Timeform shortlist sandown, Saturday March 11

1.20 Matchbook Betting Exchange Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (3) 1m7f216y

Timeform Top Rated:
135 3. ZALVADOS Oliver Greenall Jake Greenall
132 5. DEAUVILLE CRYSTAL Nigel Hawke Ciaran Gethings (3)
131 8. PENSION MADNESS Mark Usher Mr Thomas Greatrex (7)

Analyst’s Verdict:
Zalvados has improved with every start over hurdles so far, and looks leniently treated now handicapping, so can deservedly open his account. Hygrove Percy has already won 3 times this season but could have more to offer, while Deauville Crystal is another handicap debutante to consider.

1.50 European Breeders’ Fund Matchbook VIP ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3) (1) 2m3f173y

Timeform Top Rated:
143p 11. MAN FROM MARS Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly (3)
142p 15. LITHIC Jonjo O’Neill Aidan Coleman
141p 3. FULL IRISH Emma Lavelle Daryl Jacob

Analyst’s Verdict:
A red-hot handicap that can go to Minella Awards, who ran a blinder in a Plumpton contest on his return that has worked out really well. He likely has a lot more to offer now handicapping. Last week’s easy Huntingdon winner Lithic has to be respected under a penalty, while Ramses de Teillee, Cash Again and Full Irish are just a number of others who make appeal.

2.25 Better Odds With Matchbook Handicap Chase (3) 3m37y

Timeform Top Rated:
148+ 8. SHANROE SANTOS Lucy Wadham Leighton Aspell
147x 6. UPSWING Jonjo O’Neill Aidan Coleman
144 2. FOURTH ACT Colin Tizzard Paddy Brennan

Analyst’s Verdict:
Shanroe Santos proved he is still improving when winning in tenacious fashion at Warwick a fortnight ago, and a 4 lb rise may underestimate this relatively lightly-raced 8-y-o. Upswing isn’t the easiest to catch right, but he’s slipped to an appealing mark now, and showed signs of a revival at Kempton last time, so is feared most ahead of last-time-out winner Willoughby Hedge.

3.00 Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 1m7f216y

Timeform Top Rated:
151 1. FIXE LE KAP Nicky Henderson Daryl Jacob
150p 13. NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE Gary Moore Jamie Moore
149+ 5. GASSIN GOLF Kerry Lee Mr Richard Patrick (7)

Analyst’s Verdict:
Hard to call this a vintage Imperial, but Fixe Le Kap has the potential to be a fair bit better than his current mark and is highly unlikely to lack for fitness on return from a year off given his connections. Chieftain’s Choice and William H Bonney can boast solid recent winning handicap form, while Max Do Brazil needs monitoring closely in the betting.

3.35 EBF Stallions/TBA Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat (Listed) (1) 1m7f216y

Timeform Top Rated:
125p 7. PETTICOAT TAILS Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan
124 5. MARTELLO PARK Ms Margaret Mullins Daniel Mullins
123p 8. REDHOTFILLYPEPPERS W. P. Mullins Mr D. H. Dunsdon

Analyst’s Verdict:
Willie Mullins won this in 2015 and can do so again with Redhotfillypeppers, who readily came clear at Punchestown and looks an exciting prospect. Cap Soleil and Petticoat Tails won’t give up their unbeaten records easily.

4.10 Matchbook Betting Podcast Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3) 2½m10y

Timeform Top Rated:
144 1. VICENZO MIO Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
141 4. THE FRESH PRINCE Oliver Sherwood Leighton Aspell
140 5. MAXANISI Evan Williams Adam Wedge

Analyst’s Verdict:
It’s possible all was not well with The Fresh Prince given how tamely he checked out at Wincanton last month, and he’s better judged on the promise of his previous Uttoxeter success in this sphere. Vicenzo Mio stopped rather tamely himself at Kelso but is feared on just his second try over fences, whilst Willie Boy deserves a second look also.

4.45 Matchbook Casino Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (3) 2½m10y

Timeform Top Rated:
144 2. ALCALA Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
143 3. GORES ISLAND Gary Moore William Clarke (10)
141 1. TWENTY EIGHT GUNS Michael Scudamore Tom Scudamore

Analyst’s Verdict:
Gores Island was cruelly denied a much-deserved victory at Kempton 2 weeks ago when crashing out at the final fence. A sound jumper in the main, Gary Moore’s charge may well gain compensation off the same mark here. The progressive Twenty Eight Guns rates the main danger, albeit cases can also be made for Alcala, Dance Floor King and last year’s winner Morning Reggie.