Following a 10/1 winner yesterday, Andy Holding has three tips for Clonmel on Tuesday.
REBEL GOLD (best price 9-1) is a little more exposed than several of his main market rivals, but he at least arrives here in fair shape following a much-improved effort at Wexford last week and, in race that doesn’t have too many standout candidates, he’s fancied to hit the frame at the very least. He is worth a play in the without favourite market too at 13/2.
Going steadily in the right direction since the tongue-tie, hood combination has been employed, Thomas Foley’s gelding didn’t run too badly at Thurles two starts ago and that was a precursor to what followed at the Newtown Road track seven days ago. In a race run at a fair clip, the son of Gold Well loomed up travelling like the most likely winner as he swept into the lead turning for home, but unfortunately he couldn’t quite see it out all the way to the line as he was overtaken by two stronger finishers on the run-in. That said, he managed to record a decent time figure in defeat and a repeat of something similar here this afternoon should be enough to see him in the mix.
Of the main players, Farmix rates a worthy favourite on what he’s achieved over hurdles and although his two efforts over today’s track have suggested he isn’t the strongest of finishers, he still looks the one to beat. Coolagh Park has a tongue-tie fitted for the first time, so he might be capable of improving from the modest form he’s shown so far to date, while Florrie Webb has only raced on good ground in his two starts and has a mammoth 256 days off the track to overcome.
The ultimate irony attached to COSA BAN’s (NAP) (best price 7-2) fall two out at Gowran last time out was that she’d jumped superbly until that point, so it’s best to take the positives from that performance rather than any negative aspect and side with Philip Dempsey’s mare to make amends.
Mildly promising without setting the world on fire on her first two outings under rules, the daughter of Recital was given a fair more positive ride at the Co Kilkenny venue 17 days ago and up to the point where she bit the dust, she seemed to be responding in kind to those new tactics. Seemingly going better than the eventually winner and short-priced favourite, Future Proof, the five-year-old just couldn’t get her landing gear down quick enough after getting in too close and clipping the top bar, but providing she’s suffered no ill effect from that untimely exit, she should be good enough to serve it up to today’s modest field from the front.
SHANTOU SISU (best price 3-1) maybe 0-15 but quite frankly those slightly negative stats only tell half the story of his hugely unlucky tale of events of late and he’s afforded another chance to finally gain his just deserts.
Previously a hold-up performer, different tactics were employed on the son of Shantou here four starts ago and they looked like reaping an instant return until a crashing fall when well clear two out literally took the wind out of his sails. Lucky to escape without serious injury from that horror tumble, the eight-year-old ran well enough without managing to get his head in front on his next two starts, but his latest effort when returning to today’s C&D was more like it. Indeed, had there been one more yard to race over there’s no doubt he would have got back up again in the shadows of the post after leading virtually every step of the way and it’s these consistent performances at the Co Tipperary venue that strongly suggest it’s surely only a matter of time before he gains his due reward.