Andy Holding struck with another winner on Thursday and he's got four bets today.
Although he got beat when well supported to make a winning seasonal return, PRIZE MONEY (NAP) (best price 11/10)
probably bumped into a Group-race performer in the shape of Taqdeer in a very smart handicap at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting and he can take the step forward into pattern company in his stride if he runs to a similar level. Looking likely to land the punt sweeping down into the dip, the son of Authorized couldn’t quite see off the looming presence of John Gosden’s giant beast on the climb to the line, but the fact that he, along with the winner pulled well clear of a useful field, suggested there was no disgrace in getting outpointed by the winner. Despite being up against the proven Group performer, Algometer, Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge is expected to come through with flying colours.
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Prize Money - 2pt @ 11/10Lost -2pt
Impressive when getting off the mark at the third time of asking under rules, RISE OF AN EMPIRE (best price 6/4)
is taken to follow up back at the scene of that C&D success. Seemingly appreciating the better underfoot conditions, Noel Meade’s charge looked a much happier horse than the one we saw previously and with the runner-up that day, Sarah Joyce, boosting the form with a cosy win herself at Clonmel last night, confidence is high that the son of Stowaway can follow suit.
Rise Of An Empire - 1pt @ 6/4Won 1.5pt
CAPPADOCIA (best price 11/2)
ran to a level way beyond his rating at Dundalk last time out and even though he’s been raised a whopping 13lb by the handicapper, that extra burden still may not be enough to prevent the son of Mujadil from going in again. Having his first start for the excellent James Feane stable, the six-year-old hit the ball out of the park on the figures at the Co Lough track that evening and on the evidence of that display, his Co Kildare handler has clearly found the key to his new acquisition. Well drawn toward the fence in stall 16, it’s just a case of whether he can translate that all-weather performance back on turf.
Cappadocia - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Lost -2pt
Providing connections of DIXIE HIGHWAY (best price 12/1)
are happy enough with their charge following last night’s romp over hurdles at Clonmel, Patrick Flynn’s charge looks to have a gilt-edged opportunity of making a mockery of his current rating on the Flat. On the evidence of his last two performances over hurdles, the son of Jeremy has clearly taken over a new lease of life and it would come as something of a body blow if he wasn’t capable of going close off a mark of just 45 on his return to the level.
Dixie Highway - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Non Runner