Andy Holding has three tips that can see 2015 out on a punting high.
The strong handling of Luke Morris helped convince GHOST TRAIN (best price 7/1)
to put his best foot forward over the C&D last time out and with the number one all-weather rider called up to take the ride again, the locally-trained six-year-old makes plenty of appeal when glancing at the early odds for this 6f handicap. Often a keen-going sort, the son of Holy Roman Emperor sometimes hasn’t found as much for pressure as expected, but there was no questioning the turn of foot he found off the bridle here 15 days ago as he pulled readily clear of his field in the latter stages. On top of that, the time figure indicated it was a decent performance for the grade and with the in-form runner-up Triple Dream giving the form a solid look to it, there’s no reason why Tim McCarthy’s inmate shouldn’t go well again from his favoured inside draw.
Ghost Train - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Placed -0.2pts
CAMBODIA (best price 5/2)
shaped with a degree of promise on debut at Kempton 15 days ago and he should have learnt sufficiently to be a potent force in this similar assignment. Dropped in from his wide draw at the Surrey venue, Chris Wall’s charge impressed with the way he finished off his race in the latter stages and as the winner, Severini, is held in the highest regard by Richard Hughes, it’s safe to say the son of Fast Company ran to a fair standard first time off the shelf. To add further weight behind his prospects, the fifth horse home that day, Storm Ahead, went on to boost the form with a win in a similar maiden next time, so it all points in the direction of this nicely-bred sort to run a huge race from his favourable draw.
Cambodia - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pts
Val O’Brien’s rich vein of form continued when Clar Na Mionn scored for the Co Galway handler at Leopardstown three days ago and ICE COOL (NAP) (best price 13/8)
can keep the pot boiling over nicely as he bids to follow up his smooth success at Clonmel from a week earlier. Having his first start for new connections since leaving Michael Cullinane, the Iceman gelding turned in an impressive display, making all the running to win by an eased-down two-and-three-quarter lengths from Mr Jaggers, with 16 others rivals scattered all over the Co Tipperary venue in behind. Running here quickly under just a 6lb penalty, connections are obviously trying to strike while the iron is hot before the handicapper has a chance to dish out a more realistic punishment and even though he’s dropping back down in trip from 2m 4f, he exhibited the kind of cruising speed that day to dispel any fears on that score.
Ice Cool - 2pts @ 13/8Won 3.25pts