Andy Holding was on the board again yesterday so be sure to check out today's best bets.
Quite a few punters – including regular readers of this column – would have had their fingers burnt by BELIEVE IT (best price 5/4)
when Richard Hughes’ charge was a costly failure at Wolverhampton last time out, but now looks a decent opportunity to retrieve losses with Shane Kelly back on board. Twice at the Dunstall Park venue, the son of Rip Van Winkle has looked a difficult ride for an inexperienced apprentice, but now back in the care of professional handling, this keen-going sort can resume winning ways and prove what a well handicapped horse he is off a mark of 57.
Believe It - 1pt @ 5/4Won 1.25pts
HILL FORT (best price 10/1)
didn’t get the most efficient of rides here last time and is worth another chance to small beer to back up his previous C&D victory earlier in the campaign. Having begun the race fairly prominently, Matt Shepherd’s lost his place and got shuffled back through the pack down the back straight and although he finished off his race well enough to snatch an unlikely fourth at the line, the damage was ultimately unrepairable. Although the form of the race doesn’t amount to much, the sixth-placed horse home that day, Dancintothelight, has provided it with a bit of substance by winning next time out and there’s every chance that the son of Pivotal will be good enough to hit the frame at the very least. Another to catch the eye at a big price in a wide-open race is KING MURO (best price 16/1)
and he simply has to be worth playing at his early morning odds. In the process of running a huge race in a hot contest at Cheltenham when tipped up at the second last three starts ago, he also ran extremely well on his latest outing at Huntingdon when chasing home two hotpots in a very warm handicap for the grade. Although much more at home on a quicker surface than he encounters tomorrow, he can cope well enough on soft ground and his price more than compensates for that slight negative.
Hill Fort - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1Non Runner
King Muro - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Non Runner
RULER OF NILE (best price 7/4)
really caught the eye with the manner of his victory at Southwell last time out and he rates a good bet to follow up under just a 6lb penalty. Never off the bridle at the Nottinghamshire venue, Robert Stephens’ inmate could have won with Big Daddy on his back that afternoon and although there’s a sneaky suspicion this tall, scopey sort is always going to be at his best on galloping tracks, he did run pretty well over today’s C&D two starts ago.
Ruler Of The Nile - 1pt @ 7/4Lost -1pts
MEZMAAR (best price 11/2)
beat all the right horses in a fast time here three weeks ago to suggest the form is totally believable and even though he’s dropping back down a furlong and could have been better drawn, he still makes plenty of each-way appeal. Unlucky the time before over tonight’s C&D, he showed the requisite improvement needed to land a competitive 7f handicap back at the same track last time and with the likes of subsequent winners, Loyalty and Fleckerl well beaten in behind, Kevin Morgan’s charge clearly has a great form chance to prove his worth again.
Mezmaar - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Lost -2pts