After a 14/1 winner yesterday, Andy has two tips for Thursday's racing
It quite often pays to keep things relatively simple in this great game of ours, so using that approach as a benchmark, keeping on the right side of a horse with proven track form and fitness on his side in the shape of ZODIAKOS (best price 3-1) probably isn’t the dumbest move in the world.
A real regular at the Gosforth Park venue in recent times, Roger Fell’s inmate highlighted his current wellbeing with a game victory over a mile here on the opening day of the new season and with that victory taking his stats to 221, it’s clear he loves the combination of the fibresand surface and stiff climb to the line. Although the seven-year-old is better known for his exploits over further than today’s trip, he’s not totally void of tactical speed, and in any case, it’s probably not abad thing that he stays further as the track was riding quite slow and looked hard work for large majority of the runners here Monday. Housed in what could turn out to be a favourable draw based on where most of the action took place the other day, there’s no obvious reason why the son of Kodiac won’t make a bold fist of things in his repeat bid.
On the topic of uncomplaining matters, following certain stables blind in the opening throws of the campaign hasn’t been a bad policy and, housed in one of those barns who have enjoyed a particularly solid start to proceedings, INCLYNE (best price 4-1) makes plenty of appeal on her seasonal bow.
Although Andrew Balding’s filly has only managed to score once in ten starts, she has run numerous decent races in defeat and as two of those praiseworthy efforts have come over today’s Rowley Mile, confidence is fairly high she can make it third time lucky. Despite her only success coming over 1m4f, she has often left the impression that today’s trip would work out to be her optimum in the long run and that theory was borne out when she just failed to get home over an extended mile-and-a-quarter at Chester on rain-softened ground towards the backend of last season. Seemingly still well treated and still relatively unexposed on the evidence of her last three starts, unlike most of today’s rivals, the daughter of Intello also has her ideal conditions in place to shine and it would as something of a surprise if she doesn’t go some way to providing her in-form handler another major fillip ahead of stable companion Kameko’s date with destiny in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas.