Willie Mullins' charge is one of four bets from ace tipster Andy Holding on Saturday.
TULLOW TONIC (best price 5/1)
has always looked a handicap project in the making based on the way she has be campaigned, and that theory gets an immediate chance to be realised on her first start in this sphere. Charlie Longsdon’s charge first caught the eye when a not-knocked-about ninth in a decent mares’ contest at Towcester and has followed that effort up with another couple of promising performances in races she couldn’t win. An opening mark of 102 looks more than reasonable and it would come as little surprise if she was very competitive now racing against a more realistic standard of opponent.
Tullow Tonic - 0.5pts e/w @ 6.0Lost -1pts
There’s obviously an element of guesswork involving the current mind set of KINGSCOURT NATIVE (best price 12/1)
given that he’s failed to complete the course in his last two starts, but there’s also a school of thought to suggest a return to hurdles at a track where he’s gone well before might just spark a revival. Unlucky when a last flight faller with the race at his mercy on his first visit to the Midland venue, Colin Tizzard’s charge ran perfectly respectively on his next outing here when third to the useful Arbre De Vie in a decent novice event on his final start last season. Clearly the son of King’s Theatre hasn’t taken to fences as well as connections would have desired and this race looks a wise move given his frailties in that department.
Kingscourt Native - 0.5pts e/w @ 13.0Lost -1pts
It’s not often punters get a chance to back a Willie Mullins-trained horse that arrives here off the back of a smart victory in a fast time at 5/1, but in the shape of THOMAS HOBSON (best price 5/1)
, that’s the prospect some of us will find hard to resist. Although he’s by no means the finished article in the jumping stakes, he is capable of maintaining a decent gallop from the front and just as he did last time, he broke the heart of the well-regarded Jetstream Jack, who the Gordon Elliot team really fancied on the day. The time he clocked that day, was a faster furlong-per-furlong rating than the one achieved by the superb Min on the same card, so it’s clear than the son of Halling’s capabilities may well be a little underestimated judged on his early quotes.
Thomas Hobson - 1pt @ 6.0Won 5pts
Edward Harty’s team have been in excellent shape over the last few months and their good run looks set to continue with JOSHUA LANE (best price 10/1)
in this competitive handicap hurdle. Although yet to win a race in eight attempts, the son of Gamut has shown on many occasions he has the ability to be successful in this sphere and given that he ran a good deal better than the final finishing position suggested at Clonmel last time, an opening rating of 118 looks more than fair.
Joshua Lane - 0.5pts e/w @ 11.0Lost -1pts