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Love is in the air at Sandown

Love Envoi can maintain her unbeaten record today with victory in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown. A £38,000 (R780,000) purchase after winning a Wexford bumper for prominent point-to-point trainer Sean Doyle last spring, the Western mare has proven to be a real find for Noel Fehily Racing. She made a successful hurdles debut for her new connections at Leicester in early December – and the runner-up, Miss Fairfax, has won twice since.

Love Envoi comfortably braved a penalty on her next start at Warwick before turning it into a hat-trick at Lingfield last month – easily responsible for the 123-rated Nurse Susan. The Harry Fry-trained six-year-old faces a step up in the class for this grade 2 assignment, but she’s proven to be suitable for testing conditions and another daring show seems assured.

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Hogan’s Height would take top honors in the Castel Royal Artillery Gold Cup. Jamie Snowden’s veteran got his head first since winning the 2019 Grand Se‑on over the Grand National fences of Aintree when he made a successful hunting debut in Ludlow last month. Hogan’s Height, first fitted with cheek pads in Shropshire, made the best of lowering its visor to take a confidence-inspiring win.

Faced with only three rivals in this prestigious competition for amateur military jockeys, Will Kellard’s mount will be hard to beat. Dreaming Blue can take back-to-back wins at Fontwell in the Virgin Bet Novices’ Hurdle. Bought from Richard Fahey’s yard after winning in Wolverhampton, the five-year-old was well beaten on his hurdles bow for Anthony Honeyball. After undergoing wind surgery last summer and being off the track for a year, he didn’t do much better when he returned to the Flat earlier this winter.

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But when he came back to the hurdles on this course a few weeks ago, Dreaming Blue performed much better, jumping much better than he had on his first attempt en route to an 11-length verdict. He is clearly trading in the ground and this track, and this seems like a good chance for him to double his number over obstacles. Intern De Sivola should make the most of a drop in class in the Virgin Bet Juvenile Hurdle.

The Nick Williams-trained gelding looked set to rise to a high position in this division, beating a number of consecutive winners at Yorksea and Galah at Cheltenham in December. He was expected to make it up again on his return to the Cotswolds for a Triumph Hurdle trial last month, but he raced free and was inevitably weakened to finish well behind the impressive Pied Piper. Intern De Sivola certainly has enough capacity to get back on the winning track in this business if his exuberance can be harnessed. –

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