Our horse racing expert has two tips for today's meetings.
MADAME TANTZY (best price 12-1) ran out a convincing winner over today’s C&D under similar conditions last September and despite this sort of challenge being her stiffest one to date, she might just be capable of proving equal to the task.
Arriving at HQ with only one win next to her name, the daughter of Champs Elysees was fitted with the cheekpieces for the first time in the hope they might make some sort of difference and as it turned out, the headgear proved to be the catalyst to a career-high effort. Always travelling well off what turned out to be a strong pace, the five-year-old found a pleasing turn of foot inside the final two furlongs to pull well clear of her five rivals and with the time figure giving the performance a massive thumbs-up, it was slightly disappointing to see her fail to repeat the dose at Kempton on her final outing of the season. However, the surface at the Sunbury venue were very dry that afternoon, which may not have suited, and if you are prepared to forgive her that slight blip and concentrate on what she did to impressive subsequent winner Mostly on the Rowley Mile, she must have some sort of chance of figuring on her return visit.
If this meeting last year is any guide, those drawn towards the stands’ side rail might hold some sort of advantage and RIOT (best price 5-1) rates one of most likely to jump on the golden highway to success.
Runner-up on his first three runs on turf as a two-year-old before scoring on his final outing, the son of Kingman has clearly had his issue in the interim because he’s only run twice since, but on the evidence of his latest effort at Chelmsford, the patience he’s been afforded might be close to bearing fruit. Off the track for 177 days, the four-year-old was one of the main fancies in a seven-furlong handicap at the Essex track and if he’d managed to obtain a clearer run than what transpired in the final two furlongs, he may well have added to his winning tally. Finishing full of running after being blocked in on the far rail, John and Thady Gosden’s gelding left the impression he could be well treated of his current perch of 91 and housed right next to his main market rival, Easter World, who is likely to go a decent pace from the outset, he should get a nice tow down to the business end before delivering his challenge.