Andy Holding has some cracking bets on a busy Saturday of racing action.
ROUSAYAN (best price 8/1)
clocked a decent time for a workaday Northern handicap at Beverley on his seasonal reappearance and with his yard beginning to hit full stride in the last few weeks, confidence is high that David O’Meara’s inmate can provide the upper Helmsley handler with another Saturday winner. Although his only two career victories have been gained at the Yorkshire venue, he does have solid form elsewhere to suggest he’s not just a one-trick pony regarding course preferences and with a strong pace looking most likely, this smooth travelling type should get the perfect tow through he requires to produce his best.
ROUSAYAN - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1Placed 0.3pts
WICK POWELL (NAP) (best price 10/3)
clocked the sort of speed figure to suggest he’s an above-average juvenile when making a winning debut on the Fibresand at Southwell and if he’s just as affective on his first try on turf, David Barron’s inmate had a good chance of competing in this stiffer company. Showing a high cruising speed throughout, the son of Sahkee’s Secret pulled readily clear of his field without being asked too many serious questions and with those in behind, such as Mailshot, Who Told Jo Jo and Vona (winner of a listed race at York), all proving the worth of the form subsequently, hopes are high that this likeable sort can follow suit.
WICK POWELL - 2pts @ 10/3Non Runner
LAGANORE (best price 6/1)
blew away her handicap future with a breath-taking display at Navan last time and is well worth her place alongside some smart fillies and mares in this Group 3 prize on the evidence of that performance. Stepping up in trip, Tony Martin’s charge was nothing short of a revelation at the Co Kildare venue that day, quickening up like a really useful type in the latter stages to win with any amount in hand. The time figure she posted also backed up the visual impression she created that afternoon, and with an extra two furlongs likely to induce further improvement, the daughter of Fastnet Rock can make her mark in pattern company at the first time of asking.
LAGANORE - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1Lost -1pts
For all Sade fans (one for the old school brigade), SWEETEST TABOO (best price 6/1)
will be a popular winner for those that enjoyed the easy listening of the 80’s sultry diva and on the evidence of her last two runs, the daughter of Camacho has every chance of being smooth operator against today’s opponents. Just one win in 13 races doesn’t exactly set the pulses racing, but her last two outings when runner-up at Tipperary on each occasion indicate Willie McCreery’s filly is banging on the door extremely loudly. Indeed, her speed figures on both starts suggest she’s right on top of her game at present and hailing from a stable in unstoppable form – particularly with their fillies – everything looks set fair for a big effort.
SWEETEST TABOO - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.5pts
Arriving here in terrific shape from his exploits over hurdles, SEEYOUALLINCOPPERS (best price 5/2)
has the look of a potential handicap blot back on the level. Fourth a red-hot handicap at the Punchestown Festival back in April, Gordon Elliot’s charge backed up the impression he created that day when landing a similar contest at Cork the last day. Rated 123 now over hurdles, the son of Saffron Walden gets the opportunity to race here off a mark of just 48 and given that he’s often at his best when patiently ridden in big-field, strongly-run handicaps, this race looks tailor-made for his run-style.
SEEYOUALLINCOPPERS - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pts
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MAXI CHOP (best price 2/1)
has been clocking times to suggest he’s a good deal better than his current rating and he can complete a quick hat trick following a couple of successes in the hunter chase division. Formerly trained by Paul Nicholls when slightly disappointing under rules, the eight-year-old gelding has clearly taken over a new lease of life for Rose Loxton on his last two starts and now back in the care of the Ditcheat handler, the revitalised son of Muhaymin has the look of a well-handicapped horse on his return to racing against
Maxi Chop - 1pt @ 2/1Lost -1pts