Andy Holding has three cracking each-way bets from Beverley and Cheltenham today.
Decadent Times is bound to be popular having finished in the money behind some smart early-season juveniles in his two starts to date, but as he’s a skinny price and yet to encounter the turf, JOLLYDEE (best price 4/1)
might just be the value call to give the favourite plenty to think about following his equally promising display first time out in the Brockelsby. In what is always an informative affair, Paul Midgeley’s charge really caught the eye by the way he performed on Town Moor and given that he was very strong in the latter part of the race once the penny started to drop, today’s stiff track should play into his strengths.
Jollydee - 2pts e/w @ 4/1Placed -0.4pts
Malcolm Jefferson’s runners are always worth a second look when he sends one down from his Yorkshire base and one of his future stars, DOUBLE W’S (NAP) (best price 8/1)
, gets a chance add to the Norton handler’s fine record at Prestbury Park. Although the son of Fruits Of Love had to wait till his sixth race to finally break his duck over hurdles, he certainly wasn’t winning out of turn, as all of his other performances pointed towards his untapped potential. Indeed, one of his best efforts on paper came when he finished a creditable third to the well-handicapped A Hare Breath over this course back in November and given that he was still learning his trade at the time and what the winner has gone on to achieved, the run can be upgraded. Even though that display, along with quite a few others, have been over the minimum trip, he probably would have scored with quite a bit in hand but for virtually being brought to a standstill when tackling 2m 4f for the first time at Catterick three starts back and on the evidence of that performance, he shouldn’t have too many fears returning to that distance this afternoon. The fact that his canny handler was considering running his charge in the Scottish Champion Hurdle after his latest victory at Haydock points towards the regard he is held back at home and with a big field and strongly run race always likely to play inti his strengths, the likeable six-year-old makes plenty of appeal at his early quotes.
Double W's - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pts
Three of Matt Shepherd’s last seven runners have won so it’s clearly paying to stay on the right side of his horses at present and it’s easy to make a solid case out for BEALLANDENDALL (best price 9/1)
adding to the Herefordshire trainer’s hot form in the concluding handicap. Although he seems to have taken a liking to the tight contours of Ludlow, having run well at the Shropshire venue on his last four visits, he also gives the impression he will be just as suited by a stiffer, more galloping track, as it will help his keen-going style of running to be combated. Providing the Beneficial gelding does manage to switch off in the early stages, there’s every chance he will be bang there at the business end and provide his supporters for a decent run for their money.
Beallandendall - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -2pts