Just two picks from Andy today but he has a FOUR-POINT NAP at Wolverhampton.
MR ANTOLINI (best price 7-1), an unlucky loser over today’s C&D two starts ago, made up for that untimely incident when scoring at Gowran last time out and he can carry forward that renewed confidence on his return to Ballybrit. The way he stuck on well for pressure to finally gain just rewards for many near misses 11 days ago indicates Garrett Power’s charge has a fairly tough constitution, and with Ruby Walsh once again doing the services in the saddle, he rates a decent each-way alternative to the obvious form pick, and short-priced favourite, Aspen Colorado.
MR BLACK (NAP) (best price 7-4) improved significantly when asked to race on the all-weather for the first time at Kempton last time out and he doesn’t appear too harshly treated based on that performance on nursery debut. Unsuited by a soft surface on his opening bow on turf at Thirsk, George Scott’s charge was a totally different proposition on Polytrack 11 days ago when running out a comfortable winner of a soundly-run 5f maiden, and with the speed figure recorded being the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the seven-race card (always a good sign when a 2yo beats the older horses on the clock), it was clearly a performance of some note. Handily drawn for his Tapeta debut this evening, hopefully the son of Showcasing has little trouble adapting to the slightly different surface and providing he runs to a similar level to the one he achieved at the Sunbury venue, a quick follow up looks a distinct possibility for this promising colt.