Fresh off a 16/1 winner yesterday, Andy Holding has three picks running this Sunday.
15.00 Market Rasen
ICONIC SKY (best price 3-1) ran an amazing race despite his jockey making a monumental mistake of riding a finish a circuit too early at Fakenham last time out and providing she has no lasting effects from that unnecessary ordeal, the five-year-old mare has every chance of gaining some sort of compensation. Sent for home with over two laps to go, unfortunately, her hapless pilot didn’t realise his gross error of judgement and in believing he’d scored by a wide margin he naturally eased his mount down after crossing the line. Once the realisation of what he’d done had kicked in, he rather strangely decided to re-join the pack and try and salvage something from the wreckage but to the horse’s great credit, she not only caught the field up, she actually had enough reserves of energy to finish a close-up third. Quite clearly, had Lucy Wadham’s inmate not been subjected to bad case of lap-countitus she would have almost certainly have obliged and having already proven that she’s totally at home over today’s track with a smooth victory here back in February, the grey mare looks to have obvious claims on her return visit.
THE LAST BUT ONE (NAP) (best price 5-2) seems to have really found his feet since being asked to bowl along in front and other than a fall when still in with every chance two out at Sandown two starts ago, Paul Nicholls’ improving chaser would remain unbeaten for the season. Victories at Fontwell and Musselburgh were highlighted by solid rounds of jumping, so it was uncharacteristic to see him capsize at the Esher track, but that fall didn’t appear to affect his confidence too much the way he got back on track last time out. Setting a solid pace throughout, the six-year-old rallied strongly to the call once momentarily headed after three out at the West Country venue and in staying on powerfully all the way to the line, he ended up clocking a big number for a horse of his grade. Despite the ground today being a good deal quicker, the step up in trip should help matters greatly and another all-the-way success looks on the cards.
DOONARD PRINCE (best price 13-2) is getting on in years now, but he’s still managing to run to a decent standard and following a promising effort when runner-up on the all-weather at Dundalk 25 days ago, the veteran looks booked for another solid performance at a track where his stats read 26121. Although Ross O’Sullivan’s inmate has run well on the Polytrack in the past, he’s much better served running over a stiffer track on the grass and as his career record suggests, he’s perfectly at home over today’s uphill and down dale course. Often just ridden in behind the pace, the son of Footstepsinthesand usually comes with a potent challenge once he meets the rising ground and with a potentially decent draw down the middle and ground also in his favour, he can make use of his race fitness with a decent apprentice on board.