In-form tipster Andy Holding has six selections on Hennessy Gold Cup day.
(best price 16/1)
has run some smashing races in his short career so far over fences and he looks overpriced on the pick of his very best form. Although he’s yet to win in eight chase starts, he has faced opposition such as Vautour, Blood Cotil and Sizing Granite in those defeats and he once again ran to a very high standard last time out when chasing home the hugely talented Velvet Maker in a strongly run affair at Naas. Having run extremely well up to the point where he fell on his previous visit to today’s course last season, Denis Cullen’s charge makes quite a bit of each-way appeal at 16/1 with four places on offer.
DYSIOS - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Lost -1pts
BALLYDINE (best price 9/4)
looked like a copper-bottomed stayer when landing a Stratford novice hurdle 30 days ago and he can put that endless stamina to good use tackling what appears to be by far and away his toughest task to date. Sent to the front with over a circuit to race at the Midland track, Richard Johnson was clearly confident that his mount would see out the end-to-end gallop that afternoon and after seeing off his rivals one by one, the son of Stowaway powered his way to an impressive 10 length victory. Although he’s up against plenty of unknown quantities this afternoon, it would be slightly disappointing if he fails to justify his position in the market.
BALLYDINE - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pts
As Missed Approach proved yesterday, Warren Greatrex has his horses right on the money at present and ALOOMOMO (best price 13/2)
is fancied to keep up the good work for the Upper Lambourn handler despite his rapid rise in the ratings. Impressive winner of his two races so far this season, the son of Tirwanako has risen 21lb off the back of those demolition jobs, but with the ground very much in his favour, this bold-jumping, powerful galloper looks primed to put up another bold display.
ALOOMOMO - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2Won 4.06pts
(best price 11/4)
won apologising on his chasing debut at Ayr last time and even a 12lb hike in the weights may not be enough to prevent Lucinda Russell’s charge going in again. Always in command, the son of Craigsteel impressed with the manner he jumped and travelled at the Scottish venue and it’s almost impossible to tell how much he had in hand given he only had to be nudged out hands and heels on the run-in. Seemingly well suit by a flat, galloping track on good ground, Town Moor looks tailor made for this improving and unexposed five-year-old.
JACK STEEL - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pts
It was nice to see
(best price 6/4)
gain a confidence-boosting success after several near misses and he looks to have been found a particularly weak affair in order to follow up that smooth victory. Always travelling like a winner at the West Country venue, Dave Dennis’ inmate only had to be shaken up to draw readily clear of the well-fancied Present Man in the closing stages and as the overall time and final circuit were by some way the best on the card, the son of Kayf Tara should prove way too good for his rivals given the evidence of those findings.
FINAL NUDGE - 2pts @ 6/4Won 3pts
(best price 7/1)
had to be carried off on his shield at Cheltenham last time out this consistent and likeable sort has everything in his favour to run his usual game race. Hardly ever out the frame, John Spearing’s charge kept up that incredible record of placed efforts when third in an ultra-competitive affair at Prestbury Park and considering that he was on the sharp end of a mother-and-father of a gallop from the outset, the performance was even more meritorious.
PEARLS LEGEND - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.2pts