Racing: The answer is just Blowing Wind

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The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Imperial Cup at Sandown

Blowing Wind: Ex-French horse who has been backed in to favouritism. A good third to Dato Star at Haydock and although that race is hard to assess, money talks and Martin Pipe knows what it takes to win a race like this.

Nahrawali: A good fourth in the Tote Gold Trophy and should run another big race.

Alabang: A decent second in the Lanzarote Hurdle, this consistent type has sound each-way claims. Graham Bradley rates his chance.

Serenus: Won his first two races this season but has been up against it since. Not disgraced when fourth to Shahrur at Kempton.

Debutante Days: A useful mare on her day, she has been hinting at a return to form.

Kingsfold Pet: Won on heavy ground last time and would need it soft to play a part.

Nordance Prince: Only a novice but in great form with wins at Sandown and Doncaster. Sure to run well with his yard in cracking form.

Star Selection: In form but looks out of his depth.

Danegold: Acts on good to firm and it may be too soft.

House Of Dreams: Consistent but outclassed, even with Adrian Maguire's assistance.

Regency Rake: Arthur Moore has plundered some big British prizes but this one is not likely to add to the tally.

Rubhahunish: Simply not good enough.

Silent Cracker: Pulled up last time and would be better suited by a longer trip.

Hoh Express: Useful ex-Flat racer who won a novice at Musselburgh but steps up in class. One to keep an eye on.

Sadler's Realm: In excellent form, having won four of his last five outings.

Conclusion: The support for BLOWING WIND suggests he will take all the beating, but his form is difficult to assess. He should see off the challenge of Nordance Prince and Alabang, who looks the each-way bet of the race.

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