Horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's meetings.
A modest handicap where none of the participants have managed to win a race under rules between them but JUST GO FOR IT (best price 7-1) has done more than enough in her last three starts to suggest she may be capable of making a breakthrough at a fairly low level.
Having her first outing for 262-days in a competitive handicap at Exeter, Kevin Bishop’s mare managed to put her first lot of money in the plus column when fourth behind the in-form Expressino and she managed to follow up that promising effort with another decent display in a much better race at Taunton next time out. Outpaced down the back at the West Country venue, the daughter of Passing Glance stayed on well in the final half a mile to finish within a respectable distance behind the useful and improving pair, Chinwag and Zhiguli, and with the form of the race in question boosted by several of the participants several times since, a performance of a similar standard should be good enough to see her competitive in a contest as weak as today’s. Moreover, she was going well enough on her previous visit over today’s course last time to suggest she may have taken a hand in the finish (unseated rider while in a close up fourth) and with soft ground and today’s trip very much in her favour, the lightly-raced eight-year-old will hopefully be good enough to hit the frame at the very least.
Aaron’s Day was always going to be popular in the market based on the fact he won this race last season and was a massive eye-catcher first time after a break last time, but whether he’s a genuine 2-1 chance is open to debate and for us value seekers who sense there’s an opportunity to be grasped with both hands, BUA BOY (best price 13-1) make quite a bit of appeal at the morning prices.
Obviously, a good deal has to be taken on trust after a 156-day break that he’s somewhere near peak fitness and you could argue that slightly better ground may suit, but there’s also no getting away from the fact that he easily brings some of the best form to the table courtesy of his cracking effort in a Grade B handicap hurdle at the Listowel Festival back in September. Going into the race at the Kerry venue following two decisive victories, Denis Hogan’s gelding produced a career-high by finishing three lengths behind Drop The Anchor and given the exploits of the winner since (now rated 141 following two big handicap wins) he still remains potentially well treated off 123. Although he’s won over 2m4f, he seems better suited by a well-ran race over the minimum trip and even if he fails to shine today, he’s very much one to keep on side during the coming months for some of the better handicaps in the spring.