Timeform’s Andrew Asquith recommends a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Sandown on Sunday
“…he can’t be discounted in this sort of form…”
Timeform on Mr Mafia
NAP: Minella can reign again
Minella Trump – 13:00 Sandown
Minella Trump is clearly in the form of his life, racking up a five-timer (four of those wins coming over fences) at Sedgefield last month, and leaving the impression he has even more to offer.
He quickly asserted form his rivals between the last two fences and ultimately had plenty in hand at the line. His claims look obvious from the same mark and should be backed accordingly.
NEXT BEST: Always fear the Mafia
Mr Mafia – 15:15 Sandown
Mr Mafia is arguably in the form of his life at the age of 12, and he again should be feared now stepping into veterans’ company.
He hails from a stable in rude health at present, and he proved better than ever when scoring by 16 lengths at Wincanton three weeks ago. Mr Mafia made all of the runnning that day and never looked like being beaten and, while a subsequent 8 lb rise in the weights puts him on a career-high mark, he can’t be discounted in this sort of form.
EACH WAY: Count on Meribel
Count Meribel – 12:30 Sandown
The last time that Count Meribel run over hurdles he was pulled up at Doncaster in December last year. He didn’t cut much ice in his last two starts over fences, either, so it does take a leap of faith to support him.
However, there is no doubt he is well handicapped on the pick of his form, given he won a useful handicap chase from a mark of 137 in 2018. He hasn’t seen the track much since and represents a yard that do well with such types, so is of interest at the odds.