Horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's meetings, including a NAP at Chelmsford.
MICKYDEE (best price 6-1) created a favourable impression with his effort on debut over today’s C&D 20 days ago and with that initial effort likely to have stood him in good stead for future endeavours, Richard Hannon’s colt rates a confident choice to put that vital track experience to good use.
Given plenty of time to find his stride from his wide draw at the Wiltshire venue, the son of Twilight Sun still had more in front than behind him at the three-furlong pole, but in staying on nicely in the latter stages, he managed to work his way through the pack and into a respectable third-place finish at the line. Hitting the line fairly strong, the likeable colt left the impression he would know more next time and with a little ease in the ground unlikely to cause him too many issues based on what conditions were like on debut, he should end up being a major player.
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JACK THUNDER (best price 11-1) had the misfortune to bump into a progressive novice in the shape of Calum Gilhooley at Newton Abbot last time out, but despite that excellent effort, he’s still appears to have come out of that strong contest with a fair opening handicap mark of 110 and he’s fancied to exploit that apparent leniency on his first start in this sphere.
Totally disregarded in the betting at the West Country venue, Charlie Mann’s gelding was always shaping as though he was going to outrun his odds throughout that well-run contest and if it wasn’t for the power-packed finish of the eventual winner, he would have pulled off a massive shock. That said, he still finished nicely clear of subsequent winner The Bees Knees, and providing today’s softer ground doesn’t inconvenience him too much, he looks to have a better chance than his 12-1 morning quotes suggest.
LAYFAYETTE (best price 4-1) finally came good at this sort of level when scoring in a very fast time last time out at Naas and with the extra trip and ground patently the key to his winning performance at the Co Kildare venue, he should be seen to equally effective here this afternoon.
Placed against some similarly improving three-year-olds at Galway and Cork over a mile, Noel Meade’s colt was finally given the chance to stretch out over further at the Co Kildare track and the decision to do so was immediately rewarded. Coming from a long way back, the son of French Navy found a rare turn of foot to get up in the shadows of the post and that combination of stamina and speed are always likely to prove quite handy attributes at this level. Withdrawn from a similar contest at Listowel last week due to heavy ground, hopefully today’s slightly better conditions will prove more beneficial and he can keep his upwardly mobile profile going in the right direction.
An above average-looking three-year-old handicap with the potential two well-treated colts in the line-up in the shape of EL SALVAJE (NAP) (best price 5-2) and Born A King and of the pair, the former just gains the vote on account of his superior course form.
A creditable third to the smart Lord Tennyson on his first visit to the Essex venue last season, David Simcock’s returned to the scene of that splendid effort last time out and in what turned out to be a well-run affair, he only just succumbed to the late thrust of Global Art in the latter strides. Forced wide at a crucial stage rounding the home turn, things may have turned out differently if he’d not given valuable ground away to the winner, but as the time figure very good for the grade and he hasn’t been too harshly penalised for the performance, he has a fine chance to go one place better in a race likely to be run at a similarly strong gallop courtesy of Born A King in the line-up.