Form expert Andy Holding has found some strong bets across this afternoon's racing cards.
Although things didn’t quite pan out the way Warren Greatrex would have liked at Cheltenham this week, the Lambourn handler has a decent chance in the shape of APRIL DUSK (best price 13/2)
to erase the memory of one or two disappointments. The son of Turtle Island showed all his battling qualities when winning over today’s course for the second time in as many starts and his medals were once again shining brightly on his chest when a gallant second to the useful Tomngerry back over hurdles at Newcastle last time out.
April Dusk - 1pt e/w @ 13/2Lost -2pts
A late defector from the Imperial Cup last Saturday, SUNSHINE CORNER (best price 10/3)
can make up for missing that valuable prize by taking this decent pot back against her own sex. The fact that Lucy Wadham’s inmate has already contested and run well in two black-type events shows she has a touch of class and repeat of either performance should ensure she runs a big race against this sort of company this afternoon.
Sunshine Corner - 1pt @ 10/3Won 3.3pts
A cracking handicap hurdle in store just a day after the Cheltenham Festival and SIMPLY A LEGEND (best price 22/1)
makes quite a bit of appeal at his morning odds based on his overall consistent profile. Finishing in the frame on all his four starts this season, his most notable effort came last time out when he was fourth in an ultra-competitive heat at Ascot behind Rock The Kasbah and that was off the back of a similarly solid performance over today’s C&D. Although he can take a keen grip, there should be enough pace on this afternoon to allow him to settle, and with the better ground also likely to suit, the son of Midnight Legend has to be worth a small interest at 20/1.
Simply A Legend - 0.5pts e/w @ 22/1Placed 2.25pts
BIGMARTRE (NAP) (best price 2/1)
was Impressive when scoring in a fast time on his hurdling debut over today’s C&D back in October and following several smart performances in the interim, Harry Fry’s charge is strongly fancied to repeat that earlier performance. Although the son of Montmartre has been running perfectly respectably on soft winter ground, he has an action to suggest a faster surface suits him best and with an aggressive ride likely to be the order of the day, he should prove difficult to catch from the front.
Bigmartre - 2pts @ 2/1Lost -2pts