Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's meetings, including a NAP at Kempton.
TEESCOMPONENTS LAD (best price 7-1) has been a grand servant for his connections for the best part of four years and another solid run looks on the cards from the son of Midnight Legend at a track he’s gone well in the past (form figures at the Northumberland venue of 23233).
Never worse than fifth in a 28-race career, Gillian Bonas’ gelding is more often than not in the money, and it was only Ayr’s heavy winter ground that prevented him from performing to his best when last seen a month ago. Prior to that slightly below-par display, the eight-year-old had just got run out of the argument by the Carlisle specialist, Multellie, but there was nothing wrong with that effort in the context of today’s race as the pair did pull well clear of the rest in a fast time.
Flexible regards trip and with a decent body of work on good ground, the booking of Brian Hughes is also seen as a positive given his positive association with him in the past and even though his normal headgear is dispensed with on this occasion, he still fancied to make his presence felt.
PRINCE ESCALUS (NAP) (best price 15-8) has shown he’s a fair weapon at this level when conditions are in his favour and this pacey six-year-old receives the confident vote to outrun his three opponents.
A shock 33-1 winner at Huntingdon on his seasonal return back in October, Jonjo O’Neill’s gelding was a warm order to prove that initial victory was no fluke at Stratford next time, but after setting a decent pace from the start, he ended up fading tamely in the latter stages on much softer ground. Beaten on his next two starts under similar conditions, the son of Jeremy was back to something like his best at Market Rasen last month when seeing out today’s trip really well at the expense of some very useful handicappers. Although he can lead, his performance at the Lincolnshire venue proved he’s not a one-trick pony regards tactics, so however today’s race pans out (decent chance Oscar Rose will want to make the running), hopefully he will have the necessary armoury to produce the goods.