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Matt Chapman: This Diamond is worth an engagement at 14/1 at Sandown on Saturday

Four winners for the master of the fake tan last weekend and Matt is back for more on a Super Saturday smash up of racing in the UK and Ireland.

by Matt Chapman | February 5, 2016

It was another great weekend for this blog last Saturday with four winners highlighted by Annacotty’s (13/2) win at Cheltenham.

We remain in great form – time to smash Paddy once again.  I want to start at Sandown with the 2m handicap chase (1.50pm).

I like ATHUR’S OAK who has every chance to go from the front for Venetia Williams. He was betaen by the re-opposing Bold Henry last time, but can reverse the form round here.

In the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (2.25pm), I am all over BRISTOL DE MAI, who did this column a good turn when winning last time. He’s a class act for Nigel Twiston-Davies and can see off Tea for Two at this track.

Next up is a tricky staying handicap hurdle where DONNA’S DIAMOND (3pm) looks an each-way play for Chris ‘Rambo’ Grant. The selection stays very well and seems to be improving all the time. Hard to keep out the frame despite a 5lb rise.

Finally at Sandown, check out KNOCK HOUSE (3.30pm)  who stays strong and has been in good form this season for Mick Channon. He might well enjoy this 3m handicap chase test.

I expect NATIVE RIVER (2.45pm) to take all the beating in the Grade 2 Towton at Wetherby. He might have found Kempton a bit quick last time, but Colin Tizzard’s runner should enjoy this course.


It’s going to be tough going at Ffos Las where the Welsh Champion Hurlde is off at 2.05pm.

The John Flint-trained KAYF MOSS has not been at his best recently, but he loves the mud, runs well at this track and has dropped below a mark of 140 for the first time in ages. Take a chance at reasonable odds each-way.


There’ll be no hiding place in the West Wales National at 3.15pm, and I like top-weight BOB FORD. He’s a funny old horse but should get his own way here. He won this last year and can land follow up for Rebecca Curtis and Sean Bowen.

Finally, in Ireland there’s a Super Saturday of action with four Grade Ones on the Leopardstown card. The highlight is the Irish Gold Cup and I’m on the Road to Riches. Let’s hope we all are. Yeeehaaa!

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