Ross Brierley’s betting tips: Three Saturday selections at Sandown and Wolverhampton

Our tipster delves into Saturday's racecards at Sandown Park and Wolverhampton, hoping to find the winners in the 11.45, 1.30 and 1.50.

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Racing expert Ross Brierley serves up three backable horses over the jumps and all-weather meetings at Sandown and Wolverhampton.

Racing betting tips: Saturday, March 13

Praise of Shadows in the 11.45 at Wolverhampton

King Leo in the 1.30 at Wolverhampton

Ocean Drifter in the 1.50 at Sandown

11.45 Wolverhampton - Praise of Shadows

Brierley says: "Lots of in-form runners here then, over at Wolverhampton for this red hot handicap, and Praise of Shadows is the one that catches the eye for Marco Botti and Ben Curtis.

"This horse won last year in a good time over at Chester, when getting a lovely tow down the inside rail, and then was given some very tough tasks on the grass after that, including when running in the Acomb Stakes behind Gear Up, and clearly he was not quite up to that standard.

"But, he returned a couple of weeks ago here at this track, and was very unlucky behind Nortonthorpe Boy.

"He travelled like a dream on the inside. Ben Curtis was in the saddle that day as well, and he tried to go for a gap between the front two, squeezed out late on, and he lost all winning chance and came home under hands and heels to finish third.

"I think he could've gone very close to beating Nortonthorpe Boy, who is a rock solid yardstick for the form this winter, and like I said, his form on the grass last year stands out a mile in this contest.

"So Praise of Shadows gets the nod for Botti and Curtis."

1.30 Wolverhampton - King Leo

Brierley says: "Races like this seven furlong novice event over at Wolverhampton are signs that spring is on the way, and the flat season is just around the corner, as we get some nice horses lining up to stamp their authority for the coming season ahead.

"A couple of them have form on the all weather coming into this, but the big eye-catcher is King Leo for John Gosden and Nicky Mackay, in those Godolphin blue silks.

"Now, this horse has only been seen once on a race course, and he was pretty well beaten behind Devious Company at Haydock last year, but that race was a good one, three runners in behind the winner have won since. A couple of them went to Royal Ascot, and Devious Company, of course, was placed twice in group races including behind Battleground in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

"King Leo obviously couldn't keep up with those, but his sire, The Last Lion, has a much better record when his horses step up to seven furlongs than six, he's had four winners over this trip, and only one over sprint trips.

"And, when you look at the John Gosden stats, he is three from three unbeaten with three-year-olds in races like this at Wolverhampton, coming off the back of a winter break.

"So everything looks in place for a big run for King Leo and he's sure to leave that form well behind."

1.50 Sandown - Ocean Drifter

Brierley says: "As ever, we've got a fantastic line-up here then, for this EBF Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final over at Sandown.

"But when you look into past winners, there's a clear and obvious type of horse you want to get involved in.

"Mainly they are handicap debutants, proven over this trip of two-and-a-half miles, who have recorded a speed figure of 60 or higher at least in those novice events, and not too many fit those criteria.

"Captain Morgs would have a chance for Nicky Henderson here, but the six-year-old Ocean Drifter looks a nice price at double figure odds for Oliver Sherwood and Jonathan Burke.

"Now, the yard have had a fairly quiet winter, but there are signs of life over the past week or so, with three runners all running particularly well, a couple hitting the frame, and one out-performing his odds at 25/1 just the other day.

"And, this horse's novice form looks very strong indeed. He bolted up from the front, stepping up to this trip on his final start 90 days ago. He's a three mile point-to-point winner as well, so he should relish a true pace here at this trip.

"And, his second to Third Time Lucki in a novice hurdle looks very good indeed, with the winner likely to be a red hot fancy for the County Hurdle, or even the Supreme Novices and the third [was] rated 130.

"So Ocean Drifter's handicap mark looks very tempting here for the EBF Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final, and should be an each-way price."