Horse racing expert Andy Holing has five tips for today's meetings.
- Andy Holding has five tips for today's racing at Down Royal, Ayr and more
- Andy is currently 211.77pts in profit for 2020 and 58.21pts in profit for October.
13:50 Down Royal
Back Getaway Gorgeous at 5-1
GETAWAY GORGEOUS (best price 5-1) is improving all the time and arriving here following a career-high effort at the Listowel festival, another bold show looks on the cards for this likeable mare.
Yet to be out of the first two in ten starts, Willie Mullins’ inmate kept that amazing record intact with a brave effort in an ultra-competitive Grade B handicap 36 days ago and with the speed figure of that race at the Kerry venue strongly suggesting we are dealing with high-quality form of its kind, it’s hard to envisage her not having a huge say in this similar event given normal luck in running. Her jumping, which has been a bit scrappy on occasions, was a good deal slicker last time.
Back Teodolina at 10-1
The one time TEODOLINA (best price 10-1) encountered proper soft underfoot conditions she ran out an impressive winner in a decent time figure and with today’s contest having the feel of a wide open race for which ability to handle the ground is likely to be at a premium, Richard Hannon’s filly can step up on all her previous achievements and gain some valuable black type.
In the money on all five starts this season, the daughter of Kodiac was a well-backed favourite to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking at Haydock and after travelling extremely well throughout, she just had to be nudged out hands and heels by her pilot to record an easy success. Form-wise, it’s good to see the second and fourth score since and even though she failed in her bid to endorse the race herself next time, the combination of faster ground and a drop back to seven-furlong against a speedier model in the shape of Lucid Dreamer counted against her. Although she only has a mark of 85 - which is a little short for the requirements of listed standard - it’s not as if many of her rivals are through the roof in the ratings (top Alba Rose with 96) and in any case, today’s contest will be all about who will handle the ground best and not about weights and measures, so it makes sense to go with that angle and make her a decent each-way bet.
Back Decor Irlandais
A fascinating renewal of this Grade 2 hurdle with so many different permutations, and one of the possibilities is DÉCOR IRLANDAIS (best price 17-2) makes a big leap forward from quality handicapper to taking his game to another level and he rates a sporting choice to back up that viewpoint.
Runner-up in a Graded novice event at Warwick last season, Noel Kelly’s gelding proved no match for the big guns in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but the mere fact he was even considered good enough for those sort of races is testimony to the progress he made in such a short space of time last winter. Eye-catching over an inadequate two miles on his return to action in July, he duly made no mistake when running over a more suitable distance at Killarney last time out and with fitness on his side, the strong-travelling son of Hello Sunday is fancied to capture a decent slice of the pie if ridden in his usual patient fashion.
Back Kid Commando at 10-3
KID COMMANDO (best price 10-3) was the contributory factor to his own downfall on several occasions, being a little too keen for his own good, but there’s no denying the engine is there to make an impact over hurdles and with there being a fair chance he may have settled down in the intervening period, Anthony Honeyball’s gelding is fancied to take advantage of what appears to be a reasonable opening mark.
Impressive when scoring at the first time of asking in a bumper at Fontwell, the son of Robin Des Champs was all the rage to follow up against much tougher opposition over today’s course next time and although he ran well enough, there were a few long faces in the yard that he got beat. Unfortunately, a similar fate awaited him on his return visit in a listed bumper a month later, once again doing himself no favours being too keen, so it was decided to move on and send him over hurdles. Immeadiatly off the mark as his odds suggested at Plumpton, connections took the bull by the horns and ran him in the Grade 2 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton pre-Cheltenham and although he got beaten fair and square on the day, there was plenty of encouragement to be gleaned. Settling better, he ran all the way to the line to finish seven lengths behind the impressive winner Highway One O Two, and with the hope that a performance of that nature against strong opposition will set him up nicely for this new season, this talented six-year-old should has enough qualities to make an impact in this sphere.
Back Goodbinator at 3-1
A tightly-knit little handicap but it’s one GOOBINATOR (best price 3-1) should ultimately turn out to be a major contender in based on his relatively unexposed profile.
Apart from a lightly below par effort on his final start as a juvenile, Donald McCain’s gelding enjoyed a pretty productive campaign with two wins and as many seconds in four attempts and with his best efforts coming as a result of testing conditions, he was probably entitled to find good ground at Chepstow a little on the lively side on his opening salvo this term. That said, he may have well finished a little closer than fourth had enjoyed a smoother passage around the Welsh venue and with today’s flatter track over a sharper two-miles likely to see him in a better light, the son of Noble Mission can regain the winning thread.