Andy Holding has three selections today as we try and build a Cheltenham Festival bank.
As ever, when the big southern yards send their horse on a raiding party up north, bookmakers tend to run for cover and price those runners accordingly, and that has turned out to be the case here with the first three in the betting all hailing from powerful stables representing Messrs Skelton, Fry and Nicholls. They might, however, not have things all their own way as the market suggest up against two useful sorts representing the home guard in the shape of LAKE VIEW LAD (best price 9/2)
and THE DUTCHMAN (best price 16/1)
The former would have probably beaten the latter when they first met back in early January but for tipping up at the last, and he’s subsequently gone on to prove what a useful prospect he is with victories back at the same track and at Wetherby last time out under a penalty. The fact that he goes well under testing conditions and stays strong are two major positives towards his chances today and he should easily outrun his odds of 9/2. The Dutchman has also improved since that initial defeat by Nick Alexander’s charge to go on and score tidily at Wetherby and although he might not have as much latent class as some of those ahead of him in the betting, today’s test might just suit his skillset more than others.
Lake View Lad - 1pt @ 9/2Lost -1pts
The Dutchman - 0.5pts @ 16/1Lost -0.5pts
Quick, accurate jumping was very much the key component to STREETS OF PROMISE’S (best price 11/4)
impressive victory at Newcastle last time out and racing over a track that often rewards such qualities, Michael Scudamore’s inmate is fancied to repeat the dose. Prior to that stunning performance the daughter of Westerner had been equally impressive at Towcester when adopting similar tactics and if she can get to the front early here today, the rest of the field will be in for an uncomfortable day’s work.
Street Of Promise - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pts
KILFORD (best price 4/1)
totally dominated a similar race to this over the C&D last time out and he can follow up providing he’s in the same kind of form. Making all the running, Leonard Whitmore’s charge never looked in any serious trouble at any stage and coming right away in the final half mile, he gave the impression he’s one to keep on side under similar conditions. Although he’s no spring chicken at 10, the son of Snurge actually hasn’t had that much racing since embarking on a career under rules and even though the handicapper has tried his best to intervene by raising him 11lb, he may just be capable of offsetting that impost given his current wellbeing.
Kilford - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 4.8pts