Four runners who will love the testing conditions at Sandown this afternoon
Has won five times on soft or heavy going and is a typical son of his sire Millenary, whose progeny usually love plenty of cut in the ground.
Billingsley has failed to complete on his last two starts and confidence at his fences might be a concern but conditions certainly won't be.
I doubt he has the ability to win this if the opposition all turn up at their best, but if you're looking for a horse who will go through the ground like a Land Rover, Billingsley definitely fits the bill.
Graeme Rodway, tipster
Bristol De Mai
Few horses have an affinity with heavy ground quite like Bristol De Mai, who should be in his element at Sandown.
He has raced five times on ground officially described as heavy, winning four of them, while he was also successful on very soft ground at Auteuil as a youngster.
It is true his outstanding performances have come at Haydock but he is a Grade 1 winner at Sandownand he has winning form at seven different tracks in all so he's certainly not Haydock-dependent. Testing ground is more important and he will certainly have that.
Lewis Porteous, reporter
After sevenconsecutive starts on soft or heavy ground, Alnadam was found wanting on good to soft at Kempton on Boxing Day.
However, he gets a return to the conditions he so clearly loves at Sandown this afternoon, a course where he routedten rivals by six and a half lengths on heavy ground early in December.
If his last run is removedfrom the equation this is a progressive young chaser who relishes a genuine test and he should return to form, albeit in a deeper contest than the one he won two starts ago.
Tom Ward, reporter
High Up In The Air
A front-runner, trained by Gary Moore, who loves gruelling ground½ High Up In The Air sounds like the perfect answer to the 1m7½f handicap chase that closes Sandown's card.
The seven-year-old has thrived since aggressive tactics were employed, winning his last three races by wide margins. Those victories all came on either soft or heavy ground, which will again suit him on his first visit to a track where his trainer has a fantastic record in this sort of race.
Lee Mottershead, reporter
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