Horse racing expert, Andy Holding, has four selections for today's racing, including a 2pt NAP Sedgefield.
BEACH BREAK (best price 13-2) shaped really pleasingly on his first outing over hurdles for the thick end of nine months at Stratford last time out and on a day when his trainer sponsors one of the main events, he should be primed to keep the Cholmondeley handler firmly in the spotlight.
A fairly reliable sort at this sort of level over the last few seasons, Donal McCain’s gelding is usually at his best around this time of year when the ground is decent and he produced another useful effort under such conditions when an excellent fourth in a well-run and competitive affair at the Midland venue 70 days ago. Despite his lack of match fitness, he looked a big threat to the front-running Cubswin on the home turn, but no sooner had he got the girth of the eventual winner, he could only find the one pace thereafter. That said, the speed figure of the race and subsequent victories of the runner-up, Beyond The Clouds, and third Teqany, strongly suggests the son of Cacique was in very deep in what turned out to be a very hot Class 3 affair and although this contest is by no means a stroll in the park, he has the qualities to more than hold his own. Additionally, his form figures around today’s track read 211 and when Brian Hughes is on board 22211134412, so he has every assistance in his bid to see himself back in the winners’ enclosure.
Fiscal Rules should find today’s task a good bit simpler after taking on Group 1 company a couple of times this season but despite his obvious claims, LE JARDIN SECRET (best price 10-1) makes much more appeal as a solid each-way alternative in both the win and without the favourite markets.
Quietly fancied prior to making her debut at Fairyhouse just over a few ago, Dermot Weld’s filly unfortunately gave her supporters little chance of a winning yield with a slow start, but what she did produce was a promising display in the second half of the contest, thus providing hope that she could recoup some of those losses further down the line. A big, scopey filly with a touch of quality and presence about her, the daughter of No Nay Never will hopefully break a good deal better second time around and at least give herself a chance of being more competitive at the business end.
To Fly Free has shaped okay on both her two starts to date over hurdles, but not that well to suggest she deserves to be quoted around the even money mark in some places to land a race of this nature just yet, so she’s worth taking on with JUST MARVIN (NAP) (best price 2-1) who impressed visually and on the clock when scoring at Uttoxeter last time out.
Winless in nine starts heading into that competitive heat at the Midland venue, the son of Atraf was given a very patient ride in a bid to finally get off the mark and having travelled up smoothly into the heat of battle approaching the second last, he stayed on strongly to deservedly get his head in front. What appeared just a regulation victory in a fairly low-grade handicap, the post-race analysis revealed Alex Hales’ gelding had managed to run the last circuit in a quicker time than the Class 3 0-135 handicap won by Flashing Glance, so based on those findings, there’ more than a fair chance just a small rise in the ratings won’t be enough to prevent him from following up. Twice the size of his more fancied market rival in terms of pure physique, it also makes little sense why he is twice the price on the morning lists and he should be backed accordingly.