In-form Andy Holding thinks Kerry Lee could saddle a big-race winner at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.
KNIGHTS TABLE (best price 9/4)
ran with plenty of promise in a hot maiden over today’s C&D 14 days ago and should easily be capable of landing a similar contest with just normal improvement. Well fancied judged by the market activity that day, James Tate’s charge just lacked the track craft to justify the money in his direction but, as the time of the race suggested it was probably a warm heat in any case, it’s safer to take the view he was unlucky to be involved in such a tear-up first time off the shelf.
Knights Table - 1pt @ 9/4Lost -1pt
The red-hot form of Kerry Lee shows no signs of abating and TOP GAMBLE (NAP) (best price 13/8)
looks primed to provide the Herefordshire handler with her second Graded race success in three days. Arriving here one of the few horses with no recent convictions, the son of Presenting confirmed his wellbeing with an authoritative victory in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury last time out and even though you could argue the form amounts to very little given the suspect nature of Dodging Bullets’ performance, the eight-year-old has loads more top-quality form in the book to suggest that slight negative can be overlooked.
Top Gamble - 2pt @ 13/8Won 3.25pt
The final of this series is chocked full of future chasing types, and one of the most imposing and scopey individuals that will surely pay his way when he tackles fences next season is ROBIN THYME (best price 8/1)
. Gradually improving with each outing, Gordon Elliot’s inmate got his just rewards for many previous useful efforts with a sparkling display of raw stamina at Punchestown last time out and with the step up in trip and Ruby Walsh seen as huge positives towards his chance here today, the son of Robin Des Champs makes plenty of appeal.
Robin Thyme - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pt
Missing out on the County Hurdle was obviously a big body blow to connections of DESOTO COUNTY (best price 3/1)
, but this pot should provide Gordon Elliot’s charge with ample compensation. Laid out for the Coral Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown after scoring easily on his seasonal reappearance at Thurles, the Hernando gelding had to be considered a shade unfortunate not to take home the lion’s share of the prize after failing to receive a smooth passage at a crucial stage rounding the home turn. Once out in the clear, the seven-year-old grey fairly rattled home to finish a never-nearer third and providing he gets a better rub of the green this time around, it’s hard to envisage not running a huge race off his current mark.
Desoto County - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pt