Kings Apollo is one of four selections from our ace tipster Andy Holding on Thursday.
MOSCOW ME (best price 2/1)
made an impressive start to life over regulation fences at Towcester and even though the handicapper has hit him quite hard with a 12lb hike, Henry Oliver’s charge may be up to overcoming his new perch. Although it would be fair to say the strongly-fancied Gee Hi failed to run his race that day, the time figure of the race suggests it would be dangerous to underestimate the performance of the Moscow Society gelding and it should be noted that he was eased down in the closing stages. Well suited by decent ground, the chase track at the East Midland venue provides one of the best surfaces currently available for a horse with such a preference and he can provide another winner for his in-form stable.
Moscow Me - 1pt @ 2/1Lost -1pts
KINGS APOLLO (best price 12/1)
is normally a solid jumper, so it was a little bit of a surprise to see him come to grief at Newbury the other day. Still in contention and going well within himself at the time, he just got in a bit too tight to the last in the back straight (fence that claimed many victims over the three days) and failed to get his landing gear down in time. Where he would have finished is anyone’s guess, but he had gone well until his point of departure and if nothing else, that race – albeit for only a circuit and a half – would have done him the world of good. At his best when the mud was flying last season, Tom Symonds’ inmate also has a C&D next to his name under such conditions and he rates more than a dangerous floater of bottom weight if he can avoid mishap on this occasion.
Kings Apollo - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pts
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NEBULA STORM (best price 3/1)
couldn’t have been any more impressive on his first outing for Michael Blake at Southwell last time out and he looks poised to follow up that success if in the same mood. Formerly with Gary Moore, the son of Galileo hasn’t always appeared the most willing of conveyances on several occasions, but clearly the change of scenery has done him the world of good based on his performance at the Nottinghamshire track. Travelling well just in behind the speed, the eight-year-old found a nice turn of pace once given the office on the run-in and pulling right away in a short pace of time, he left the impression he could have won further had his challenge been initiated earlier. Other than Renoyr, who doesn’t have talent but finds winning difficult, this doesn’t appear to be a very strong race and it looks well within his capabilities and plenty in his favour.
Nebula Storm - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pts
The gelding operation clearly worked wonders for Oceanographer based on his Chelmsford romp, but he’s bound to be priced up accordingly and he’s unlikely to represent any value. ALDEBURGH (best price 8/1)
, on the other hand, will probably be overlooked by many due to his age and unsexy profile, but that doesn’t mean to say he hasn’t got the capacity to cause a mini-shock. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ inmate is an all-weather specialist par excellence and as he often saves all his best form for tonight’s track, he rates a decent value each-way alternative to the jolly. Yet to finish out of the frame in five starts at the Sunbury venue, the son of Oasis Dream ran right up to his best form when third in a strongly-run contest at Wolverhampton last time out and that effort puts him bang in contention for a big say in this argument.
Aldeburgh - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pts