Andy Holding has two tips for today's racing, including a 2pt NAP at Chelmsford
HARRY’S BAR (NAP) (best price 2-1) must have his own tankard under the bar he’s been here that many times and he’s fancied to press home that advantage despite the steadier of top weight.
A winner of two of his four starts at the Essex venue and placed in the other two, James Fanshawe’s gelding arrives here in tip-top shape following his latest victory at the track 29 days ago and with that success also coming over his first attempt at seven furlongs, a whole new dimension has been added to his game. Previously best over shorter trips, the son of managed to see out the trip well despite racing keenly in the early stages and in beating the likes of quality handicappers Admirality, Society Lion and Keyser Soze, the son of Exceed And Excel also clocked a very smart speed figure. A strong traveller through his races with a smart turn of foot, he’s likely to have far too much speed for today’s six rivals and he should be backed accordingly.
KARAKORAM (best price 8-1) shaped like he’d be a good deal better for the outing on his first start for 176 days at Newton Abbot last time out and he rates a decent each-way option away from the front end of the market with the dead eight due to go to post.
A largely consistent performer at this level, the five-year-old managed to win just once last season, but it was noticeable that victory came on his second outing after a long break, hence the possible angle with him here today. After landing that Class 4 handicap hurdle at Ludlow, Grace Harris’ gelding ran well in pretty every start thereafter other than one blip on his dance card due to heavy ground at Lingfield, and he’s just as comfortable on good ground as he proved at the West Country venue 19 days ago. In a race run at a sound gallop - especially when Constancio turned on the gas on the final circuit - the son of Excelebration couldn’t quite go the pace turning out the back straight, but it was noticeable that he kept on well enough to finish on the coat tails of in-form pair Teqany and Ferrobin, and that has to go down as a more than respectable effort given the front two had the benefit of a previous outing. Surprisingly dropped down to a mark of 114 despite his performance that day, the booking of Paddy Brennan is also seen as a positive and even though he faces fairly stiff competition in the shape of in-form Jamacho and locally-trained Vision Clear, he’s fancied to more than hold his own.