It’s been a great week at the William Hill Perth Festival but now we must share the glory with Sandown too, although the final day from Perth looks set to be a cracker as well. 

Read on for Nick’s thoughts on four races from Sandown and two from the William Hill Perth Festival.


FIND is a tentative choice at 8/1 in a tricky Esher Cup (1.50pm). His form gives him every bit as good a chance as Blue Trail (11/4), and there is a possibility he gets left fairly un-hustled in the lead here, which can be a particular advantage at this track when the ground isn’t too soft.

MOSTAHDAF is no price at all at 4/6, but loves this track and can notch another win over his two rivals in the Gordon Richards (2.25pm). Every indication from his pedigree and running style is that he will improve for at least an extra furlong and, on the proviso this doesn’t become a complete mess tactically, he ought to outpoint more exposed foes.

JOHAN is taken to spring a bit of a surprise at 18/1 in the Mile (3.00pm). Clearly Alcohol Free has a huge class edge here, but she has needed a run to get her cherry ripe and I am not sure about taking short odds about the filly with a hood on for the first time. Mutasaabeq and Sunray Major have achieved no more than the selection on form and are iffy stayers, while Lights On looks to need it softer. As such, Johan, who notched up a career best for his new stable and is fit and piping under a hungry de Sousa, can prick a few balloons from a prominent position.

FRANTASTIC looks a big price at 12/1 in the Classic Trial (3.35pm). While Goldspur sets a nice standard for Charlie Appleby, the rest must be judged on limited evidence, and the selection seems too big a price when his regal pedigree, physique, connections, and promise last autumn are all put into the mix.


ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU might have a big weight, but he can boss his four rivals from the front at 9/2 in Perth’s big William Hill sponsored hurdle race (2.05), while William Hill Highland National contender I’LL SEE YOU WELL (12/1) has not stopped improving and his form keeps being boosted (2.40pm).