Horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's meetings.
The runners at Town Moor today are greeted today with the word ‘good’ in the going description for the first time for ages and providing it stays that way throughout the day (favourable forecast), the more the chance of SUPAKALANISTIC (best price 11-2) taking this prize improve.
A winner of his first handicap at Market Rasen this time last year when making pretty much all the running, the son of Kalanisi failed in his bid to follow up at Ludlow two weeks later, but as the ground was softer than ideal at the Shropshire venue, he can be excused a slightly below-par day at the office. Given the whole summer off, the eight-year-old returned to action on the Flat at Chepstow and despite being one of the outsiders of the party in a1m4f maiden, he ran out a decisive winner. Back over hurdles, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ gelding took his new-found confidence to Kempton to tackle a competitive three-mile event and dictating matters from the front, he exhibited a good combination of speed and stamina to fend of a series of challengers over the final half a mile. Since then, he has been plying his trade on an all-weather surface with connections keen to keep him ticking over nicely until the better ground returns to the grass scene and with those recent exploits going a long way to suggest he remains in tip-top shape (two seconds and a win) a big run looks on the cards with fitness, trip, ground and track all seemingly in his favour.
TRIXIE WATERBURY (best price 4-1) produced a massive performance to run down Aces N Kings here the C&D here last week and she’s fancied to confirm the form with her old rival in a race where the pair look to dominate again.
On an afternoon where the place to be was on the speed, a wide draw and being held up as a result meant Harry Dunlop’s filly had an awful lot to do as the field turned for home, but despite being the thick end of six or seven lengths off the front runner three out, she managed to find the necessary gear change to run down her prey in the shadows of the post. Maintaining her form superbly since scoring at Lingfield a month ago, the daughter of Baltic King should get a similar pace to aim at with Aces N Kings likely to go forward and press on from stall one and providing she breaks well and finds herself within striking range at the cutaway, her trademark turn of foot can be the determining factor late in the piece.