Form student Andy Holding has picked out four gems on a busy Thursday of racing.
BAOULET DELAROQUE (best price 9/4)
impressed by the way he travelled and how much he found off the bridle when scoring in emphatic fashion at Wincanton last week and he rates a decent bet to follow up that success despite the statutory 7lb penalty. Looking every inch a well-handicapped horse that day, the assessor certainly thinks that way as well as he’s hiked Paul Nicholls’ inmate up to a new perch of 139 in future races, so even though it’s not his trainer’s normal policy to bring one out as quickly, the Ditcheat handler is fully entitled to roll the dice with his improving five-year-old.
Bauloet Delaroque - 1pt @ 2/1
Tom Symonds would have hoped for a better season than the one he’s had so far to date, but the bright spark among the general mediocrity has been HOLLYWOODIEN (best price 7/1)
, who bids to continue his upward curve against some useful opponents in this novices’ chase. A progressive chaser in his native France, the Martaline gelding was a bit disappointing on his first start for new connections at Wetherby over hurdles back in November, but in-keeping with his overall profile, he was a totally different proposition back over fences when last seen at Ascot. Jumping well in the main (survived only notable mistake two out), the scopey five-year-old stayed on well in the latter stages of a well-run affair and although he faces the likes of smart hurdlers-come-chasers Pine Creek and Nexius, he should be well suited by the track and has enough quality to at least hold his own.
Hollywoodien - 1pt @ 7/1
Although yet to win over 1m 4f, MUJAARIB (best price 6/1)
certainly shapes like he will get the trip and he can take advantage of a huge drop in class from contesting a Group 2 last time out. Finishing off his race well from the back of the field, Mike De Kock’s charge posted some smart figures by snatching fourth in one of the hottest turf races run at the carnival so far, and if he can translate that level of performance over three furlongs further, the son of Nadeem can gain the bragging rights over stable companion and obvious danger Liquid Mercury, who also caught the eye last time out.
Mujaarib - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1
Having had the crossbar in splinters, it was nice to see WELLIESINTHEWATER (best price 15/8)
gain just rewards for those near misses with an overdue success at Southwell seven days ago and as that race at the Nottinghamshire venue was an apprentice race, Derek Shaw’s charge arrives here unpenalised. Although that victory along with many previous other sound efforts have come over seven furlongs, the son of Footstepinthesand has plenty of notable performances over today’s trip and having run well on all three previous visits to tonight’s track, the consistent six-year-old gains the clear vote.
Welliesinthewater - 1pt @ 15/8