For Good Measure looks to be every inch a winner

For Good Measure looks a live contender for a typically wide-open renewal of the Close Brothers Imperial Cup at Sandown tomorrow.

For Good Measure looks to be every inch a winner

The fiercely competitive handicap is the annual feature on the Saturday before the Cheltenham Festival, and, with entries in the Coral Cup, County Hurdle and Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle, it is not inconceivable For Good Measure will be in action at Prestbury Park next week.

Representing a formidable combination in Philip Hobbs and owner JP McManus, the five-year-old looked very ordinary after four starts, but has barely come off the bridle on his last two outings.

For Good Measure made a mockery of an opening handicap mark of 113 at Uttoxeter in early December and was arguably even more impressive under the mandatory penalty in similarly demanding conditions at Exeter little over a week later.

Hobbs has sensibly kept his powder dry since and, with soft ground clearly of no concern, For Good Measure looks sure to go well off an attractive racing weight.

Paul Nicholls and Jody Sole can team up to good effect once more with Minellahalfcentury in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown today.

Successful with Merrion Square in 2013, Minellahalfcentury has so far failed to live up to early hopes that saw him win a couple of hurdles, along with his second chase.

However, an event such as this could be just the thing to set him back on the winning path.

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