Friday Racing Tips: Henderson’s Supreme hope to get back on track

 | January 26 | 

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Sandown Racecourse

Flat racing holds sway across Britain and Ireland on Friday with five meetings taking place across the afternoon and into the evening.

First off is Lingfield, before they go at Sedgefield, Sandown, Dundalk and Wolverhampton.

Amongst our Friday fancies is one for trainer Nicky Henderson who had a big reputation prior to his latest defeat, but who deserves another chance to show what he's made of.

Friday Racing Tips

  • 13:15 Sandown - Southoftheborder @ 4/11
  • 15:00 Sandown - Broken Halo @ 10/3
  • 16:30 Dundalk - Darkened @ 11/2

13:15 Sandown - Southoftheborder @ 4/11

Supreme Novices' Hurdle entrant Southoftheborder wasn't at his very best when unseating rider in a Grade 2 novices' hurdle over 2m4f last month, but the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old can get his career firmly back on track in the opening 2m novices' hurdle.

The gelding stepped up in trip when last seen and didn't see it out, so the drop back in distance will suit massively.

He is best judged on his prior form, when impressing in a Ffos Las bumper on debut last March before readily seeing off his rivals in a course and distance maiden hurdle on his seasonal return in November.

A former point winner in Ireland, Southoftheborder will enjoy chasing in time, but it would be folly to dismiss him off the back of one laboured effort and he should take some beating in calmer waters.

Southoftheborder to win the 13.15 Sandown at 4/11

15:00 Sandown - Broken Halo @ 10/3

The Grand Military Gold Cup is always a thrilling spectacle every year and, although punters should tread carefully due to the fact amateur riders are taking part in the contest, a good horse typically wins the race every year.

With that in mind, Broken Halo has to be of serious interest. Paul Nicholls' nine-year-old won this race last year under Jody Sole, who maintains the partnership and who is a perfect 2-2 on the horse.

Broken Halo was unlucky when a faller here in the London National on his seasonal reappearance, travelling like the winner when departing two from home.

He was very laboured when never a factor in the Classic Chase at Warwick when last seen, but a return to Sandown should reignite him and he should appreciate the drop in trip.

Broken Halo to win the 15.00 Sandown at 10/3

16:30 Dundalk - Darkened @ 11/2

Moving across the Irish Sea for our final selection of the day, where Darkened should prove too classy for his rivals in the 1m2½f claiming race at Dundalk.

The former Galway Festival winner over hurdles doesn't have a prolific profile and is hard to catch right, but he was beaten a nose over course and distance in November and has run well in defeat over varying trips at the track since.

Darkened was particularly unlucky here earlier this month when sixth of 14 in a competitive handicap over this trip, badly hampered when trying to mount a challenge and beaten less than three lengths for a finish.

Despite having to carry 10-2 and conceding weight to the majority of his rivals, Daniel King is great value for his 5lb claim in the saddle and he should find this assignment much easier.

Darkened to win the 16.30 Dundalk at 11/2

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