Andy struck with a 9-4 winner yesterday and he's got four bets from around the tracks today.
Three-year-olds - such as Cliffs Of Dover - have proven that juveniles in handicaps at this time of year can be dangerous beasts and in the shape of MILROW (NAP) (best price 5-4), he looks another poised to take advantage of his current mark. A winner of a handicap himself off a rating of 116 two starts back at Perth, Dr Newland’s charge was a shade unfortunate to bump into the similarly well-treated and expertly-ridden Robinshill at Wetherby last time out, but as he finished nicely clear of the rest, it was still a fair effort all the same. Seemingly better suited by hold-up tactics as his career has developed over hurdles, a decent pace and a flat, right-handed track over two miles are his optimum conditions, so there shouldn’t be too many excuses offered up if the son of Tamayuz fails to take care of this field.
OMEGA SPRINGS (best price 5-2) proved last week that he remains in great heart at present and he’s worth keeping on side in this sort of grade. A winner of an ultra-competitive heat at Gowran three starts ago, Liam Casey’s charge did little wrong when trying to follow up under a penalty the next time at Punchestown, and he once again ran his heart out seven days ago at Clonmel. Held up out the back, the son of Great Exhibition made steady ground to race on the heels of leaders approaching the home turn and although he failed to overhaul the well-fancied Orchard Road in the latter stages, the pair pulled nicely clear of the rest in a decent time figure. If anything, today’s contest looks slightly weaker with regards to bang-in-form rivals, and knowing that he goes well for Danny Mullins and has decent ground in his favour, the in-form eight-year-old should easily better last year’s fifth place position in this corresponding race.
Track position and the run of the race definitely favoured Acertwo when accounting for WENTWELL YESTERDAY (best price 2-1) here five days ago, but in a smaller field and being drawn next to each other should give the latter every chance to gain his revenge. A good five lengths behind as the field turned for home, Jamie Osbourne’s charge fairly rattled home once out in the clear and as long as he can keep tabs on his main market rival in the early stages, that elusive success may deservedly well come his way.
BRIGLIADORO (best price 3-1) proved that he got the trip well enough on his first attempt over 1m 2f here last week and if he’d got a better rub of the green, he may have struck at the first time of asking beyond a mile. In a messy race, Charlie McBride’s charge came from an unpromising position to finish a never-nearer runner-up to the bang-in-form Banditry, and he’s worth another punt to continue his overall good work of late.