It's a bumper Sunday of racing of racing and Andy Holding has the day's best bets.
Unlike the football team from which the syndicate name is based around, the Shropshire Wolves horses continue to thrive and in the shape of DOUGAN (best price 15/2)
, the band of men from the Midlands have another chance of enjoying another notable payday. Seemingly improving at a rapid rate of knots, David Evans’ charge posted an eye-popping display both visually and on the clock at Kempton last time out (33.8 for last three furlongs) and if he can transfer that sort of performance from the all-weather surface onto the turf, there’s high hopes he can hit the back of the net.
TERENTUM STAR (best price 6/1)
, fresh from being gelded over the winter, roared back with arguably a career-high performance over today’s C&D 19 days ago and if he’s able to run to the same kind of level again, Kevin Ryan’s charge is likely to be in the mix. In beating a field on reliable yardstick in this kind of grade, the son of Dutch Art clocked a fair time, and as there appeared to be sufficient dig in the ground yesterday for him to be at his best, the four-year-old rates a worthy market leader with plenty in his favour.
DOUGAN - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pts
TERENTUM STAR - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pts
A low draw is imperative at this venue and nicely berthed in stall 2, DUCKY MALLON (best price 8/1)
makes plenty of appeal off the back of his encouraging seasonal reappearance display at Navan the last day. Although only seventh of 20 in the race won by Charlie’s Missile, he was one of the few horses that afternoon to make any noticeable ground up down the centre of the track (massive bias towards the far rail) and given that the ground wouldn’t have been ideal for the son of Jeremy either, the performance has to be worth upgrading. Currently yielding at the time of writing, conditions should be much more suitable for Donal Kinsella’s charge this time around, and providing he can hold a decent position towards the inside rail in the early stages, he has every chance of being competitive at the business end.
DUCKY MALLON - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1Lost -1pts
The fact that TAQDEER (NAP) (best price 5/2)
was still entered up in the 2000 Guineas before the five-day stage indicates the regard John Gosden’s charge is held at home and following a smooth success on his return to action at Chelmsford 15 days ago, this impressive-looking colt should take all the beating with a similarly aggressive ride. Setting out to make all at the Essex venue, the son of fast Company blew his field away with a powerful display of front running and with the time figure also suggesting it was a performance of some repute, an opening mark of 85 doesn’t appear too harsh given his potential.
TAQDEER - 2pts @ 5/2Won 5pts