Andy Holding has three tips today, Including a 2pt NAP at Bath.
INDIAN SOUNDS (NAP) (best price 5-2) proved an instant hit over today’s C&D last time out and with conditions almost identical to what they were 19 days ago, Paul Midgley’s in-form sprinter can repeat the dose.
Just touched off at Thirsk the time before, the son of Exceed And Excel was a warm order to make amends on his first trip to the Somerset venue and despite taking a while to hit top stride, he ultimately justified his position in the market. Showing a smart turn of foot late on, the four-year-old posted some useful numbers for the grade and with him also being one of the only horses to win against the far side fence track bias, his performance deserves upgrading. Based on all the evidence of that impressive victory, a 6lb rise in the ratings could have been a whole lot worse and with today’s field containing plenty who like to go hard from the front, he should get the strong pace he desires.
LILYPAD (best price 11-2) doesn’t exactly jump off the page based on her form figures over jumps, but her recent efforts on the Flat give more cause for optimism and she’s fancied to provide in-form handler Amy Murphy with another winner off what should turn out to be a lenient mark.
Too keen for her own good on occasions during her short spell over hurdles last season, the daughter of New Approach seems to have turned over a new leaf based on her last two performances on the all-weather at Chelmsford and with her first run for 187 days resulting in a convincing victory a month ago, she was thoroughly expected to repeat the dose on her return to the Essex track a week later. Unfortunately, she received a rather injudicious ride by Raul De Silva and she ended up getting picked off late on by the more conservatively ridden Affair. That said, she still came out of the race with great credit and she now returns to the National Hunt game off a much lower mark than when she was last seen being pulled up on heavy ground at Market Rasen back in December. Clearly in much better heart than that dismal day back in winter, the five-year-old mare should be capable of making her presence felt in a race of this modest nature
SUDONA (best price 4-1) arrives here in tremendous shape following a thoroughly convincing win at Pontefract last week and even though he’s set to carry the steadier of 10st 5lb, that welter burden might not necessarily stop him from going close again.
Unlucky to bump into the revitalised Solo Saxophone at Thirsk on her second start of the campaign, David O’Meara’s mare got her due rewards a few weeks later when landing a competitive handicap in comfortable fashion and it’s significant that connections are looking to crack on with her while she still has a chance to run in class 5 grade. Clearly, there could be one or two well-handicapped three-year-olds among today’s field, such as Choral Work and Escalade, but her time figures and general consistency strongly suggests she will be able to cope with a slightly better standard of opponent and in any case, she’s been chalked up at such a price that it makes sense to play her each-way just for the insurance.