Four selections from Andy as he looks for some mid-week winners
HURRICANE TWISTER (best price 6-1) might have been the unconsidered 16-1 outsider of the party here yesterday, but he won in the style of a short-priced favourite and if turned out again 24 hours after that easy success, a repeat performance looks very much on the cards. Despite his form figures going into yesterday’s race not appearing to be that inspiring, a closer delve into his form at the Co Kerry venue revealed he’d yet to finish out of the frame in three previous visits, so there has to be something about today’s course that sparks Val Clifford’s inmate into life. Aggressively ridden as per usual, the 10-year-old showed his younger rivals an application for the job at hand they simply couldn’t match and with today’s contest a slightly easier one on paper, he could take some catching if he wins the early battle for lead over Intense Stylist. If the main section doesn’t take his chance or for some reason fails to run his race, STAMP OF AUTHORITY (best price 16-1) is an able deputy at a track he also has gone well in the past. The son of Invincible Spirit had fairly modest form coming into this meeting last season before landing a competitive 7f handicap with a bit to spare, so with similar profile twelve months on, it would come as little surprise if he were to outrun his market expectation.Up to £200 Bonus
Having fought out the finish to a similar race to this at York’s Ebor meeting, both Tangled and Great Prospector deserve the utmost respect, but they have been priced up accordingly whereas LAUGH A MINUTE (best price 14-1) seems to have slipped slightly under the radar despite having a bucket-load of potential. Although still a maiden after three starts, his form in those races is of a pretty high standard, particularly the performance when runner-up to subsequent Acomb winner Wells Farhh Go at York two starts back. On top of that, he travelled like the best horse in the hot Convivial Maiden back at the same track last time out until the effect of his high draw took its toll late on and this classy-looking colt could easily turn out to be the surprise package of the race if he can handle today’s slightly more testing conditions.
SWAMP FOX (best price 5-1) landed a handicap hurdle at this fixture last year off a mark of 118 and such has been his meteoric rise in the interim, he now finds himself on the heady heights of 155. That new rating, however, has been thoroughly deserved based on his latest exploits, and on the evidence of his most recent effort in the Galway Hurdle, he still appears to be on the upgrade. Travelling best throughout at Ballybrit, the Windsor Knot gelding only just succumbed to the powerful late thrust of the well-fancied Tigris River in the hands of an all-action Barry Geraghty and with the pair pulling well clear of a stellar field to the tune of five lengths, he clearly ran to a career-high level in defeat. Although he has to give plenty of weight away to the likes of in-form pair, Lagostovegas and Top Of The Ra, today’s heavy ground is very much in his favour and he rates a decent each-way proposition around a track that plays into his strengths.