Andy Holding has been in cracking form this week and he's got four great AW bets today.
GOKEN (best price 10/3)
looks like he’s been saved specifically for this race having not been seen out since scoring impressively over the C&D back in November and considering that was his first run for new connections, there’s every chance there may be more improvement to come. Getting a lovely tow through the race courtesy of Skinny Love and Medicean Man setting strong fractions that day, Kevin Ryan’s charge then quickened on demand as the gap opened up for him off the home turn and, staying on stoutly all the way to the line, he never looked like getting caught from that point on. Likely to receive a similar set-up with tons of pace signed on, the son of Kendergent should get the perfect trip once again if holding his position from his favoured inside gate and it will take a decent horse to outrun him down the straight once in full cry.
Goken - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Placed -0.3pts
Wildly impressive when landing the fast-track qualifier at Wolverhampton back in December, MOONRISE LANDING (best price 9/4)
can prove she is the queen of the all-weather staying division in the final of this event. Since been asked to race on a synthetic surface and upped in trip, Ralph Beckett’s mare hasn’t looked back and not only was she visually spectacular in beating the smart Anglophile at the Dunstall Park venue, the time she produced also suggested the performance was a very classy one. Clearly a very strong stayer with a useful turn of foot, obviously she will require a decent pace to at maximum capacity, but as there’s a big field in attendance and several front runners likely to ensure a sound gallop, trouble in running may prove to be her only foe in her attempt to complete the four-timer.
Moonrise Landing - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pts
Polytrack, Fibresand and Tapeta surfaces all seem to come alike to the incredibly versatile GANG WARFARE (best price 9/2)
and even though Simon Crisford’s inmate is up another 7lb for his career-high performance at Southwell last time (three subsequent winners out of the race), that knuckle-slapping attempt by the handicapper still might not be enough to derail this ultra-progressive gelding. The feature of his last three performances have been the way he’s travelled through his races and that high cruising speed should enable him to gain the ground-saving trip around the inside from the one box and have plenty left in the locker for the final kick to the line.
Gang Warfare - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 5.4pts
Unlucky not to claim this prize last year, SOVEREIGN DEBT (NAP) (best price 3/1)
is strongly fancied to make amends following the perfect preparation twelve months on. Dandy Nicholls’ inmate is about as reliable as your likely to find in Group 3 and listed company and he once again ran up to his very best form last time out at Wolverhampton, staying on well late on only to fail in a head-bobbing finish to the progressive Mister Universe. As that effort came off a 115-day break, it’s logical to anticipate improvement to come from the son of Dark Angel, and given that he finished in front of the likes of Mindurownbusiness, Lunar Deity and Captain Joy despite meeting a whole heap of trouble last year, the likable seven-year-old is expected to confirm the form from his favoured inside draw.
Sovereign Debt - 2pts e/w @ 10/3Placed -0.67pts