Steve Hughes has picks from two competitive handicaps in Britain on Sunday
As has been the norm of late, jump racing dominates in Britain on Sunday with two of the three fixtures over obstacles. The undoubted highlight is a class 2 chase at Stratford, for which I have an each-way suggestion. I also have a best bet for Redcar’s flat meeting. Billy Ray was placed for the each-way bet on Saturday (advised 18/1).
Stratford 4.10: Dandridge
Yet to win since joining Charlie Longsdon last summer, Dandridge is dangerously well handicapped if recapturing anything like his best form and perhaps first time blinkers can bring about a resurgence.
His form had been solid in 2019 until a poor effort last time at this track when an always behind sixth. However there is clearly still ability there as he was a close third in a better race here in June and in another class 2 at Kempton the previous month.
The ground will continue to dry out here which is a bonus for him and considering he was fourth in the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival just two years ago off a mark fully 20lbs higher, if those blinkers have a positive effect he will surely be thereabouts today.
Redcar 5.15: The Armed Man
The very epitome of consistency, The Armed Man can return to the scene of his April victory and score again from just a 1lb higher mark.
This 6yo really started clicking in 2017 and has since racked up seven wins – six of them coming on fast ground, four at Thirsk and two here including in this race twelve months ago. He has also struck up a great partnership with apprentice Paula Muir who has been on board for all of those wins.
He ran well enough back at Thirsk last time when fourth despite getting stopped in his run and an extra pound of relief from the handicapper might come in useful.
0.75pts each-way – Dandridge – 4.10 Stratford – 6/1 general
1pt win – The Armed Man – 5.15 Redcar – 4/1 general