Green Book for go at Sandown: Williams's targeting win at Sandown

Green for go at Sandown as Venetia Williams’s talented hurdler targeting another win, while Willie Mullins dominates top-level races at the Dublin Racing Festival

  • Venetia Williams’s talented hurdler Green Book is targeting win at Sandown 
  • Green Book triumphed last year at the meet with jockey Charlie Deutsch
  • Meanwhile, Willie Mullins dominates all top races at the Dublin Racing Festival

There is a wealth of brilliant racing on Saturday, with Leopardstown staging four Grade One events and Sandown playing their part with the Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase.

Unsurprisingly, Willie Mullins dominates all of the top-level races across the Irish Sea at the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend to such an extent that he is just 10-1 to win all eight of the big ones.

Mullins has multiple entries in a number of the feature races which makes betting perilous, so GREEN BOOK (Sandown, nap, 2.55) may prove a more enticing proposition this afternoon.

Venetia Williams is targeting another win at Sandown with Green Book this weekend 

Jockey Charlie Deutsch (pictured) triumphed with Green Book at Sandown in February 2022

I would expect Venetia Williams’s talented hurdler to leave behind a subdued comeback effort at Chepstow as he was returning from a breathing operation and was not afforded his normal aggressive ride that day.

Admittedly, he must reverse form with Flight Deck to the tune of 40 lengths, but the return to Sandown may be the catalyst to a better showing with the memory of his impressive success in the feature handicap vivid in the memory.

Although the six-year-old only prevailed by less than a length from Beauport last year, that winning margin was far from representative of his dominance from the turn from home.

Willie Mullins (right), meanwhile, dominates meets at the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend

It was at that point the selection moved serenely clear of a competitive field under jockey Charlie Deutsch.

The front two pulled eight lengths clear of the consistent Dans Le Vent on the climb to the line and, although a less than fluent leap at the final flight allowed Beauport to close, Green Book never seriously looked like folding.

Hopefully, his Chepstow comeback has blown away the cobwebs and second time out following a wind operation can often be the best time to catch a horse who has experienced breathing issues in the past.

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