Andy Holding has picked out five bets today, including a two-pointer at Wolverhampton.
NOT FOR YOU (best price 7/4)
travelled like much the best horse until agonisingly picked off by the strong-staying Winged Express at Chepstow the other day, but he looks to have been found a decent opportunity to make amends and he should be backed accordingly. Taking well to the first time hood, Charles Brynes’ inmate may have just been in front plenty soon enough in hindsight given how he failed to seal the deal when looking all over a winner, but that won’t be lost on jockey Paul Moloney who’s likely to hold on to the Beneficial gelding a little longer in order to make sure his mount gets home on this occasion.
Not For You - 1pt @ 7/4Lost -1pts
The time figures achieved by Tagrita and SOMERSET JEM (best price 5/1)
over the same C&D 12 days ago suggests there’s not a great deal between them ability-wise, but with the value lying heavily in favour of the latter, Kevin Bishop’s charge has to be the percentage each-way call. Having his handicap debut, the son of Sir Harry Lewis could be called the winner a long way out and going on to score with more in hand that the official winning margin indicated, clearly the course of antibiotics to clear up a mucus problem worked the oracle for this well-treated seven-year-old.
Somerset Jem - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Placed 0pts
Since landing a C&D handicap in December, it’s been a tale of woe for FOYLESIDEVIEW (best price 7/2)
, but he has to be given another chance to prove he’s a good deal better than his last three efforts indicate. Given too much to do when bidding to follow up three weeks later, the Dark Angel gelding was then way too keen for his own good when handed a wide draw on his next outing. A slow start and severe traffic problems were then the main contributors to his downfall at Kempton last time out, but given how well he finished off his race, it’s surely only a matter of time before everything falls into place again for Harry Chisman’s charge and today could well be the day it does.
Foylesideview - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Placed -0.3pts
PROJECT BLUEBOOK (NAP) (best price 2/1)
has shaped with plenty of encouragement on both his two starts to date and he now looks poised to put into practice what he has learnt from those initial outings. He first caught the eye with a promising run over today’s course on debut and many were prepared to follow John Quinn’s charge off the back of that run next time out at Lingfield. Unfortunately things didn’t pan out as well as connections would have liked as he got too far back in a slowly-run race, but the way he stayed on in the closing stages offers hope that a step up in trip and a better gallop may bear fruit for this promising son of Sinndar.
Project Bluebook - 2pts @ 2/1Won 4pts
MYSTICAL SAPPHIRE (best price 4/1)
gave out positive signals that she looks ready to strike on her latest outing over the C&D, and from a good foundation in stall two, the daughter of Sakhee’s Secret can return to winning ways at her happy hunting ground. In a much stronger race than the one she contests this evening, Jo Crowley’s charge stayed on well to snatch third behind the improving Mezmaar, and with the likes of Fleckerl and Loyalty both going on to frank the form since, it’s hard to envisage her not being competitive over a C&D she won over no fewer than four times.
Mystical Sapphire - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pts