Andy Holding had a winner yesterday, can any of his three picks do the same today?
FIZZY FEET (best price 9-2) gave backers of short-priced favourite Rockin Roy heart failure over today’s C&D last time out and with that bright early speed shown that day a key weapon to have up her sleeve, David Loughnane’s filly is strongly fancied to go one place better on her return to the Midland venue.
A creditable third on her previous visit to Dunstall Park when adopting similar aggressive tactics, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand once again showed terrific gate speed to get away from her rivals here 11 days ago, and although she eventually succumbed to the quality of the eventual 91-rated winner, her performance in defeat deserves plenty of credit.
Despite being up against two useful sorts and has a tricky draw in stall eight to overcome, she should turn out to be very dangerous if she can clear the field early around the outside.
SO HI STORM (best price 9-2) is certainly no superstar but at the same time he’s shown enough to suggest she can win a small nursery and following a personal best at Thirsk last time out, tonight might just be time for lift-off.
The race in question was the one won by Princess Power 14 days ago and with Nigel Tinkler’s filly going on to land a valuable contest at Newmarket subsequently, the form looks pretty solid.
Although beaten two lengths by the winner, Karl Burke’s charge posted a decent speed figure in keeping on well in third and if connections have done a little remedial work in to why he tended to lug left in the closing stages when off the bridle, the son of Holy Roman Emperor is capable of going well at a nice price.
Of all the races run over seven days of the Galway Festival, amazingly, one of the fastest furlong-per-furlong times was the maiden won by Astronomer on the Saturday and having shaped extremely encouragingly to finish sixth, GRASPING AT STRAWS (NAP) (best price 6-1) appeals as one who can figure prominently with just normal improvement in this arguably weaker-looking contest based on strength in depth.
Hailing from a yard not renown for first time out three-year-old debutante winners, Michael Mulvany’s filly predictably was green and slowly into her stride in the early stages and given that the field were being dragged along at a fair rate of knots, it was understandably all a bit of culture shock for the daughter of Tough As Nails. Once she met the rising ground and the climb into the home straight, however, she really picked up the bridle to good effect, and in finishing her race off best of all, she clocked a decent last two-furlong sectional to finish just on the heels of the leaders (25.6 compared to winner’s 26.0).
Just the type to improve significantly both mentally and physically from that initial outing, tonight’s extra trip should also suit, and in a race where there doesn’t appear to be a whole glut of obvious candidates – barring Julienne and Bright Eyed – it really would be disappointing if this substantial filly doesn’t play some sort of role in the finish.