Andy Holding has SIX selections on a very busy Sunday, including a two-point nap at Uttoxeter.
ARCADA (best price 5-1)
created a favourable impression on his debut at Leopardstown 10 days ago and he has every chance of providing his in-form rookie handler another winner granted just normal improvement. Last turning into the short home straight at the Dublin venue, the son of Rip Van Winkle picked up really nicely in the closing stages to finish a never-nearer eighth in a decent contest and on the evidence of that performance he should improve significantly for that initial experience and today’s step up in trip.
Arcada - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Lost -2pts
NIKKI STEEL (NAP) (best price 10-11)
clocked a smart speed figure when he landed a maiden hurdle over today’s C&D on his first outing for new connections and this looks another decent opportunity of Dr Newland’s charge to continue his progression. The feature of that performance 11 days ago was the way he travelled throughout the contest and that high cruising speed allied to a smart turn of foot can prove to be the determining factor in the final calculations.
Nikki Steel - 2pts @ 10/11Lost -2pts
SHARP RISE (best price 4-1)
ran out an impressive 17-lengths victor on his first outing for new connections at Worcester last time out and he can continue hid rapid rise through the ranks by taking this competitive-looking chase. A bold-jumping, front runner, Charlie Longsdon’s inmate employed those tactics to the max at the Midland venue 22 days ago, running his six rivals into the ground, and even though he faces some potential pace pressure up front courtesy of Next Sensation and Ink Master, the son of Croco Rouge, he has the necessary qualities to come through.
SHARP RISE - 1pt @ 4/1Won 4pts
Local trainer Jimmy Moffatt was bang on the money with Altruism here on Thursday and another of his stable stars, MORNING ROYALTY (best price 3-1)
, can provide the Cumbrian handler with another notable success at this fixture. The son of King’s Theatre, a previous winner around this unique venue, confirmed his liking for this tight track when running out a wide-margin winner over today’s C&D last time out and this strong-travelling type is expected to go well again off the back of another likely sound pace.
MORNING ROYALTY - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pts
ARDHOOMEY (best price 8-1)
remains a thoroughly progressive sprinter and despite a defeat last time out at Cork the last day, he’s worthy of strong support in this quality handicap. Fourth in this race last year from a bad draw, Ger Lyon’s charge has gone on to continue through the ranks and following impressive victories and Dundalk and Navan, he completed his hat trick at Cork two starts ago with his trademark turn of foot once again the dominant force. Although he failed in his bid to keep his winning run going last time out, soft ground rather blunted his finishing kick, but with conditions very much back in his favour, the son of Dark Angel looks booked for another bold display from his favourable high draw.
ARDHOOMEY - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pts
EDDYSTONE STONE (best price 9-2)
has been well plotted up by his handler Johnny Murtagh and the hat trick looks well within the capabilities of the three-year-old based on the evidence of his last two victories. A minor success at Wexford was total eclipsed by his performance at Navan last time out and the way he quickened up in the latter stages of that strongly-run contest suggests the son of Rock Of Gibraltar is improving at a rapid rate of knots.
Eddystone Rock - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Lost -0.1pts