Andy Holding smashed through the 300pt profit barrier at the weekend - today's tips here.
STORMY CLOUDS (best price 5/4)
was no match for another speedster off the Mark Johnston two-year-old production line on debut at Kempton, but he did more than enough to suggest he can win a similar race next time out. Although he could be up against another potentially smart newcomer from the same stable in the shape of Rusumaat, he has the experience and vital inside draw on his side to take advantage of any slip-ups from his main market rival and if he can get to the first bend with a big enough lead, Richard Hannon’s charge might to be difficult to peg back.
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Stormy Clouds - 1pt @ 5/4Won 1.25pts
Although ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY (best price 7/1)
has a victory to his name on heavy ground, he’s long given the impression that a better surface will aid his cause no end and he can put that theory to the test in this open-looking handicap. Dan Skelton’s charge found the competition of the EBF Final at Sandown too tough last time but prior to that uncharacteristically modest effort, the son of Robin Des Pres had run a series of fine races against some smart opposition in novice company. Indeed, the pick of those performances came when he finished runner-up to Always Lion at Ludlow on good ground back in November and a repeat of that level of form should allow him to be competitive off a decent-looking mark.
Robin Of Locksley - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Lost -1pts
SHADOW BLUE (best price 9/1)
has been in up to his eyeballs competition-wise on his last three starts, so he should find this sort of opposition a good deal more palatable in his bid to finally get off the mark for new connections. Yet to run a bad race in five starts since leaving Andrew Lee in Ireland, the son of Blueprint has also given the impression that a better surface to the ones he’s been racing on during the depths of winter would be more beneficial and as two of those performances over today’s C&D behind the progressive Gala Ball, the association with the track will also come in handy. Added to the list of positives, his creditable fourth place finish behind Ozzie The Oscar at Taunton was boosted by the winner in no uncertain terms at Newbury on Saturday (second should have won next time out and the third and fifth have been placed since) and as he was only a 9/2 chance to get the better of the Hobbs runner that day, double those odds against seemingly weaker rivals on this occasion are too good to resist.
Shadow Blue - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Non Runner