Andy Holding was in great form yesterday so don't miss today's advice at Sandown and Perth.
The combination of soft ground and hitting the front too soon prevented MONBEG RIVER (best price 4/1)
from adding to his winning tally at Ayr last week, but he gets an immediate chance to make amends returning to a track that provided him with his first success under rules last season. Martin Todhunter’s charge followed up that breakthrough victory in September with an equally smooth performance at Ayr a month later and although he hasn’t managed to add to the winning tally in three subsequent outings, soft winter ground has been a valid excuse. As conditions have been perfect at the Scottish venue all week and there’s no rain forecast, the son of Indian River should have no grounds for complaint regarding the underfoot surface and this bold-jumping, keen-going sort looks primed to run a big race.
MONBEG RIVER - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pts
CURIOUS CARLOS (best price 9/2)
was way too keen for his own good on his return to action after a break at Aintree last time out and, as a result, he was a well beaten horse when he fell at the last. Prior to that mini-disaster, Peter Bowen charge had looked a thoroughly progressive type this time last year and even though he did manage to register a victory of soft ground at Uttoxeter during this period, all his best performances derived from a much quicker surface. Back on good ground with a hood on for the first time to curb his enthusiasm, the son of Overbury should be capable of running a much more productive race than he did 14 days ago and he rates a decent bet to hit the frame at the very least.
CURIOUS CARLOS - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 5.4pts
As Top Tug proven several weeks ago, Alan King is thoroughly capable of handling decent Flat material and RAINBOW DREAMER (NAP) (best price 14/1)
looks set to provide the Barbury Castle trainer with plenty of welcome distractions during the summer months. Showing a good deal of promise on debut at Nottingham towards the backend of last season, the son of Aqlaam stepped up markedly on that initial performance when running away with a decent maiden on his return visit to the Midland venue two weeks later. Exhibiting a smart change of pace once in top gear inside the final two furlongs, this imposing and scopey type shot well clear within a matter of strides and if it wasn’t for him being heavily eased towards the finish, he would have won by double the eventual winning margin. Although he may be better served by further as the season progresses, this looks like a nice starting point for him and with the soft ground and stiff uphill climb likely to play into his strengths, a big run seems on the cards despite his double-figure quotes with most bookmakers.
RAINBOW DREAMER - 1pt e/w @ 14/1Lost -2pts