Andy Holding struck with a 14/1 winner and 20/1 runner-up on Friday - today's tips here.
As we saw here yesterday with Party Rock, anything can win these big-field handicaps at this time of year, so it probably pays to tread with caution. Looking towards those who don’t necessarily jump off the page at first glance, UBAK (best price 16/1)
has enough quality to go well at a price and his fine third in the Coral Cup certainly gives him a better chance than his odds suggest. Prior to that, Gary Moore’s charge had posted another solid performance on the board when runner-up in the National Spirit at Fontwell, and let’s not forget, his best ever display came over this track in a Grade 1 chase. Given how the Colin Tizzard horses keep chugging along unabatedly, it would be folly not to have more than a second glance at MURRAYANA (best price 28/1)
. The son of King’s Theatre showed plenty of grit and determination to score under testing conditions last time and with the likes of Champagne At Tara, Almost Gemini, Rock On Rocky and Party Rock all running well out of the race since, the form looks rock-solid.
Ubak - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Won 10pts
Murrayana - 0.5pts e/w @ 28/1Placed 3pts
Although behind The Moore Factor in a maiden at the Curragh on his seasonal return, ARDMORE (best price 9/1)
shaped with just as much promise as Dermot Weld’s inmate and he rates the percentage each-way call at the prices. Held up after a tardy start, Jim Bolger’s charge made some good late headway without being subjected to a hard ride and from a favourable low draw and extra furlong a big help, the son of Whipper should be good enough to finish in the frame at the very least.
Ardmore - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -2pts
The race NEWSMAN (best price 13/8)
was third in on his seasonal reappearance was a quality one of its kind and having already scored over today’s track as a two-year-old, Johnny Murtagh’s inmate is fancied to get the better of Thursday’s Limerick winner, Niven. Even allowing for a soundly-run race at the Co Kildare venue, the Makfi colt shaped as though seven furlongs wasn’t a sufficient enough test, so the step up in trip on heavy ground should provide him with the perfect conditions to regain the winning thread.
Newsman - 1pt @ 13/8Lost -1pts
As Party Rock proved at Aintree yesterday, Jennie Candlish’s team are bang on the money at present and GROVE SILVER (best price 3/1)
can provide the Staffordshire handler with yet more success in this competitive handicap chase. Although yet to land a prize this season, the son of Gamut has been running consistently well – even when the yard was out of nick – and with his third over the C&D behind Henri Parry Morgan advertised on numerous occasions by the winner since, he has the form in the book to give the weight away.
Grove Silver - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pts
Having run well against two genuine Grade 1 horse in maiden hurdles in Ireland for Philip Enright, MADFUNINTHEWEST (best price 16/1)
is a very interesting runner on his first start for new connections off what could turn out to be a decent mark of 133. Although he’s only been with David Dennis a short while, hopefully the son of Jeremy will not suffer any ill effects from acclimatising to his new surroundings and given that all his best form has been gained on a soft surface, any overnight rain will further aid his cause.
Madfuninthewest - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Lost -1pts