Andy Holding bids to the week off to a flying start with three bets.
(best odds 4-1) arrives here right on top of his game following two impressive victories at Cork and Sligo and Thomas Gibney's charge is strongly fancied to complete a quick hat trick on his first start in handicap company. The son of Mahler got his just rewards for a series of near misses against some smart novices with a smooth success at the former venue and carrying that confidence forward, he was even more impressive bearing four useful types with plenty to spare last time. On each occasion he's impressed by the way he's travelled through his races and that high cruising speed should stand him in good stead racing around a track where holding your position is crucial.
AH LITTLELUCK - 1pt @ 4/1Won 4pt
(best price 5-1) has run two encouraging races and looks ready to step up to the plate running over a trip that should bring about further improvement. John McConnell's inmate first caught the eye when keeping on well from the back of the field to be a never-nearer sixth over today's course two starts ago and she followed that up with an almost identical run at Fairyhouse last week. Finding herself with plenty to do at halfway after a tardy beginning, the daughter of Roderic O'Connor finished strongest of all down the outside to get within hailing distance of the main protagonists at the line and on the evidence of that performance, tonight's extra two furlongs should prove to be right up her street.
PHEBES DREAM - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Placed 0pt
(best price 7-2) clocked a smart speed figure for the grade at Goodwood last time and is taken to back up that improved effort and go in again. With blinkers back on and switching to the minimum trip, Richard Hannon's charge bounced back to form in no uncertain terms, scoring emphatically by four lengths, and with plenty of solid form at tonight's track in the locker, the son of Kyllachy clearly has very persuasive claims off despite the impost of 11lbs extra.
WILEY POST - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pt