Andy Holding's Thursday Racing Tips
Forecast Prices: Sheikha Reika 5/2, Hula Girl 10/3, Ocala 6/1, Playfull Spirit 5/1, Improve 7/1, Smart Dart 20/1, Private View 8/1, Princess Harley 20/1, Gilded Heaven 20/1, Lady Safeara 33/1, Maid Up 66/1, Angel Of The North 66/1, Midnight In Paris 100/1, Jackie Sparrow 100/1
Last Year's Race: Tomyris, 3, 9 0, S De Sousa, 11/4, R Varian, 8 ran
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Hula Girl appeared to run well enough in a Listed race here in November but she didn’t appear to get home when tried over 7f at Leicester in September. SHEIKHA REIKA, on the other hand, stays a mile and was probably unlucky not to win last year, especially here in September when only beaten a neck. She’s been beaten at short odds the last twice but her debut run behind Soliloquy at Ascot was decent form and she looks the one to beat if fully wound-up. Several of these have been running on the all-weather including Ocala and Playfull Spirit and both that pair have claims. Private View will almost certainly improve on her run at Kempton in October and Smart Dart also has scope. Improve is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Persuasive, among others, so is well worth a market check.
Sheikha Reika is the one who stands out on form having filled second place in all three of her starts last season. When last seen the daughter of Shamardal only found a subsequent Listed winner too good at Nottingham, but recent performances by her stablemates suggest that she may need the run today. The likes of Hula Girl, Ocala, Playfull Spirit and Private View should all win races based on their previous efforts but a chance can be taken with IMPROVE. William Haggas' unraced filly cost 150,000 euros as a yearling and she is a half-sister to last year's QEII winner Persuasive as well as Tisbutadream, who won at Listed level in 2017. The yard have been in very good form so far this season and it would be no surprise to see her go extremely well on debut.
Prediction: 1st Improve, 2nd Sheikha Reika, 3rd Private View