Sandown betting tips: Rock Gone, Terrefort, Vivas have shouts on Sunday

Betting Tips · - have three fancies in their Sandown betting tips for November 11 for the seven-race card at the Esher venue this Sunday. Terrefort has winning form at the highest level, so is taken to land the Listed feature, the 3m Future Stars Intermediate Chase, as the NAP of the meeting. Rock Gone, meanwhile, is very lightly-raced for his age and considered the value bet in the 3m veterans’ handicap chase. Vivas is also thriving over fences, so looks each-way value in the novices’ limited handicap over 2m 4f. Read all about this Remembrance Day racing in our Sandown betting tips for November 11.Terrefort fancied among Future Stars at SandownA small but select field of four go to post in the feature race at Sandown on Remembrance Sunday, the Listed 3m Future Stars Intermediate Chase (14:20). Terrefort has Grade 1 winning form as a novice at this venue and over the trip when stepped up last time out, so looks a worthy favourite for victory.

Trained by Nicky Henderson, the five-year-old French import has already had 10 outings over fences and started in that sphere very early. When in the care of Guillaume Macare, the son of Martaline who has stamina in spades in his pedigree was sent chasing while still only three.

He was sent to Seven Barrows handler Henderson in January when purchased by respected owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. An impressive 10 lengths debut romp at Huntingdon shortly afterwards saw his new connections pitch Terrefort straight in at the deep end next time out in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase here in February.

There was lots to like about how he kept in front when under real pressure from three out, engaging in a sustained battle with Cyrname before holding that one by a neck. The front two pulled 30 lengths and further clear of the remainder, while the runner-up scored next time out in the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton.

That gives the form a cast iron look and although Terrefort was then turned over when sent off the 3/1 favourite for the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham, he was giving 6lb away when a seven-length second to Shattered Love. The fifth horse home, the ill-fated Finian’s Oscar, came out and won another Grade 1 at Aintree, so again this is first class form.

Terrefort also scored at the Grand National meeting when stepped up to an extended 3m for the first time in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase. He gave ultra-tough staying mare Ms Parfois a full 7lb sex allowance and still won by 3 3/4 lengths when driven by regular rider Daryl Jacob to lead at the last and staying on well to the line.

Judged on that last run, Terrefort has nothing to fear from re-opposing rivals Elegant Escape and Coo Star Sivola, who were a 13-length third and pulled up respectively. He is rated 7lb and 9lb superior to the pair and meets Colin Tizzard’s charge off the same terms, while a 2lb swing in the favour of Nick Williams’ Ultima Handicap Chase hero doesn’t look like making a difference on this going.

While a sounder surface is not ideal for any of the quartet – completed by Tom Lacey trained six-year-old Thomas Patrick – who line up, it’s Terrefort that brings the best form to the table and is clear on official figures. That makes him the one to be on, so he rates the NAP of our Sandown betting tips for November 11.Rock Gone looks a solid bet for NewlandLater on the card is a veterans’ handicap chase named in honour of Pete The Feat over the same course and distance (15:25), who lines up yet again at the grand old age of 14. He’s taken on, however, with Rock Gone – a lightly-raced 10-year-old that makes an interesting recruit to this sphere.

There should be plenty left in the tank for this Dr Richard Newland trained gelding after just 13 career starts under rules. Rock Gone has had just five starts over fences, winning one and placing in two others but that does not tell the full story as he was far from disgraced when seventh to Road To Respect in the 2m 5f Grade 3 Brown Advisory Plate at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

The winner has gone on to land three Grade 1 staying chase contests, so for Rock Gone to be beaten just 21 lengths by such a top class horse bodes well in the context of this class 2 contest. He had previously won a novice event at Wetherby over an extended 2m 3f on his second start of the 2016-17 campaign.

Connections stepped Rock Gone up for the Grade 3 Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot on his sole start last season. He chased home Go Conquer and was only beaten 4 1/2 lengths in a strong renewal that has thrown up all sorts of winners and other sorts in-behind that ran really well in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

Sean Bowen, who partnered Rock Gone to his sole hurdles victory, is now back in the saddle and that looks significant. As he’s so low mileage and racing off his last winning mark of 135, this one looks well worth a wager in this 11-runner field that contains many old sorts and he is thus the next best bet of these Sandown betting tips for November 11.Thriving Vivas each-way value againVivas is unbeaten over fences, so looks each-way value to defy another 5lb rise and at least make the frame as he seeks a hat-trick in the 2m 4f novices’ limited handicap chase earlier on the card (13:15). Trained by Charlie Longsdon, the seven-year-old has landed a couple of handicaps since being switched to the larger obstacles this season.

He was also a far from disgraced fifth to Jenkins in a Grade 3 handicap hurdle at Ascot back in January when held-up and badly hampered. Jockey Jonathan Burke gets a good tune out of Vivas and is once again on board for this competitive 10-runner race, having partnered him to both of those prior chase successes.

In the first of those on reappearance at Fontwell, he idled and tied up in front late on but still held Royal Plaza by a neck despite giving weight all-round. Vivas then stepped up in class last time out at Plumpton and was pushed into the lead 100 yards from home when readily asserting past Call To Order and scoring by two lengths.

This demands more than the small fields he’s raced in, but Vivas has plenty of handicap experience from his hurdling days. In a race where a case can be made for most, he looks well worth an each-way wager to at least make the frame and completes our Sandown betting tips for November 11.Your Next Bet

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