Venetia Williams' emphatic Ascot winner is one of Andy Holding's selections today.
Graeme McPherson’s team must be on a diet of spinach given how his horses are performing at present and following a C&D win on his first outing for the Gloucestershire outfit last time out, HOLLY BUSH HENRY (best price 9/4)
is a strong fancy to repeat the dose on handicap debut. Formerly with Jonjo O’Neill, the son of Yeats made mincemeat of his seven rivals in a useful maiden hurdle 15 days ago and even though this contest is clearly more competitive field size-wise, he exhibited enough quality to offset any negative thoughts regarding his lack of experience.
Holly Bush Henry - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pts
A coat of paint separated SCEAU ROYAL (best price 5/2)
and Adrien Du Pont when they clashed at Chepstow earlier in the season and while the stewards cruelly took the race away from the former after a narrow victory, Alan King’s charge can prove a point by winning fair and square on this occasion. Although the son of Doctor Dino was beaten subsequently by Leoncavallo and Wetherby, he improved significantly to lower the colours of a strongly-fancied Dan Skelton newcomer at Warwick on his latest outing and he can go some way to forcing himself towards the top of the juvenile tree with a notable victory here.
Sceau Royal - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pts
As Aachen proved yesterday, things are still tickety boo with the Venetia Williams’ stable and in the shape of TENOR NIVERNAIS (best price 12/1)
, she has another big-race contender capable of plundering another Saturday prize. Although by no means that obviously well handicapped, the son of Shaanmer has that vital component of being able of grinding out a result when conditions are testing and given that the forecast for Saturday is pretty poor to say the least, he’s likely to be in his element more than most.
Tenor Nivernais - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1Placed 1pt
Despite a nagging doubt about the trip, the price available for FINAL NUDGE (best price 13/2)
is a big enough nugget to make the risk worth taking. Impressive when easily outpointing the well-fancied Present Man over 2m 5f on heavy ground at Wincanton two starts ago, David Dennis’ inmate produced an even better performance on the figures next time, given weight and a 15 length head start to the useful Tippmanboy at Bangor over 2m. The time figure of the race suggested it was a smart effort by the son of Kayf Tara, he just has to go and prove himself over an extra mile – which is where the element of guesswork begins.
Final Nudge - 1pt @ 13/2
Those of us that sided with GREY DESTINY (best price 9/2)
here four days ago are fully aware that in supporting him again, he clearly isn’t going to receive the maximum assistance in the saddle from his inexperienced pilot. Considering the grey son of Desideratum was taken down a blind alley down the home straight which cost him valuable momentum at a crucial stage, he did really well to recover his poise and finish as close up as he did and while he continues to prove his current wellbeing, he’s worth persevering with to small stakes at a track he loves despite the impediments in the saddle.
Grey Destiny - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2Won 2.7pts