Our racing pundit Andy Holding has five bets this afternoon, including three from Meydan.
Uptight is bound to be all the rage to follow up his recent C&D win, but having had the perfect storm that day in the first-time blinkers and ideal number one stall to race in the clear on the far side, things won’t be as easy as the market suggests and he is therefore passed over at the prices. As Kevin Ryan’s charge takes out a huge chunk in the market and there is the perfect dead eight for a bit of each-way burglary, JAARIH (best price 4/1)
makes plenty of appeal as the alternative to the jolly. Clearly, the son of Starspangledbanner has endured one or two niggly problems as previous trainer George Scott was quite prepared to let him go on the cheap when winning a claimer over this C&D two starts ago. Now in the hands of Conor Dore, who has a reputation for doing well with other trainer’s cast-offs, this lightly-raced four-year-old should go well if he repeats the sort of time he clocked back here during the middle of the month.
Jaarih - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 4.8pts
DRISHOGUE BOY (best price 4/1)
was hugely impressive not only visually, but on the clock, when landing a handicap hurdle over this course last season and although he’s done precious little to excite the casual observer in three starts over fences subsequently, it would come as no surprise if he were to show a good deal of improvement on his chasing debut back in handicap company. Although beaten 40 lengths last time out in the race won by Measureofmydreams at Punchestown, he ran as well as could be expected considering he was badly hampered at the second and the kind of opposition he was up against that day and he should find these calmer waters much more to his liking.
Drishogue Boy - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pts
The time figure posted by Ertijaal when landing a 5f handicap here three weeks ago was one of the best at the carnival so far, so the horse that chased him home that day, DIVINE (best price 4/1)
, has to be a major consideration for those that pay credence to the clock. Outpaced and towards the rear early, Mick Channon’ inmate picked up nicely in the latter stages to get within hailing distance of the impressive winner, but as all of his best form has derived from when she’s raced over 6f, she rates a much more solid betting proposition running over his over optimum trip.
Divine - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Lost -2pts
BOSSY GUEST (best price 12/1)
ran a good deal better than his finishing position suggested here last time and this classy performer makes plenty of appeal at his early quotes racing over a trip that should suit his run style. Often slowly away, 7f was never going to be a sufficient test for Mick Channon’s inmate first time off the plane three weeks ago and that turned out to be the case as he found himself towards the rear and outpaced at halfway. The son of Medicean did, however, pick up very strongly once getting into top gear down the home straight and if it wasn’t for him suffering interference inside the last two furlongs, he may well have troubled the judge rather than finishing mid-division. Good enough to finish fourth in the 2000 Guineas behind Gleneagles, this enigmatic character has the ability and back-class to go close if consenting to put his best foot forward.
Bossy Guest - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pts
EMIRATES SKYCARGO (best price 6/1)
shaped with plenty of promise here two weeks ago and he should turn out to be much more competitive if ridden a little closer to the pace on this occasion. Dropped out from his high draw by design, Charlie Appleby’s charge found himself towards the tail of the field turning for home, but from that point onwards, he really impressed by the way he picked off rivals one-by-one without being subject to a hard ride. Sure to be all the better for that first outing since last July, the Iffraaj gelding makes plenty of appeal back on a synthetic surface from his potentially useful draw.
Emirates Skycargp - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pts