Selection: ONEMOREFORTHEROAD | 14:25 Paddy Power Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle
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A fascinating final weekend card before the Cheltenham Festival sees Sandown Park host its annual Imperial Cup Day, with the feature set for a off-time of 2:25pm.
I’m siding with Neil King’s likeable Onemorefortheroad to outrun his ridiculous odds of 10/1 (correct as of 10/03/22) and have a big say in Esher this weekend.
He won three on the bounce since his Autumn return, picking up successes at Stratford, Huntingdon and Newbury, respectively.
When last seen in the Betfair Exchange Trophy prior to Christmas, he chased home Tritonic at Ascot to run a career-best and has only been raised 1lb – a mark that now looks fairly lenient given the subsequent form of that contest (4th and 7th both winning since).
His absence would suggest that this race has been in the pipeline for a while and Jack Quinlan, who gave him a cracking spin in this county in November, regains the partnership.
Samarrive has a bit of a point to prove after two disappointing runs sandwiched his easy win at this course earlier this term, while the relatively unexposed Balco Coastal likely to be suited by the drop back in trip.