Horse racing expert, Andy Holding, has three tips for today's meetings.
A wide opening Group 3 fillies’ contest with a multitude of permutations but it’s a race ARRIVISTE (best price 14-1) should be capable of making some sort of impact in if she puts her best foot forward.
Useful at two, Rae Guest’s filly opened her account for the new season by chasing home the very smart Award Scheme at Salisbury and considering what the winner has gone on to achieve since, there was always a decent chance she would follow a similar pattern-race route. Indeed, that has ended up being the case as the daughter has twice visited French shores in search of black type and if she had not have been so aggressively ridden on each occasion, she may have completed her goal. Leaving the impression she would be better served by distances shorter than 1m2f, today’s straight mile should turn out more beneficial, and providing she’s given a chance to ease her way into the race rather than being blasted from the front, she has a decent chance of finishing on the podium.
NIBBELERS CHARM (best price 7-1) has been kept on his toes by connections since bolting up in a keenly-contested hurdle at the Galway Festival and now returning to the National Hunt scene following those two respectable efforts on the Flat, Ray Hackett’s gelding is fancied to take high rank.
Looking back at his victory at Ballybrit and not only was it a very strong race regards speed figures, the form of the race in question couldn’t have worked out any better with the likes of Poseidon, Décor Irlandais, Goodbye Sunday and Ardamir all winning since. Although a shade disappointing not to have made a bigger impact in his two subsequent forays on the level, he hasn’t run too badly, and now returning to the same track which saw him land a bumper two years ago, the son of Court Cave looks primed to give it his best shot under ideal conditions.
SIMSIR (best price 15-2) could never land a blow in a hugely-competitive handicap at the Curragh last time out, largely due to a poor track position throughout, but he did run on well enough in the closing stages to suggest he would have been a factor with a more forward-thinking ride and he’s afforded another chance to back up that view returning to a track where he’s gone well in the past.
Drawn stall one at the Co Kildare venue, Michael Halford’s gelding somehow found himself towards the rear of the pack at the halfway stage and considering the size of the field and the level of opposition ahead of him, he did extremely well to finish a never-nearer fifth. Indeed, had he received a clearer passage throughout the closing stages he would have easily bettered his finishing position and now back to a C&D which has seen him run to a pretty high standard in two previous visits, the son of Zoffany rates an interesting contender in a race well within his compass.