Horse racing expert Andy Holding has three selections for today's racing, including a 2pt NAP at Thirsk
Bright Eyed Eagle scored in the style of a potentially useful colt in the making at Goodwood last time out and there’s no doubt he did well to only escape with a tiny rise in the ratings, but at the same time, tonight’s contest isn’t exactly a stroll in the park and BERKSHIRE SAVVY (best price 7-1) could be one of many who could at least keep the favourite honest.
Andrew Balding’s three-year-old had a perfectly productive start to his career with a win and two solid placed efforts in four attempts, but it had to be said, there were times when he looked a slightly reluctant hero. Casting those aspersions to one side, the son of Mukhadram knuckled down to the task at hand when getting up in the dying strides to record his only victory so far to date at Wolverhampton last August, but after that, his next two runs rather undid all his previous good work. Gelded in the interim, he was then pitched into the white-hot heat of the King George Handicap at Royal Ascot last time out and considering his previous performances, it was no surprise to see him sent off the 100-1 rank outsider of the 18-strong field. Dropped out the back and keen early on, he did, however, run on in very pleasing style throughout the final half a mile to finish a never-nearer ninth and considering the strength of opposition ahead of him behind, his display has to go down as a career high. Surprisingly lowered in the ratings by the assessor despite the facts suggesting otherwise, Berkshire Savvy should easily be capable of going well in these much calmer waters with the stronger handling of Oisin Murphy seen as a big plus.
ROSA GOLD (NAP) (best price 5-2) got off the mark at the fourth time of asking in emphatic fashion at Leicester four days ago and with tonight’s contest looking no stronger on paper, there’s every chance Rae Guest’s filly can replicate the feat and keep up her handler’s recent good run (38% strike rate).
Slowly away and well behind by halfway, the daughter of Havana Gold still had to pick her socks up with three furlongs to run, but in coming with a sustained challenge down the centre of the track from that point onward, she ended up waltzing by her rivals to score going away. In doing so, she posted a useful overall time for a horse of her grade and with tonight’s track tailor made for her run style based on how most of the round track races pan out in the home straight in recent times, a reproduction of her powerful finish down the centre of the course should turn out to be the determining factor.