Pick of the Pundits – Kings Bayonet may be dethroned at Sandown

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Paul Castles is on fire following Complexion’s win at Yarmouth yesterday and the Birmingham Mail’s star tipster is definitely one to follow.

Complexion made it four straight wins for Castles yesterday and with winners hard to come by in the Racing Post naps competition, Castle is outperforming his peers by some way.

His nap today looks a very tempting price at 11/2 but it’s a very tough race and today could be the end of Castles’ winning streak.

20:50 Sandown: Kings Bayonet – 11/2

Sandown have saved the best race until last for tonight’s card and this Class 4 handicap is a very competitive running.

Shernando dominates the betting at 2/1 following his win at Newbury five days ago and the drop back in class seemed to suit the favourite.

However Mark Johnston’s gelding is back up in class and is also up in trip, and with both of his career wins coming in Class 5 races, there are plenty of reasons to oppose the favourite.

Kings Bayonet is one of those dangers but punters should also respect Mohanad and Turjuman.

Alan King saddles Kings Bayonet, one of the few horses that the National Hunt trainer uses for a foray into Flat racing, and like the favourite, Kings Bayonet was suited from a drop back in class when he won his last start at Newbury.

The horse should have no problems handling the 1m6f trip and that’s a big plus in a race in which many of the runners are untried over the trip.

Turjuman (5/1) is one of those untried over 1m6f but the six-year-old is running off a very tasty mark and has previous Class 4 success to his name.

However the pick is Monahad (7/1) who has to reverse the form with Spice Fair (7/1) to win but can put a number of second-place finishes behind him to register his first Flat victory.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.