Benny’s Bridge up for the Imperial Cup​

Benny’s Bridge scored with tons in hand last time out and still looks potentially ahead of the assessor, so makes plenty of appeal at 8/1 in the Imperial Cup at Sandown today (2.25).​ ​ That win came on handicap debut in a decent 12-runner class 2 affair at Cheltenham where the Fergal O’Brien trained six-year-old he was given an ice cool ride by an ultra-confident Paddy Brennan to beat Flash Of Steel by two lengths.​ ​ After being held-up at the rear, Benny’s Bridge made some headway two from home but still had a huge amount of ground to make up on the leaders. However, Brennan didn’t panic and Benny’s Bridge was a closing fourth and going well approaching the last. ​ ​ He was the switched left on the run-in and quickened up smartly to be well on top at the finish and value for more than the winning margin.​ ​ The third home Flashing Glance has also come out and won since whilst Champagne City, who came fourth, ran a blinder next time up when just touched off by a progressive sort in competitive contest at Newbury.​ ​ That gives the form a strong look and suggests an 6lb rise in the weights for Benny’s Bridge may not be enough to stop him going in again given the impressive manner in which he got the job done that day.​ ​ He also remains unexposed and open to any amount of progression after and has sneaked into this off bottom weight of 10st for a yard in form, so looks to have plenty in his favour.​ ​

2pts each-way Benny’s Bridge 2.25 (8/1 generally available – use BOG firms)​

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