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Harry Cobden’s Planet Sport Bet blog: Fitting tribute to Keagan Kirkby if Fire Flyer wins at Sandown

Planet Sport ambassador Harry Cobden warms up for the Cheltenham Festival with seven rides at Sandown on Saturday, March 9. Here's how he thinks he'll get on.

13:15 (Sandown) Through The Ages

I kick off with Through The Ages for Gary Moore. He’s a horse I don’t know too much about but he’s won his last two races well and he looks a good stayer.

He looks a nice ride to pick up and I’m looking forward to it.

13:50 (Sandown) Fire Flyer


It would be fantastic if Fire Flyer could win the EBF Final.

This has been the plan for a while and the fact he was ridden by Keagan Kirkby would make it even more special.

He was one of his favourite horses and it would be a more than fitting tribute if we could win it.

He seems in really good form at home and while I don’t think he’s well-handicapped, I think he’s off a fair mark and there’s still improvement to come.

I’d be a little bit worried about tacky ground, but I’m hoping it won’t be an issue.

14:25 (Sandown) Sans Bruit

I then ride Sans Bruit in the Imperial Cup. I worked and schooled him in the week and he went nicely.

He’s quite a keen type so we’ve stuck a hood on him to keep him calm and hopefully he can go well in this.

We’ll probably drop him out and hope he can pick them off. It’s a very competitive race and I’m hopeful rather than confident.

15:00 (Sandown) Plantaroma

Plantaroma is up next in the mares’ bumper. She’s another I don’t know too much about but she ran pretty well on her debut.

I’d like to think she’ll come on from that and can be competitive.

15:35 (Sandown) Golden Son

Golden Son takes his chance in the handicap chase and hopefully he can go back-to-back after that win at Kempton.

The form has obviously been franked with the runner-up winning the Greatwood Gold Cup last Saturday and we’ve been happy with our lad since.

He’s up three pounds and I do think there’s more to come as we know he’s got plenty of ability.

16:10 (Sandown) Trincomalee

I’m then on Trincomalee for Lucy Wadham. He might be getting on a bit but he’s coming down in the handicap so isn’t badly weighted on his best form.

If he can reproduce his run at Sandown last time he wouldn’t be without a chance.

16:40 (Sandown) Can You Call

We round things off with Can You Call. He was slightly disappointing last time at Ludlow but the handicapper has given him a bit more of a chance on the back of that.

If he’s in good form, he should run his race.


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