Grey Destiny is one of five selections from Andy Holding on a bumper Saturday of racing.
CROSSE FIRE (best price 7/2)
arrives her in a rich vein of form and looks set to continue the recent good work in a bid to follow up his C&D win four days ago. Always well positioned in what turned out to be a strongly run race, Scott Dixon’s inmate stayed on powerfully in the closing stages and as this contest contains a similar level of opponent, there’s more than a fair chance he can keep together his excellent record at the track from his favoured inside draw.
Crosse Fire - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Won 4.2pts
There has to be an element of guesswork involving the wellbeing of TWO MOONS (best price 9/2)
having not run for 54 days, but he has gone well fresh in the past and more importantly, he returns to the scene of most of his best performances in recent times. Yet to run a bad race in six starts on the fibresand and winner of three of them, the Echo Of Light gelding can be forgiven a slightly below-par effort last time we saw him and as the run came on a surface he finds too quick, and this regular in Class 2 and 3 company should find this sort of grade more to his liking back at his favourite track.
Two Moons - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2Lost -1pts
For such a big horse, ARTHUR'S OAK (best price 4/1)
floated over the heavy ground at Haydock last time out and under similar conditions, Venetia Williams’ charge can follow up what turned out to be a bloodless success at the Lancashire venue. Without ever coming out of third gear, the strapping son of Kayf Tara made total mincemeat of his six opponents and although the handicapper has tried his best to gain some sort of retribution, it may not be enough to prevent him from going in again.
Arthur's Oak - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pts
SHOOTINGSTA (best price 5/2)
has to be considered unlucky to bump into the upwardly-mobile Philba over the C&D last time out, but as there doesn’t appear to be any such rival lurking among today’s line-up, Bryan Smart’s charge has every chance of returning to winning ways. Despite that defeat, the Fast Company gelding still clocked one of his best ever speed figures and if he can break in his usual alert fashion from gate two, the in-form four-year-old will prove hard to catch over a track that plays into the strengths of those with his attacking run-style.
Shootingsta - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pts
GREY DESTINY (NAP) (best price 9/4)
is building up a bit of cult following on this column and this likable, if not quirky individual, can once again reward those that are willing to stay loyal to this in-from grey until the time comes to ease off the gas. Although his inexperienced pilot, Matthew Still, is no oil-painting in the saddle, he has struck up an unlikely sound partnership with Anthony Brittain’s charge and if it wasn’t for meeting huge trouble in running two starts ago, the pair would be coming here looking to complete a quick hat trick. In making amends for that unlucky effort a month ago, the son of Desideratum won in the style of a horse who could continue to progress through the ranks on this surface and even though he often puts his supporters through the mixer due to his slow starts, his decent turn of foot he often produces coming off the home bend and into the straight is enough to ease the mind of those with a nervous disposition.
Grey Destiny - 2pts @ 9/4Lost -2pts