Two more winners for the profit-making machine Andy Holding yesterday - today's bets here.
FERGAL MAEL DUIN (best price 9-2) has been a bit of an underachiever in his career so far to date, but there’s every chance a change in stable might allow the eight-year-old to recapture some of his old promise. Good enough to finish second to the likes of Irish Cavalier and Cheltenian over hurdles back in 2014, the fact that he’s only managed to score once in ten subsequent starts tells its own story and one of the main contributory factors to his poor win-to-run ratio has been his sloppy jumping. Hopefully, his new taskmaster Colin Tizzard can iron out his faults as there’s no doubt he has the ability to do well in this sphere off his current handicap mark if putting in an error-free round.
As she has proved on her last two starts, KANDAHARI (NAP) (best price 9-1) is a force to be reckoned with on soft ground and she’s taken to confirm form with Papal Parade on their latest clash at Gowran 31 days ago. Staying on strongly in the latter stages, the daughter of Archipenko readily brushed aside Eamonn O’Connell’s charge and even though the handicapper has seen fit to raise her in the ratings to the tune of 11lb subsequently, she still looks capable of keeping up to speed with her new perch. Moreover, the she has the services of a talented young apprentice to take a valuable 7lb off (seen to good effect on a 33-1 winner yesterday) and with today’s stiff track also likely to suit, John McConnell’s inmate rates a decent wager at her early morning quotes quotes.
Two wins in three starts suggests FLORENCIO (best price 6-1) has a distinct preference for an all-weather surface rather than turf and following another sound performance on the Polytrack at Chelmsford last time out, Willie Muir’s charge is fancied to continue the positive trend. Housed in the un-favourable outside box at the Essex track nine days ago, the son of Equiano did remarkably well in the circumstances to finish as close-up as he did behind the smooth winner Jameerah, and with the time figure of the race suggesting it was a fair one of its kind, the form looks fairly solid. Better draw tonight and facing arguably less exacting rivals, the three-year-old appears overpriced given how many boxes he ticks.