Andy Holding is closing in on the 500-point profit mark in his unmissable daily column.
RED CARDINAL (NAP) (best price 6-4)
looks like the kind of rapid improver synonymous with his handler and he’s strongly fancied to continue on the upgrade and complete a quick hat trick. Beginning his winning run with a hard-fought success at Bath back in April, David Simcock’s charge followed up in much more impressive fashion at Salisbury last time out and with the time figure he clocked suggesting it was some performance for a five-runner race, the subsequent 10lb rise in the ratings may not be sufficient to prevent the son of Montjeu from going in again.
Red Cardinal - 2pts @ 6/4Won 3pts
SHADY GLEN (best price 7-2)
posted a tremendous set of numbers for a horse of his grade at Worcester last Sunday and providing he’s in the same sort of mood, he has every chance of following up under just a 5lb penalty. Racing in the tougue-tie and blinkers combination for the first time, Graeme McPherson’s charge jumped a good deal better than he had done in the past and despite the runner-up having a decidedly tricky time of things in the later stages, he still won with a bit up his sleeve. On reviewing his performance, it was noticeable that he ran the last circuit quicker than the 135-rated Kaki De La Pree who took the beginners chase half-an-hour later, and based on those findings, the son of Dr Massini should easily be comfortable running against a similar set of opponents as he did five days ago.
Shady Glen - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pts
Hopefully, Shady Glen will have advertised the form of WIFFY CHATSBY (best price 9-4)
in the previous race as Peter Bowen charge was arguably a shade unfortunate in that Worcester race over the weekend. Having his first outing for new connections, the son of Presenting appeared to be going equally as well at the eventual winner when he made a terrible blunder at the final ditch (three out) and although he kept on valiantly despite his jockey having lost his irons, the damage was done. Given that he was 30lb lower than when last seen in a handicap, it’s safe to say the nine-year-old looks well treated on the evidence of that latest outing, and he can provide his in-form handler with another winner providing he can avoid mishap on this occasion.
Wiffy Chatsby - 1pt @ 9/4Lost -1pts
Not high enough rated to get a run in his mid-season target, The Royal Hunt Cup, consolation beckons on a much smaller scale for KNIGHT OWL (best price 11-4)
in this competitive little affair. Progressive last season, James Fanshawe’s inmate took over from where he left off when capturing his biggest prize to date in an ultra-competitive handicap at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day and with the form of the race working out so well since (Examiner, Revolutionist, Spring Offensive and Demonstration all won out of race), it’s difficult to avoid the obvious claims of this likeable gelding.
Knight Owl - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pts
AVENANTE (best price 10-1)
has run a good bit better than the bare results have suggested of late and she looks poised to go well again at a track where she’s already got proven solid handicap form. The race in question came two starts back when she finished fourth behind the useful Repeater and with that horse going on to run well subsequently at Epsom on Derby Day, the form looks totally believable. Although John Oxx’s charge was unable to run up to her best form last time out, she was in at the deep end against Group 3 fillies and matters were made even worse as she was forced to race wide for the majority of the race – expending plenty of energy into the bargain. Given that she can be a little keen in the early stages at times, being drawn on the inside should enable her to be dropped in behind the speed and get some cover and, if that proves to be the case, the daughter of Champs Elysees can go some way to putting a smile back on the face of her handler, who amazingly has only had one winner so far this season.
Avenante - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Won 12pts