Andy Holding fired in winners at 7/1 and 5/2 yesterday and has three more tips for Tuesday
SUDONA (NAP) (best price 3-1) quite clearly bumped into a massively rejuvenated character in the shape of Solo Saxophone at Thirsk last time out, but facing nothing capable of knocking out 33 and change fractions for the final three furlongs in this heat today, David O’Meara’s mare should go very close to opening his account for new connections.
Formerly with Hugo Palmer, the daughter of Zoffany started off life at her Upper Helmsley base on a positive note when runner-up to the useful Howzer Black after a 287-day break at Haydock and although she couldn’t quite manage to exceed that position at the Yorkshire venue a week later, the circumstances surrounding her defeat were of an unusual nature to say the very least. Take the winner out of the equation from that well-run affair 21 days ago, the five-year-old showed a clean pair of heels herself to the rest of her opponents, and with the handicapper in his wisdom somehow leaving her on the same mark (Solo Saxophone now rated 84), she’s strongly fancied to take advantage of such leniency in a race of similar quality.
Like most of Aidan O’Brien’s juveniles, Divinely looks sure to come on a good deal from her debut effort at Leopardstown 16 days ago, but at the same time, the form of the race won by Oodnadatta doesn’t amount to much (very slow speed figure) so it may pay to look towards DRESS KODE (best price 10-3) who has stronger credentials based on her opening gambit at Naas.
Although beaten eight lengths by Most Beautiful at the Co Kildare venue, Ger Lyon’s filly shaped a good deal better than then bare result, as she was hampered and checked in her run when gathering up a head of steam at the two-furlong pole. Once out in the clear, she rattled home to finish just in behind the main players and when you consider they included the likes of Measure Of Magic, Miss Amulet and Aloha Star, who have all won since, her performance has to go down as a pretty useful one first time off the shelf. Given the way she finished off her race, the daughter of Kodiac seems likely to appreciate today’s extra two furlongs and she looks an exciting ride for rookie pilot Sam Ewing, who has been given the job of doing the honours by connections on his first ride in public.
One or two interesting candidates on paper in this competitive-looking handicap, but the bottom line is if ALLY CAL (best price 8-1) turns up in the same form as she did here 15 days ago, she’ll be more than a handful for one or two of the bigger names in the line-up.
Having her first run for 115 days since leaving Declan Wall, the daughter of Alhebayeb had slumped to the kind of low that made her 22-1 starting price totally justifiable, but in a miraculous change in fortunes, she looked a completely different horse than the one we’d seen previously. Held up towards the rear, John McConnell’s filly still had plenty to do as the field turned for home but in putting in a turbo-charged finish, she swept past the majority of the field in a short space of time to win going away. Looking at her numbers compared to the rest of the races on the round track, and it’s no wonder that she, along with the runner-up. Overheer, managed to pull 10 lengths clear of the rest of the field and even though the assessor has done his best in a bid to redress the balance, he may have still underestimated her level of improvement. Isotope, who ran well despite not receiving a clear run in the Irish Apprentice Derby and Rock On Seamie, who posted decent numbers himself when scoring at Tipperary last time out, rate the two main dangers.