Figg can improve for switch to Nicholls stable on return
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Edited
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Paul Nicholls has a proven record at the very top of his profession, and can produce new inmate Frankie Figg to land this afternoon's Sandown feature.
The lightly raced 9-y-o jumped well over the National fences when landing the Grand Sefton a year ago and was a creditable sixth in the Topham Chase in April. He has left Howard Johnson in the meantime and improvement is assured in starting out for his powerful new yard. He seems fairly weighted in this warm handicap and must go well with chammpion AP McCoy in the saddle.
Main danger may come from the progressive Midnight Appeal, who has won his last four starts since switching to the larger obstacles and steps up in grade here after a 210 day absence.
Topweight Roudoudou Ville was very progressive over fences earlier in the year, narrowly losing out on hat-trick bid at Perth in April. Further progress is not out of the question and his yard is in great form ahead of this reappearance, however it will not be easy carrying 11-12 on ground that will have been eased significantly by overnight rain.
Songe hails from a stable that has a 1 in 3 hit rate this season but his iffy jumping will surely be tested in this competitive field, while Red Admiral appeared out of sorts when returning a fortnight ago and may need a few more runs to reach his previous heights.
In summary, a fascinating valuable handicap with any number with decent claims. However, at around 9-2 this morning Frankie Figg is worth a decent win bet in the hope he can dominate a field where very few are confirmed trailblazers. His jumping will be a major asset at the Esher venue, where the Railways fences in particular pose many problems to even experienced handicappers.
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