After finishing 15pts up last week racing expert Andy Holding has two tips to start off this Monday.
CERBERUS (NAP) (best price 3-1) warmed up for a tilt for this prize with an eye-catching effort behind in-form stable companion Baron Samedi on the Flat at Navan recently and with that first outing for 181 days likely to have done him the world of good, Joseph O’Brien’s gelding looks to have a fine opportunity to capture his first start in handicap company off what appears a fair mark.
Just short of top class in his first season over hurdles, the son of Iffraaj wound up his campaign with an excellent effort in the Triumph Hurdle and having also taken a Grade 3 Hurdle at Punchestown along the way, his body of work reads well in the context of today’s race. Placed in two Grade 1’s at Chepstow and Leopardstown further add an extra layer of quality to his performances and with many of those efforts coming via strong time figure races, the four-year-old should be very much at home with the tempo these races are often run. Moreover, the way he finished off his race from the tail of the field at the Co Meath venue 11 days ago strongly suggested he’s in as good a shape as he was when he signed off, and with the ground at the Kerry venue in beautiful condition for a horse of his classy nature, there shouldn’t be too many excuses if the likeable chestnut can’t make some sort of impact.
ALTHUMAMA LINE (best price 7-1) shaped with an immense amount of promise on her debut over today’s course and even though her wide draw in stall 11 is a proper pain in the backside, the daughter of Memhas can go close to providing her rookie handler his first career win.
Nibbled at big prices here earlier in the month, Hilal Kobeissi’s filly put herself on the backfoot by being a little slow into stride and given those at the front end were trapping along a fair old lick, she did well to make up the lost ground and to finish just on the coat tails of the main action. Considering how she hit the line, it’s safe to suggest she will be better served by today’s extra furlong and with her experience of the track sure to count for plenty in the final analysis, the Qatar-based juvenile can easily outrun her morning odds.