In-form Andy Holding has three great bets from this evening's race meetings.
Ger Lyons clearly has some nice juveniles in his care based on the evidence of the first few months of the season and IMAGINE IF (best price 13/8)
- who was well backed to make a winning debut at Navan - is strongly fancied to recoup losses of 11 days ago. Although he couldn’t quite handle the more experienced Callender at the Co Kildare venue in the latter stages, he did more than enough to suggest those who backed him into favouritism that day hadn’t totally lost the plot, and from his potentially decent draw towards the middle of the track, the son of Dream Ahead can uphold the form with Sebastian Bach and see off the Ballydoyle pair.
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Imagine If - 2pts @ 13/8Non Runner
FORGE (NAP) (best price 9/4)
clocked a very smart speed figure for a maiden when opening his account at the second time of asking on his seasonal bow at Doncaster 33 days ago and he has enough class and potential to overcome the steep step up in grade he faces this evening. Off the back of just one outing as a two-year-old, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge found a massive amount of improvement to win in the style of a very smart young horse on Town Moor (powered clear inside final furlong) and fact that his usually conservative handler is willing to throw the son of Dubawi into the lion’s den at such an early stage in his career speaks volumes for the regard he’s held in at home.
FORGE - 2pts @ 9/4Lost -2pts
Having already proven her liking for this stiff track, COTO (best price 3/1)
is taken to make her vital experience of this new all-weather count for plenty as she bids to follow last week’s success. Well supported 9 days ago, the daughter of Fast Company came home strongly in the latter stages of a well-run race to record a cosy success, and having run plenty of races back on home soil off much higher marks in the past (career-best 83), Michael Tynan’s inmate still has the look of a well-treated horse despite her mandatory 6lb penalty.
COTO - 1pt e/w @ 3/1Won 3.6pts