Horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips today including a 2pt NAP at Yarmouth
LADY ELEANOR (NAP) (best price 3-1) hit the ball out of the park on the figures when landing an above-average novice event last time out and even though she’s racing over a furlong shorter on her return visit, she’s still expected to put up another bold show.
Promising in two starts last season, James Fanshawe’s filly was allowed to go off at 25-1 on her first outing for 217 days here a month ago and as it turned out, her position in the market proved totally unfounded. Noted travelling well in behind the strong pace at halfway, the daughter of Iffraaj moved up sweetly to the pace setters approaching the final furlong and then just nudged out hands and heels, she poke her head in front close home to win a shade comfortably. Clocked a very decent speed for the grade, the lightly-raced chestnut looks to have been handed a more than favourable opening handicap mark of 82 and with the eighth home, Parent’s Prayer, going on to endorse the form at Ayr last night, confidence is high she can fly the flag for the same race here 16 days ago.
Basilicata is bound to be a popular choice with the punters having scored over today’s C&D last time out, but as the time figure wasn’t that great, she may turn out to be more vulnerable than her odds suggest up against the equally promising WISPERING ANGEL (best price 10-3).
An encouraging sixth in a fairly warn maiden at Newmarket on debut, Richard Spencer’s filly was sent to Thirsk in her bid to shed the maiden tag and although she failed trouble the judge in her attempt, she did catch the eye with the way she finished off her race. As it turned out, the daughter of Atwaad was the most inconvenienced of the big players at the Yorkshire venue being drawn away from the main action towards the stands side fence, so the fact she managed to keep on as well as she did is testimony to her ability. Numbers-wise, the race in question nine days ago was a surprisingly good one for the grade and hailing from a stable who has hit a nice piece of form recently, she makes plenty of appeal at her morning odds.
HAPARANDA (best price 5-1) hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in four starts to date, but in mitigation, she has been up against some pretty useful fodder in above-average maidens and today’s company should provide her with a better opportunity to be more competitive than of late.
Unable to cut much ice on her seasonal reappearance at Navan against her own sex, the daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar was pitched in against the colts at Naas last time out and although she only just bettered her finishing position by one place, her overall performance levels definitely went up a notch. Keeping on well late on in what turned out to be a strongly-run affair, Dermot Weld’s filly gave out the sort of signs to suggest she would be seen to better effect when upped in trip in handicap company and with the cheekpieces on for the first time to potentially raise her game to another level, she rates a fair bet at the morning prices against what has to be said is a fairly modest bunch.
GALILEO DANCE (best price 16-1) shaped better than the bare result suggested on his debut at Fairyhouse 30 days ago and even though he faces one or two familiar names from the National Hunt scene, he can more than fly the flag for the Flat race boys.
Relatively easy to back at the Co Meath venue, Joseph O’Brien’s colt was in a fairly decent position as the field made their way down the back straight but by the time the main players had kicked for home rounding the final bend, he rather got stuck in a pocket and, as a result, lost any chance he may have had of making an impact. Running on nicely once out on the clear, the son of Galileo sent out the sort of messages to suggest he would have had some sort of say in the final outcome with a smoother passage and providing he can handle tonight’s softer surface, he has every chance of proving his morning odds are all out of whack.
Of the main players, Peregrine Run in a grand old stick and continues to thrive over fences but, as all his best form has come on decent ground, tonight’s conditions offer some cause for concern for those thinking about backing him at a short price. Chosen Mate was brilliant in the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival but less so on his reappearance at Tipperary the other day, so the jury is out with him to a degree, while Polished Steel is also better known for his exploits over fences and there has to be an element of guesswork involved with his suitability to running on the Flat.