Horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's meetings.
- Andy Holding has five tips for today's racing at Stratford, Lingfield and more
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Back Annie Day at 16-1
A competitive maiden hurdle for mares’ but not an earth-shattering standard by any means with the top-rated horse, Go Millie Go, nestling on a mark of 115, so it could well be that an outsider in the shape of ANNIE DAY (best price 16-1), can make some sort of impact on her hurdling debut.
Sent off 40-1 for her rules debut in a bumper at Ffos Las, as anticipated she found the quickening pace too hot to handle in the closing stages (smart time figure), but she did keep on well enough to suggest she might be seen in a better light when posed with a stiffer test. Indeed, looking at her point-to-point success on her final outing in Ireland, the ground was pretty searching at Kilfeacle back in January, so if today’s track soaks up the rain forecast for the early hours of this morning and into the afternoon, conditions will hopefully allow her to outrun her morning odds.
Back Aintree My Dream at 9-2
AINTREE MY DREAM (best price 9-2) is on a little bit of a losing run, but he has been keeping company with some pretty smart handicap chasers in the last 18 months, and following a solid effort on his recent to action at Fontwell earlier in the month, Milton Harris’ gelding rates a must for the shortlist with conditions in his favour.
Placed five times in Class 3 grade last season, most notably when chasing home Mystical Cloud in a decent contest at Kempton, the son of Saint Des Saints enjoyed a nice long break until returning to the fray at the Sussex venue after a 226-day hiatus and if it wasn’t for a bad mistake at the last when looking the most likely winner, he might have begun his campaign in the best possible fashion. That said, he had plenty of decent sorts behind him that day, such as Azzerti, Highway One O One and Cobra De Mai, and with the time figure also suggesting it was a fair effort, the 10-year-old looks poised to go well over a C&D he’s been successful over in the past.
Back Sorrel at 10-3
SORREL (best price 10-3) has made steady progression all season to get her to the point whereby she thoroughly deserves to have a crack at this sort of level and if her speed figures are anything to go by, there’s every chance she will acquit herself with glory on her first attempt in pattern company.
Improving with each test, Sir Michael Stoute’s filly has really thrived since being stepped up to middle-distances and her latest effort when scoring in game fashion at Doncaster suggested a strongly-run race at 1m4f is ideal. Although still only rated 94, her numbers she’s been posting indicate she’s better than that current assessment and having had a couple of spins on an all-weather surface as a two-year-old, she looks primed to gain some black type over a track and trip that will suit.
Back La Dragontea at 8-1
LA DRAGONTEA (best price 8-1) had series of productive performances sealed with a victory over tonight’s C&D last time out and with the strong possibility of more to come, Michael Bell’s filly rates a fair bet at the morning prices given her proven suitability to the track and surface.
Thought highly enough to contest the Lingfield Oaks trial on her first start of the season, Michael Bell’s filly hasn’t quite hit the heights connections would have liked, but she has at least been extremely consistent and it was nice to see a series of placed efforts rewarded with a comfortable win here last time. Despite racing a little bit keenly early on 39 days ago, she still found plenty for pressure in the latter stages to keep the well-fancied Zahratty at bay, and with the time figure backing up the visual impression of the performance, confidence is high she can reward solid each-way support on her return visit.