Greyfriarschorista is one of four bets from Andy Holding on Thursday afternoon.
GREYFRIARCHORISTA (best price 3/1)
and Southwell racecourse have proven on many occasions in the past they are the perfect cocktail for any drinks menu and Giles Bravery’s charge could well turn out to be the toast of the Nottinghamshire venue as he returns to the scene of most of his finest performances. Despite his advancing years, the son of King’s Best still showed plenty of natural pace to score over 6f here last time out and he is taken to get the better of his old rival Kung Hei Fat Choy stepping back up to a more favourable trip – something he achieved the last time the pair met back in December 2013.
Greyfriarschorista - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pt
Gowran Park 15:10
Two years to the day, MALA BEACH (best price 7/1)
posted a career-high performance when landing the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle on this very same card and Gordon Elliot’s charge looks to have fine prospects of adding to that prestigious prize by taking one of the most sought-after handicap chases in the Irish jumps calendar. The son of Beneficial could easily have had his confidence dented after suffering a heavy fall at Thurles on his seasonal return, so it was good to see him jump a nice clear round and stay on well behind Royal Regatta at Ascot last time out. That run should put him cherry-ripe for a tilt at this big pot and providing he can get into a decent rhythm early doors, the eight-year-old has the class and stamina to play a prominent role at the business end.
Mala Beach - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.38pt
Despite Casper King being the more fancied of the Philip Hobbs-trained runners according to the betting, GALA BALL (NAP) (best price 6/1)
easily makes the most appeal at the prices and he rates a decent each-way bet in a race where only a handful can be fancied. The son of Flemensfirth patently failed to stay the trip on his previous visit to this track back in November, but looked an altogether different proposition when dropped back to 2m 1f at Exeter last time out. Staying well in the latter stages of what turned out to be a strongly-run race given the testing conditions, the six-year-old gelding managed to get within eight lengths of the very talented Emerging Talent and a repeat of that sort of form should enable him to hit the frame at the very least.
Gala Ball - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Won 6pt
On an afternoon which could turn out to be a productive one for Godolphin, KEEP IN LINE(best price 12/1)
has a fair chance of providing the boys in blue with a winner whatever the fate of those that precede him in this competitive handicap to conclude the card. Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate displayed great battling qualities and stamina to wear down the smart Satellite in the latter stages of a strongly-run Newbury handicap back in September, so it was no great surprise to see him very prominent in the market to follow up in an ultra-competitive handicap at Newmarket next time. Unfortunately, the son of Soldier Hollow failed to shine for whatever reason, but he has to be worth another chance to bounce back to the kind of form that should enable him to play a significant role in a race of this nature.
Keep In Line - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pt