It's a quiet Monday of racing but Andy Holding has two bets over the jumps.
2.00 Newton Abbot
In theory, this should be a stroll in the park for track regular Ivor’s Queen and while the betting also agrees with that sentiment, SOLSTALLA (best price 5-1) may be capable of offering some kind of resistance for those looking for a solid alternative. Improving with each start, David Weston’s inmate got her just rewards for a series of fine placed efforts with a comfortable win at Worcester last time out and given that she accounted for the well-fancied and 106-rated Angel Face with a bit to spare, she thoroughly deserves her new perch of 110. Clearly, she’s going to have to find a whole heap more to trouble the jolly, but at least she should get a nice tow into the race following Colin Tizzard’s charge from flag fall and with nothing else of great significance in the race, the daughter of Halling looks the proverbial bet to nothing for all the each-way thieves.
4.00 Newton Abbot
There’s every chance there could be a significant going change at the West Country venue if the forecast showers materialise during the day and with that in mind, QUINTO (best price 8-1) looks one of the few who will benefit from any ease underfoot. Formerly with John Quinn, the son of Desideratum ran a series of fine races for the Malton handler, most notably when he beat subsequent Ayr scorer Gully’s Edge in a proper stamina test on heavy ground at Catterick back in January. Although tougher assignments in handicaps behind the likes of Emerging Force and Takingrisks just found him out thereafter, he still ran with a great deal of credit on both starts and with the change of stable hopefully inducing some sort of improvement, the lightly-raced six-year-old could easily have a say in the argument if cherry-ripe on his first outing for new connections.