Andy Holding has picked out three bets from Sunday's racing action.
PRINCE OF SCARS (NAP) (best price 11/8)
has improved out of all recognition in a short space of time and he can prove that he no longer should be underestimated in this division by taking the scalps of some more notable names in this Grade 2 affair. All out to land a 3m handicap over this course two starts ago, Gordon Elliot’s charge made giant strides forward by landing the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle last time out in fairly convincing fashion and it’s that performance in beating the likes of Alpha Des Obeaux and Artic Fire that suggests he’s a real force to be reckoned with over staying trips. Although he drops back in distance today, the way he travels and quickens in these conditions suggests he will be equally at home over shorter and if he wins in convincing enough fashion, connections will have the right to start thinking about the World Hurdle if conditions turn up soft the festival in a month’s time.
Prince Of Scars - 2pts @ 11/8Non Runner
WEST APPROACH (best price 8/1)
hasn’t quite cut the mustard in three starts over hurdles, but it might well be now he’s handicapped and his sights are lowered that he might begin to fulfil his potential. A useful horse in bumpers, Colin Tizzard’s charge best outing over hurdles came two starts ago at Cheltenham when he finishing a creditable third to the progressive Unowhatimeanharry and although he failed to build on that performance last time out back around the same track, he was up against a smart field of novices – some of whom may turn out to be festival candidates. As all of his races have taken place on soft or heavy ground, conditions at the West Country venue won’t pose any problems and off a fair mark of 125, the son of Westerner may turn out to be more than a dangerous floater.
West Approach - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Placed 0.9pts
MOON RIVER (best price 6/1)
hit the ball out of the stadium on the figures when making mincemeat of her rivals over today’s course two starts ago and in-keeping with a horse that seems to require a deep surface to produce her best, she not surprisingly recoiled in a big way next time out back on a quicker terrain at Kempton. Because of that loss, however, it means that we can now obtain a much bigger price about Michael Appleby’s charge and with form figures on a fibresand surface reading 121, she makes plenty of appeal at 8/1.
Moon River - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Won 7.2pts