Edward O’Grady’s inmate is one of four bets from form expert Andy Holding on Friday.
Although CRAIGANBOY (best price 15/2)
has yet to win a race in eight attempts, he’s gone close to breaking his duck on several occasions and he’s certainly got enough natural ability to be competitive in a race of this kind given his overall form. Indeed, he looked like getting off the mark over today’s C&D four starts ago when arriving on the scene seemingly travelling better than short-priced favourite Oldgrangewood but in the end, he couldn’t quite go with the eventual winner on the run-in, who was 17lb his superior in any case. Possibly failing to see out 2m 5f back at the Scottish venue next time out, Stuart Crawford’s inmate was once again unlucky to bump into a smart prospect in the shape of Thebarrowman at Navan when reverting to the minimum trip on his latest start, but a repeat of that level of form should be good enough to see the son of Zagreb bang on the premises off a mark of 118.
Craiganboy - 1pt e/w @ 15/2Lost -2pt
GULLY’S EDGE (best price 6/1)
is highly regarded by the Malcolm Jefferson camp and this future chasing type looks set to go well on his first start in handicap company. Improving with each outing, the son of Kayf Tara jumped better than he did the time before when running out a resounding winner over the useful Net Work Rouge at Hexham last time out and with stamina very much his number one asset, today’s trip on the rain-softened ground should prove ideal for this likeable individual.
Of the dangers, CALEDONIA (best price 6/1)
is well worth a small saver just in case the main selection fails to deliver the goods. A proper track specialist, Jim Goldie’s charge just found the ground on a sharp track catching him out last time out, but now returning to his happy hunting ground with underfoot conditions to suit, he should also be capable of going close.
GULLY’S EDGE - 1pt @ 6/1Won 6pt
CALEDONIA - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pt
ROCONGA (NAP)(best price 2/1)
endured a horrible passage throughout the latter stages of his all-weather debut here three weeks ago and is strongly fancied to make amends in a race where few make any sort of appeal. Sent off a well-backed favourite off the back of a fairly lucrative career in bumpers and over hurdles, Edward O’Grady’s inmate was coming with what appeared to be a potent challenge at the two furlong pole when he had the door well and truly shut in his face and was almost knocked over the rail. Regathering his equilibrium, unfortunately he didn’t have enough time to reel back the front two who got first run, but the way he finished off his race close home suggested he would have won with a bit in hand with a clear run. Even though he’s dropping back in trip tonight, the way he travels and the turn of foot he’s displayed in his bumper victories point towards him being capable of coping with this shorter distance and despite the lurking presence of Taqaseem in the line-up, it would be disappointing if he wasn’t in the mix.
ROCONGA - 2pt @ 2/1Won 4pt