Andy Holding has two tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Dundalk.
SETTLE FOR BAY (NAP) (best price 7-2) could never throw his cap in the ring here last time out due to a bad draw and seven-furlongs being on the sharp side, but with seemingly everything back in his favour on his return to the Co Lough venue, David Marnane’s gelding can keep the decent run of his yard going in the right direction.
A real classy performer on his day, highlighted by his win in the Royal Hunt Cup several years ago, the son of Rio De La Plata isn’t quite in the same bracket nowadays (was rated 107 in his pomp), but at the same time, he’s more than useful when racing in and around this sort of level – particularly over today’s course. Although he’s had the odd dalliance over seven furlongs to reasonable effect, the seven-year-old really comes into his own when challenged with tonight’s C&D, as a perfect record of 5-5 testifies. In maintaining his 100% record over the mile, he claimed the scalps of several in-form performers back in December and although he failed in his bid to follow up when dropped back down in trip two weeks later, he did more than enough to suggest he remains in decent shape. Held up towards the rear early, he did about as well as could be expected from where he was positioned at halfway and now he’s back to the kind of level where is most definitely a big fish in a small pond, the track specialist should easily be capable going close with normal luck in running.
AMAYSMONT (best price 4-1) posted a career-high on the figures when bolting up over the C&D 13 days ago and despite the not too insignificant presence of Secret Victory in opposition, Richard Fahey’s gelding has nothing to fear on his repeat bid.
Having his first outing at the Essex track, the son of Mayson was held up last of five in the early stages as the well-fancied Asad cut out strong fractions and that good gallop really played into his hands as he came through very powerfully in the final two furlongs to win going away. Knowing how good the speed figure was and how comfortable the manner of victory looked, the four-year-old has done well to escape with only a minor abrasion regards his rating, and with another reasonable pace likely to be set with likes of Red Bond and Variyann in the line-up, the race should hopefully set up in a similar fashion to what he encountered on his previous visit.