Here’s what the Racing Post made of today’s valuescope race, the 15:45 at Sandown:

“Cases could be made for several of these, but it was hard to fancy the injury-prone BACKBEAT, who had been off the track more than a year and whose trainer Howard Johnson had indicated beforehand that this was his last chance before a possible sale as a point-to-pointer or hunter chaser. However, this race was chosen for him from three possible targets on the card, and having been sent to the front with more than a circuit to go, he made the rest and stayed on strongly to come home clear.
Eric’s Charm invariably runs well here, but he is getting on now and was unable to take advantage of a mark 5lb lower than when he was second in the 2006 Betfred Gold Cup.
Principe Azzurro continues to run well, while cross-country horse Florida Dream was far from disgraced back in a conventional chase off a much lower mark.

Chief Yeoman wasn’t guaranteed to stay, and having closed to have his chance three out he couldn’t find any more over the last two fences.
Aztec Warrior was not among the sextet that were clear of the rest three out, but he plugged on to pass top-weight Crystal D’Ainay on the run-in. The last-named should have finished somewhere near Eric’s Charm on Exeter form, but he has two ways of running and this wasn’t one of his better efforts.
Limited Edition had been off the track 296 days, since falling at Cheltenham in March, and he weakened right out of it going to three out. ”

               
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   



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