Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's meetings including a NAP.
Broome has been the early dominant force in this division this season and if he maintains the level of form he exhibited here at the last meeting, he’s very likely to justify favouritism. The battle for the minor honours though, is a little more complex and with the likelihood That Melbourne Cup hero, Twilight Payment, may require further to be at his best, HELVIC DREAM (best price 8-1) is fancied to chase home, or even give the jolly the most to think about.
Well beaten on his seasonal debut behind Broome at Naas, Noel Meade’s gelding ran a good deal better on their most recent encounter here 16 days ago and that’s not the first time he’s proven his liking for the Co Kildare venue. Incredibly impressive when landing a Group 3 over the C&D on soft ground towards the backend of last season, the son of Power once again showed his preference for racing right-handed with plenty of ease underfoot. Likely to encounter similar conditions on his return to one of his favourite tracks judged on the weather forecast, the four-year-old is fancied to outrun his odds.
CORBULO (NAP) (best price 7-4) hails from a stable whose last three runners have all won and now returning to a track which should induce happy memories, the son of Belardo is fancied to bring more cheer to his in-form handler.
Failing to show much as a juvenile, Brian Meehan’s gelding underwent a gelding operation in the hope the unkindest cut of all might have some sort of effect and connections didn’t have to wait to find out as the three-year-old chestnut made a winning start to the new campaign over today’s course. Staying on well in the latter stages, he exhibited a willing attitude to grab the spoils close home and with the time figure pointed towards the race at the Somerset venue being a fair race of its kind, an extra layer of merit was attached to his performance. Upped in trip last time out, another slow beginning meant Corbulo was on the back foot from an early stage at the Midland venue, but despite that, he impressed with the way he dug deep in the final half a mile to almost salvage an unlikely victory. Back over a track where it’s a bit easier to reel in the pacesetters and over two further than the trip he encountered here two starts ago, this likeable character should put up another bold show.
By the time the runners go to post for this concluding mares’ handicap, conditions could be a good deal worse than the current going description of good if the forecast is correct and that should improve the prospects of BLARNEY BATELEUR (best price 11-2) more than most.
Racing in a handicap for the first time at Market Rasen two starts ago, Andy Irvine’s mare produced a hugely improved performance by taking the scalps of some useful performers of her own sex and with the time figure suggesting she’d run to fair level at the Lincolnshire venue, just a 5lb rise in the ratings seemed pretty lenient. Pitched into Class 3 level last time out against the boys at Uttoxeter, the daughter of Flemensfirth ran better than the bare form suggested, keeping on well late on to finish within respectable distance of the main players despite making several notable errors on the way around. Back against the girls here this afternoon over a track that should suit here better, the eight-year-old makes plenty of each-way appeal at the morning odds.