveals the Ratings Banker, the Big Improver and a âflagâ to note at Sandown and Lingfield on Saturday.
The ratings banker
Aso – 15:00 Sandown
Constitution Hill is at least 10 pounds ahead of his rivals in the Tolworth Hurdle and is understandably a longtime favorite. However, a higher priced one on the Sandown card that also has strong number claims is ASO in the hunt for veteran handicap.
12-year-old Aso may not be as good as he used to be – he’s finished twice in the Ryanair Chase – but he showed Haydock the last time he maintains a smart skill level and is a cut above most of the horses which pursues the competition’s veterans.
Aso had to settle for second place on that first start in a veterans chase, but it felt like a solid race of his type and there was no shame he only found a revitalized Blaklion. too good.
Aso is at least 3 pounds ahead of the head of Timeform’s weight adjusted odds here and it looks like a great opportunity for him to record his first success since New Years Day in 2019.
The Great Improver
Hermes Boy – 15:35 Sandown Park
HERMES BOY was a great eye-catcher on his hurdles debut at Worcester, where he finished strong in second behind second-year winner I Like To Move It.
Hermes Boy then fell short of expectations when he was just a runner-up on his next outing to Bangor, although he was sent off as a favorite but came back on the rise in Exeter last time around, scoring ready by two and three-quarter lengths.
Hermes Boy had more in hand than this margin would suggest and he appears to have received a good opening handicap rating. He has the right to improve even further after just three starts – he still has the Timeform ‘p’ attached to his score – and he can take another step forward.
The Time Shape Flag
Kodi Gold – 13:10 Lingfield (Horse In Focus, Section Flag, Top-Rated)
KODI GOLD looked unlucky not to win when a quick second here on new years eve.
The patiently ridden Kodi Gold still had a long way to go as it spun down the straight, but it came home in eye-catching style, registering a particularly quick closing section as it neared a half. -length of the winner.
This effort earned Kodi Gold the Horse focus flag, identifying it as worthy of a close look next time around, and it remains on a high note after gaining just 1lb in weights. He can get some compensation for last week’s unfortunate loss.
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