Andy Holding has unearthed some cracking bets on a busy Saturday of racing.
GAS LINE BOY (best price 5/1)
was in the process of running a huge race over today’s course on his seasonal reappearance 28 days ago until tipping up at the fifth from home, but providing he’s suffered no long-lasting damage from that tumble, Jim Best’s inmate is expected to keep up his fine record at today’s track. A previous C&D winner when trained by Philip Hobbs’ the son of Blueprint was going well enough at the time to suggest he would have taken some stopping in a similar race to one he contests this afternoon, and with the visor once again in operation, all roads lead to the 10-year-old making a bold attempt to see it out from the front.
Gas Line Boy - 1pt @ 5/1Lost -1pt
ROYAL REGATTA (best price 7/1)
is a rather unconventional choice in many respects considering he’s unproven in this sort of grade, but he’s indicated on more than several occasions that he may be capable of bridging the gap between quality handicapper to graded performer. The way he disposed of the smart Mala Beach and four other rivals over this C&D two starts back served notice of his immanent rise up the ranks and although he failed to build on that performance back to the scene of that display last time, there were mitigating circumstances which prevented him from running to his best. The fact that he was far too keen in the early stages of the race meant he was a sitting duck when Dare Me came to challenge in the dying embers and if he can be ridden with a little more restraint this time around, there’s every chance Philip Hobbs’ charge can go well again at his favourite venue.
Royal Regatta - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.4pt
GRAND TURINA (best price 8/1)
has been absent for quite some time, but the absence might be worth waiting for if she can run to somewhere near the level of form she produced on her only start to date at Wetherby. Setting strong fractions from the outset at the Yorkshire venue, the daughter of Kayf Tara maintained a relentless gallop all the way to the line and with several subsequent winners strung out like washing in behind her, the form suggests she could be a very useful mare in the making. Obviously, current fitness and general wellbeing have to be taken on trust, but she’s with a firm that do very with mares and she’s certainly expected to give a good account of herself even though she may not be quite 100% on the ball first time back off her long layoff.
Grand Turina - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -1pt
GALA BALL (best price 11/10)
was a good winner for this column on his latest visit to this C&D and some of the winnings gained that day look well worth playing up with plenty seemingly in his favour. Extremely strong in the latter part of the race 30 days ago, Philip Hobbs’ charge certainly built on the foundation he’d created the time before in a hot novice hurdle at Exeter and even though he has to give away a penalty to several potentially useful sorts this afternoon, the son of Flemensfirth is expected to come through with flying colours.
Gala Ball - 2pt @ 5/4Won 2.5pt