In-form Andy Holding has three bets today PLUS an ante-post bet for Champions Day at Ascot.
CANARY ROW (best price 10-1) is well accustomed to running in these big-field handicaps and with a good draw and conditions in his favour, Paddy Prendergast’s consistent six-year-old looks set fair for another bold display. Arriving here off the back of a gutsy effort when landing a competitive affair at the Listowel Festival, the son of Holy Roman Emperor once again proved his appetite for soft ground and with the front-running Tribal Path likely to give him a nice lead drawn two stalls outside him, he has the ideal platform to work himself into the thick of the action rounding the home bend.
The policy to change the location of stables has seemingly worked wonders for the Tim Vaughan barn and his excellent run looks set to continue with BUCKING THE TREND (best price 6-1) in this competitive handicap hurdle. Better known for his exploits over fences last season, the son of Kayf Tara rounded off a productive season with a fine second to Al Co at Aintree and he doesn’t appear too badly treated on his return to hurdling off the back of a welcome break.
PRICKLY (best price 12-1) was a shade disappointing when sent off a warm favourite at Down Royal last time out, but whereas we were asked to take 6-4 about Edward O’Grady’s charge that night, 12-1 makes far more appeal on this occasion. The way he travelled at the Co Down venue for the majority of the journey suggested he was going to justify he market position, but when push came to shove in the latter stages, he couldn’t quite go with the front two. However, given that the time figure was very good and the fast ground probably suited the front pair better, the son of Definite Article can be forgiven to a certain degree, and now back on an easier surface and a bigger field, he should get the ideal opportunity to show his true colours.
Quipco Long Distance Cup - Ascot, October 15
With ante-post favourite, Order Of St George, running in the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe this afternoon, now looks the ideal time to exploit the possibility that Aidan O’Brien’s Ascot Gold Cup hero won’t be asked to run again this season and in the shape of FORGOTTEN RULES (best price 9-1), he looks the obvious each-way alternative at the current prices.Winner of this race in 2014, Dermot Weld’s charge was back to defend his crown last year, but unfortunately he never got a proper chance to do so as he got constantly stopped in his run all the way down the home straight. Likely to be back for another attempt, the son of Nayef should arrive here in two weeks’ time cherry-ripe following a promising comeback effort at the Curragh behind the race-fit and strong stayer, Twilight Payment, and providing he gets his favoured ease in the ground on the day, it’s hard to see the classy six-year-old not having a huge say in the outcome.