In the last three days Andy Holding has landed over 16pts in profit. He has two tips for today's racing.
There doesn’t appear to be anything outstanding on the speed figures or form in this two-year-old maiden so it might well be that the one who created the biggest impression on debut has the final say and that may turn out to be HANDBAGS N GLADRAGS (best price 10-1), who very much caught the eye on his opening gambit at the Curragh last month.
Sent off 150-1 in a competitive EBF qualifier at the Co Kildare venue, the daughter of Fast Company looked like she was going to live up to her lofty starting price at halfway as she only had one behind her at that juncture. However, picking up the bridle in no uncertain terms, Andrew Kinirons’ filly scythed her way through the pack so by the end of the six-furlong journey she managed to finish a never-nearer fifth. Looking at the numbers recorded for that contest 23 days ago and they come out well in the context of today’s race and with the runner-up, Rosie Bassett going on to boost the form back at the same track last week, there’s every reason to feel confident this filly can do the same. Whether she handles today’s much softer ground is a moot point, but either way, she looks to have a fair bit of ability judged on her initial display and is one to keep on side for a trainer going places.
LONGROOM (best price 7-1), like most sprinters at this level, can be a bit hit and miss, but there was a good deal of encouragement to be taken from his latest effort on the turf at Nottingham last time out and now back on a surface that he appears to enjoy, he can justify solid each-way support.
Squeezed out between horses at the start at the Midland venue three weeks ago, Paul Midgley’s gelding found himself in a poor position towards the back of the field at halfway, so it was to his eternal credit that he managed to stay on strongly to finish on the coat tails of the main players in fifth. Moreover, considering all his good late work was done away from where the main action took place, his performance deserves extra credit and now returning to a track where he has gone well on his last two visits for current connections, the son of Oasis Dream looks primed to go well again.