Our racing expert has four tips for today's racing, including a 2pt NAP at Lingfield.
- Andy Holding has four tips for today's racing, at Navan, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
- Andy is currently 189.39pts in profit for 2020 and 35.83pts in profit for October.
Back Hazard at 9-4
HAZARD (best price 9-4) created a favourable impression on this very same card a year ago and following a promising effort at Tipperary recently that should have blown away the cobwebs, Edward Lyman’s colt is fancied to strike at the third time of asking.
Slowly into stride and behind at halfway at the Co Meath venue on his debut, the son of Slade Power impressed with the way he finished off his race to finish a never-nearer fourth to the useful Nullifier over the minimum trip and off the back of that effort, he went into the notebook as one to keep on side for this season. Not seen out for 346 days, the three-year-old clearly must have had some sort of setback in the intervening period but that didn’t stop him running well on his comeback run at the Limerick Junction venue 19 days ago. As is often the case on soft ground at this track, the runners tend to migrate towards the stands side in search for better conditions so being housed in stall 2 immediately put him behind the eight ball. To end up finishing on the heels of the main players after surrendering track position as well after a slow start was an effort well worth upgrading and with the likelihood of him being all the better for that initial experience, he rates a confident vote in what looks a fairly weak affair on paper.
Bear Ghylls my NAP at 11-4
Potentially, some extremely smart recruits to the hurdling ranks make their eagerly-awaited debuts and of those, BEAR GHYLLS (NAP) (best price 11-4) is bang up there regards pure ability based on what he did in his bumper win at Warwick last season.
Seemingly unfancied at the Midland venue 228 days ago, Nicky Martin’s gelding was always travelling like he was going to make a mockery of those fancy odds and having picked up the running still going best half a mile from home, he drew further and further clear of his rivals with every stride. Despite running green and having a good look around in the latter stages, the son of Arcadio still had 20 lengths advantage over a field that contained the likes of well-regarded Bobhopeornohope and easy Newbury winner, Your Darling, and with time figure also suggesting he’d run to an extremely high standard, there’s every reason to believe the form. Indeed, the runner-up, Guard Your Dreams has already done his bit to enhance the race by scoring easily on his hurdling debut and providing connections haven’t left too much up their sleeve for the rest of the season, this strapping chasing type can go close to making a winning start to his new vocation.
Back William Of Wykeham at 3-1
It doesn’t always work out that supposedly well handicapped horses returning to the Flat after productive campaigns in the National Hunt sphere will naturally take advantage, but such is the scale of leniency at the door of WILLIAM OF WYKEHAM (best price 3-1) that connections of Mark McNiff’s gelding will be tearing their hair out of he doesn’t go close here off a mark of just 45.
Seemingly not much good under either code until all of a sudden bursting into life with a ridiculously easy win over hurdles at Ballinrobe back in July, the son of Arcano proved that victory was no fluke with another sumptuous performance a month later at Roscommon. Just undone by the classy Décor Irlandais in a much stronger race at Killarney next time, the bubble burst to a small degree when not quite at his best last time out at Punchestown. but wisely he’s been given a small break to get refreshed and that decision should turn out to be a good move as he bids to make a mockery of his bargain basement mark under ideal conditions.
Military Mission my final tip at 5-2
MILITARY MISSION (best price 5-2) has run with plenty of encouragement on two starts on turf and providing he can now translate the same level of form to this new surface at the first time of asking, he should go very close to breaking his duck.
Extremely promising first time out at Sandown when staying on from a long way back to finish runner-up to the useful Just Fine, Hugo Palmer’s colt did about as well as could be expected next time out at Haydock after totally fluffing the start. The way he stayed on, however, strongly suggested he has a decent engine and with the numbers at the Merseyside track pointing towards him running to a high standard despite giving valuable ground away, a good break tonight should give him every chance of putting his experience to good use over several well-regarded types making their debuts.