In-form pundit Andy Holding has top tips at Kelso, Leicester and Meydan on Thursday.
ROAD TO GOLD (best price 4/1)
is a thoroughly likeable type and even though he’s taking on two useful opponents in the shape of Water Sprite and Western Rules, Nick Alexander’s charge should still give a good account of himself. A game C&D winner two starts ago, the son of Gold Well had the misfortune to bump into a smart Malcom Jefferson newcomer last time out at Wetherby, but as he was the only horse to offer any resistance to that potentially useful sort and the pair were well clear of the rest, the performance still deserves plenty of credit.
Road To Gold - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Won 6pts
GALLIC WARRIOR (NAP) (best price 11/10)
ran out a clear-cut winner in a first-time tongue tie at Taunton last time out and there doesn’t appear too much in the way of solid opposition to prevent him from following up in this weaker-looking affair. Always travelling best at the West Country circuit, Fergal O’Brien’s inmate survived a last fence blunder to record his first victory over fences and even though he’s dropping back down in trip, the time figure he recorded 16 days ago suggests he’s got plenty of pace to cope with the shorter yardage.
Gallic Warrior - 2pts @ 11/10Lost -2pts
Those that have charted a course close to the inside rail have appeared to hold a distinct advantage in most turf races at the carnival, so from his favoured number one draw, FILS ANGES (best price 6/1)
can hopefully make full use of the potential ground-saving trip against the plastic. Ali Jan’s six-year-old certainly caught the eye in no uncertain terms on his first run off the shelf over the C&D three weeks ago when he kept on well from the back of the field to finish a never-nearer fifth behind Anaerobio. Sure to be all the better for that initial outing, the son of Dark Angel has every chance of turning the tables on old rival Dark Emerald, who beat him in the corresponding race last year.
Fils Anges - 1pt e/w @ 13/2Won 7.8pts
Like most sprinters, SIR MAXIMILIAN (best price 12/1)
needs everything to drop just right, but there’s more than a fair chance this race will play out perfectly for Ian Williams’ charge and his price dictates he’s simply too good to miss despite the competitive nature of this 5f contest. The Royal Applause gelding got the perfect storm when scoring over today’s C&D last season and just as he did that day, he’s likely to get a god toe into the race courtesy of the trail-blazing Caspian Prince being in the line-up (drawn right next to each other).
Another who also requires a huge dollop of luck is the ever-frustrating ROI DE VITESSE (best price 16/1)
and he’s worth a few units just in case the jack does finally come up trumps. Often seen finishing off his races best of all, he’s come home strongest on both occasions6.3- behind the star sprinter of the carnival so far, Ertijaal, and a repeat of either performance should ensure he picks up some nice prize money at the very least.
ROI DE VITESSE – ½ point each-way@16/1
Sir Maximilian - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1Won 7.2pts
Roi De Vitesse - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Placed 1.1pts
UDODODONTU (best price 3/1)
quickened up in the style of a horse that thoroughly deserves to be in the much better races at the carnival last time out and he can prove that point to be a valid one and also gain bragging rights on the private battle between the Godolphin-trained trio. Runner-up in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot when trained by Richard Guest, the son of Lope De Vega made the perfect start for new connections over the C&D 33 days ago and as his winning time was in-keeping with many of the best mile races run so far at the carnival, Saaed Bin Suroor’s charge will hopefully be capable of coping with the rise in the class.
Udododontu - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pts