Chris Baker: Fiddler can raise the roof at Sandown


I enjoyed my first visit to Wolverhampton yesterday and got my second winner of the year thanks to an excellent performance from Reasoned (advised at 3/1). The course was easy to get to and I really liked how close you could get to the action, helped by the fact that the winners’ enclosure is in front of the stand and near to the winning post. It’ll probably be February before I can go racing again, and I’ll once again be looking to visit a course that I’ve not been to before.  

There are just two bets today. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Lingfield Tip

The sprint handicap at 14:15 can go to SWORD EXCEED (8/1), who has won on three of his eight previous visits to Lingfield. Two of those victories have come over today’s six-furlong distance but he has also won over further.

His latest outing at Wolverhampton saw him lead for a long way before weakening close home. That marked his return from a 108-day break so he’s entitled to be sharper for that run.

He’s been dropped 2 lb by the handicapper since his recent effort, and he’s well-handicapped on his best form having won off a marks of 71, 77, 82 and 72 in the past (73 today).

Jason Hart, who has a 22% strike-rate when riding at Lingfield, travels to the course for just this one ride, and may be able to dictate matters from the front as there aren’t many confirmed front-runners in the line-up.

Chris Baker's P&L

Sandown Tip

FIDDLERONTHEROOF (NAP at 2/1) looks a worthy favourite for the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown (14:25). Colin Tizzard’s six-year-old was a very impressive winner over this course and distance last time out, proving his ability to handle testing ground.

Earlier in the season, he finished second to Thyme Hill on his hurdling debut and then possibly found conditions too quick at Wincanton. Thyme Hill has subsequently won both starts, including the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury. 

Tizzard has won two of the last three renewals of this race and can add to that tally today.


Chris Baker Tip - Lingfield
Sword Exceed silk

Sword Exceed



Chris Baker Tip - Sandown
Fiddlerontheroof silk



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