Horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's meetings, including a NAP at Yarmouth.
Ability to handle proper soft autumn ground is paramount in the final few weeks of the Flat season, even more so with juveniles, and having already proven he copes with such conditions just fine with his win at Nottingham 13 days ago, INVER PARK (NAP) (best price 9-2) rates a fairly confident choice to keep up the good recent run of Micky Quinn.
Better than his previous finishing position suggested on his first visit to the seaside venue when forced to challenge wide over on the unfavourable far side, the son of Pivotal was nicely backed to go three places better at the Midland venue next time and even though he ended up delivering the goods, it didn’t look like he would at halfway. Slow away and towards the rear early, the sizeable colt took plenty of time to get into top gear in what turned out to be a well-run affair, but as the pace collapsed in the latter stages he stuck to his task manfully to gain the day close home.
ARCADIAN NIGHTS (best price 8-1) has shaped with plenty of promise on her opening two starts and he looks to have been handed the kind of mark that should allow him to make some sort of impact on his handicap/all-weather debut.
Promising in the latter stages after being slowly away and green early in a useful maiden at Haydock on debut (runner-up won since), Mick Channon’s colt went to Nottingham for his recent outing and although he failed to trouble the judge, he did keep on well enough in fifth to suggest brighter times were ahead. Figures-wise, the race in question at the Midland venue point towards an above-average juvenile heat, so to come out of both races with a rating of just 63 is pretty acceptable to say the least. Being by a sire who’s offspring usually do well on this sort of surface, the son of Exceed And Excel should be more at home under tonight’s than the soft ground he’s encountered so far and at the morning prices, he looks well worth an each-way interest.
MINI MILK (best price 4-1) proved an expensive failure at Salisbury last time, but as that demise can be entirely put down by the horrible ground at the Wiltshire venue 19 days ago, she’s afforded another chance now returning to the scene which witnessed her simply laugh at her opponents over tonight’s C&D the time before.
All the rage at the Wiltshire venue under a 5lb penalty picked up from her previous victory at Kempton, she couldn’t convert what appeared a penalty kick on paper, unable to be anywhere near as effective as she was over a mile on polytrack eight days earlier. Going back to that romp at the Sunbury track a month ago, and her performance was even more remarkable owing to the fact her time figure was by some way the best on the card and with the runner-up, Rogue Tide, going on to score twice since, the form looks as good as the numbers suggest. Fairly slowly away when triumphant, her wide draw this evening, therefore is pretty immaterial and unless something in tonight’s field can raise their game to a level they haven’t managed to achieve in the past, Brian Meehan’s filly should take all the beating.