Horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's racing.
BLACK KALANISI (best price 9-2) has taken pretty well to fences based on his four attempts so far and with his current wellbeing confirmed with two positive outcomes in two races on the all-weather in the interim, Joseph Tuite’s gelding can register career win number six.
A winner on the Flat and over hurdles, the son of Kalanisi was tried over fences in the Autumn in order to further his options and after unseating rider on his first attempt, his made amends next time by finishing a creditable third to the smart Happygolucky in a strongly-run beginners’ chase at Stratford. Despite facing two useful opponents at Plumpton next time, the eight-year-old found plenty for pressure to see off the useful Francky Du Berlais from the second last and with the time figure once again good, it was slightly disappointing to see him run well below par at Fontwell next time. Back on track with a smooth victory in a jumper’s bumper at Lingfield a month later, he only found the progressive Indigo Times too good at Chelmsford last time out and with both of those excellent efforts serving the purpose of keeping him ticking over nicely, he should still be in the kind of form to run to his usually standard on ground that will be far more to his liking than of late.
ARIJ (best price 7-2) hasn’t done too much wrong since winning over tonight’s C&D back in December and another solid effort looks on the cards from Simon & Ed Crisford’s gelding.
Racing in the first-time hood/tongue-tie combination on his first visit to the Essex venue, the son of Charm Spirit battled on bravely from the front to force a dead-heat with the improving Power Of States and even though he hasn’t managed to add to his tally in four subsequent starts, his levels of performances courtesy of some cracking time figures suggests he’s still going at full throttle. Not disgraced on each occasion when runner-up to Dark Pine recently, his latest display can be upgraded due to the blindfold being taken o0ff too late and being drawn stall one this evening, one would imagine plenty of use will be made of him if hitting the lids and getting into a good early rhythm.