Horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's racing
ROLFE REMBRANDT (best price 4-1) shaped with a good degree of promise on his debut over today’s C&D 17 days ago and with that initial outing sure to have done Michael Scudamore’s colt the world of good, he’s given a confident vote to provide his predominately National Hunt-based yard with a rare winner on the Flat.
Scoffed at in the market at the Yorkshire venue, largely due to his unfashionable stable, the son of Dutch Art wasn’t the well into his stride early on, but by the time the field had reached halfway, he worked himself into the thick of the action. Staying on well all the way to the line from two out, the chestnut gelding made the well-backed favourite, Rebel At Dawn, pull out all the stops to justify his position in the market and with the next in the betting Emirati Dirham well beaten back in third, the form has a solid feel. Moreover, the time figure was pretty useful and, having run solidly in a race of that nature, a return to the scene of that fine effort should do this tall, scopey sort no harm whatsoever.
FANTASY BELIEVER (best price 7-1) was heavily involved in a red-hot handicap at Newbury on his seasonal debut and a repeat of the same level of form entitles him to the utmost respect in this similarly competitive affair.
On the sharp end right from the outset at the Berkshire venue, Charlie Hills’ colt took the competitive field along at a very strong pace and although he eventually succumbed to the powerful finish of both Johan and Breathalyse, he still kept on willingly enough to hold on for a creditable third. Having made the running to success on his final start last season, it could well be that he’s asked to continue in the same vein from here on in – which wouldn’t necessarily be a wise move at today’s track given the overall history of front runners – but either way, he ran to be a better standard than an 83-rated horse 18 days ago and his morning price more than compensates for the risk.
VAMPISH (best price 3-1) ran well considering things didn’t really go her way at Beverley last time out and she’s fancied to get back on track with stronger, more streetwise handling in the saddle.
Having scored the time before with a patient waiting ride, it seemed obvious those tactics were going to be the order of the day again at the Yorkshire venue, but for some odd reason, Ronald Thompson’s mare was asked to make the running, a decision which ultimately cost her dear. To make matters worse, on a day where there was a pronounced bias to those racing towards the centre of the track, she was also asked to race on the swamp up the far side rail, which again, seemed another particular illogical move. Prior to all those fun and games a week ago, the daughter of Sir Percy ran out a tidy winner over the same C&D with a more polished ride and with Paul Mulrennan set to do the steering here this afternoon, hopefully connections will ensure both horse and jockey will be singing from the same hymn sheet this time around.
MATTHEW FLINDERS (NAP) (best price 7-4) went into more notebooks than the one kept in Mike Dean’s top pocket when producing a hugely encouraging display first time out at Haydock and with even just a modicum of improvement forthcoming, Ed Walker’s colt looks well equipped to capture what appears a useful novice event at the second time of asking.
Slowly into stride at the Merseyside venue, the son of Siyouni was settled towards the rear in the early stages, but by the time the field had swung into the home straight, he made nice ground to race just in behind the main pack. Still seemingly full of running heading past the two-furlong pole, it was from this point where he repeatedly got checked in his run and by the time he’d extricated himself from the pocket, the front two had already flown. Nudged out to the line once his pilot had excepted third place was the best finishing position he could obtain, Matthew Flinders left the impression he was an extremely unlucky loser and this imposing colt with a huge amount of scope for the future should easily be capable of capturing a race of this nature before going on to much better things. Thumur, a big eye-catcher on his debut at Kempton last season rates the danger if he’s fit enough to do himself justice after a 246-day layoff.