Sandown 2.55 tips – Johnson to mark coronation with another Menorah success

Sandown 2.55 tips - Johnson to mark coronation with another Menorah success

Richard Johnson

Menorah

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Betting Tip: Menorah @ 9/2 with bet365

There’s a first prize of £28,475 up for grabs here and it could be heading Mullins’ way as his Valseur Lido has been chalked up at odds-on (Coral are one of several firms offering 5/6). He can boats the best recent form – a six-length second to stablemate Vautour in the Ryanair Chase – and is suited by the race conditions as he gets weight from the penalised pair Menorah and Wonderful Charm, who is one of three Nicholls runners (the others being Saphir Du Rheu and rank outsider Rocky Creek) and looks the main hope on jockey bookings. The favourite does have a couple of recent non-completions (FU) on his CV, but he’s not a bad jumper by any means and anything like a repeat of his Cheltenham effort would probably suffice.

But given his skinny price and the suspicion that this trip is short of his best, I’d rather take a chance that Philip Hobbs can get MENORAH back to the sort of form that he showed when landing this race last year and in 2014. The 11-year-old would be a fitting winner for Richard Johnson who will be crowned champion jockey for the first time today after many years of being in the now retired Tony McCoy’s shadow and finishing runner-up 16 times no less.

Betting Tip: Menorah @ 9/2 with bet365

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