Back-to-lay Freddies Portrait, Kayf Blanco and Caolaneoin
2.30 Gowran Park
Broken Soul has had some bad luck in-running in his last couple of races having being brought down last time out and was badly hampered the time before that by a loose horse. Prior to those two races he made his hurdles debut against the Supreme Novices favourite Melon, finishing 10 lengths behind in second place.
He was held up last time out stepping up in distance but is more likely to take a more prominent role back down to 2 miles. He currently trades around 5.50 for a back-to-lay.
Freddies Portrait has taken really well to fences, and followed up his two second place finishes with a first win under rules. He dropped down to 2 miles, winning last time out, just getting up late on over the shorter distance. This step back up in distance should see he take a more prominent role in the race, and will probably lead again today; he currently trades around 4.10 for a back-to-lay.
Kayf Blanco used to be a really reliable low trader in-running, but his consistency has seen him rise up the handicap despite not winning since November 2015. He was racing off 140 this time last year but has dropped to 135 for today’s race. He is a really strong travelling horse that is usually held up out the back, and could get a good toe in to the race off what is sure to be strong pace. He has a good record here at Sandown and 2 miles on soft ground suits well; he currently trades around 12.0 for a back-to-lay.
3.40 Gowran Park
Caolaneoin has traded below at least half his BSP in-running in his last 5 races and if he’s on a going day he could be trading really low again here. He travels really well in his races, and can make effortless ground to then find very little when challenged. This time last year he won a handicap chase at Naas easily, which resulted in a 20lb hammering by the handicapper; he currently trades around 16.0 for a back-to-lay.