Sandown Betting Tips For April 27

Betting.org experts give their three best bets for a cracking seven-race card at Sandown on Jumps Finale Day at the Esher venue on Saturday, April 27. Charbel has some smart form in the book, so now eased from the highest level rates the standout punt in the Grade 2 bet365 Oaksey House Chase over 2m 6f. Trainer Nicky Henderson has and superb record in the 2m 6f Select Hurdle and his On The Blind Side gets the next best vote in this year’s renewal of the Grade 2 contest. Bennys Bridge, meanwhile, looks weighted to go well in the 2m novices’ handicap hurdle that gets proceedings underway and makes plenty of each-way appeal at the odds on offer. Find out more about these horses in our in-depth preview with Sandown betting tips for April 27.

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Charbel
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On The Blind Side
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Bennys Bridge
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Charbel value in open-looking Oaksey at Sandown

Charbel looks decent value to land the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase run over 2m 6f on Jumps Finale Day at Sandown on Saturday (14:25). This Kim Bailey trained eight-year-old has won three of his 13 starts over fences and posted some smart efforts in defeat against top class rivals.

He finished an excellent six-length second to Altior in a Grade 1 at this venue back in 2016, and was in the process of running a huge race in the Arkle at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival won by Nicky Henderson’s superstar when coming to grief two from home when still holding a narrow advantage.

That fall seemed to affect his confidence, but Charbel got back to winning ways on his second start this season when gamely getting the better subsequent BetVictor Gold Cup hero Baron Alco by a head at Chepstow. He then backed that up with a fine half-a-length second to Politologue in the Grade 2 1965 Chase over 2m 5f at Ascot.

Form stands up to scrutiny

Charbel made the winner pull out all the stops and the pair pulled 12 lengths clear of some useful types. Given that Politologue has subsequently gone down all guns blazing when beaten just 1 3/4 lengths by Altior in last month’s Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, it gives the form a solid look.

The son of Iffraaj then got back to winning ways when easily landing the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase over 2m 4f at Huntington by eight lengths from God’s Own, and backed that up with a decent third to Top Notch in a hot Listed affair at Kempton.

Charbel has since failed to shine in two runs in Grade 1 company, but now returns to calmer waters which are likely to see him in a much better light. An official rating of 158 leaves him just 4lb to find with the top rated Definitly Red and that rival is not sure to be suited by the drop down in trip, as all his best form has come over 3m or further.

There are also several runners in this that like to force the pace, so the race could well be set up for a closer. Charbel fits that bill and, on the pick of his form, commands the utmost respect in this. So, at the odds on offer, he looks overpriced and rates the standout punt in these Sandown betting tips for April 27.

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On The Blind Side the Select bet

Since the Grade 2 Select Hurdle (16:10) was introduced onto the card in 2014, trainer Nicky Henderson has won three of the five runnings – including the last two renewals. He launches a three-pronged attack on the 2m 6f contest this time around and On The Blind Side looks the pick of the trio now switched back to the smaller obstacles.

This seven-year-old who looked a top notch prospect last season when winning his first three starts over hurdles. In the last of those, the imposing gelding – who won his sole start in an Irish point – could not have been more impressive when landing the 2m 4f Grade 2 Winter Novices’ Hurdle at this venue.

After tracking the leaders going well, On The Blind Side cruised into contention and took up the running at the second last. When jockey Nico de Boinville asked him to put the race to bed, the response was immediate and he quickened up smartly to forge clear easily beat Springtown Lake by nine lengths.

Impressive course winner as a novice

It was a stunning performance, especially as he was giving 5lb all-round to a field which contained five previous winners from top stables as a result of his success in a similar grade and competitive affair over course and distance. He looked something special, but injury then ruled On The Blind Side out of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

He headed to Aintree instead and was clearly not at his best when sent off the 11/8 favourite following a lengthy break and finishing a nine-length sixth of 12 to Black Op in the Grade 1 and subsequently underwent wind surgery ahead of the start of this campaign.

Hopes were high that On The Blind Side would make up into a top class novice chaser. However, he ran a stinker on debut over the larger obstacles when a 44 lengths last of four at Cheltenham and, despite then winning next time up at Kempton, reverted to old ways last time out when pulled up in the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Festival.

On The Blind Side has clearly failed to live up to expectations, so the switch back to hurdles looks a smart move and he undoubtedly has the talent to win races of this nature. He is also 1-1 at this venue and this looks a weak renewal of the Select, so he this rates our next best bet on a cracking seven-race card.

Bennys Bridge weighted to go well in opener

In the 2m Bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle that gets proceedings underway (13:50), Bennys Bridge looks weighted to go well. Trained by the in-form Fergal O’Brien, this six-year-old shaped with plenty of promise in three novice hurdles before opening his account in emphatic fashion on handicap debut in a decent 12-runner class 2 affair at Cheltenham back in January.

After being held-up at the rear by Paddy Brennan, the son of Beneficial made some headway two from home, but still looked to have a mountain to climb if he was to land a blow. However, Brennan oozed confidence and Bennys Bridge was a closing fourth and going well approaching the last.

He was then switched left on the run-in and showed a smart turn of foot to readily assert and readily beat Flash Of Steel by a cosy two lengths. It was a really authoritative display and the form of the race has worked out well.

Better ground should suit

Bennys Bridge, who ran from 1lb out of the handicap that day, got put up 14lb for that victory, but shaped better than the bare result of his revised rating of 134 when a 15-length seventh of 13 to Malaya in the ultra-competitive Grade 3 Imperial Cup over this course and distance when appearing to find the soft ground against him.

He has since got back to winnings ways when only having to be nudged out to land a six-runner novice contest at Market Rasen by a cheeky 1 1/2 lengths. That confidence boosting success should have put Bennys Bridge spot on for this, and he now reverts to handicap company of what looks a workable mark of 129.

This race is also traditionally run at a strong pace and that will play to the strengths of Bennys Bridge. So, with underfoot conditions now in his favour, he looks to have lots going for him and thus features as the each-way punt and completes these Sandown betting tips for April 27.

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