Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's meetings, including a NAP at Beverley.
By and large, Michael Bell’s juveniles tend to come on quite a bit for their first runs, so with that in mind, CIAO SHARK (NAP) (best price 13-8) makes plenty of appeal having shaped really nicely in an above-average maiden at Doncaster on debut.
Well-touted beforehand, the son of Kodi Bear certainly knew his job as he popped out the stalls nicely to obtain the early lead and he maintained his position at the head of affairs until he ultimately found himself a little outpaced inside the final furlong, However, when you consider the winner ran the last three furlongs in 33.0 it’s easy to make sense why he got brushed aside and although that may not have been the result connections would have wanted, time may tell his performance was a good deal better in the grand scheme of things. Hailing from a yard who have clearly a decent bunch of two-year-olds in their midst (Spring is Sprung and Dairerin most recent winners), hopefully Ciao Shark doesn’t have to wait too much longer to add his name to that list. Of the rest, Aleezdancer caught the eye here on debut, but his outside draw rather tempers enthusiasm unless the runners migrate towards the nearside (unlikely being it’s a two-year-old race and first on the card).
As we’ve seen with the performances of Loving Dream, Sherbet Lemon and Franklet of late, the maiden won by Noon Start here a month ago is working out as well as the time figure suggested it might and having shaped quite well to finish on the coat tails of that quartet, it makes sense to give MOMENT OF BEAUTY (best price 3-1) a crack with that all-important run under her belt.
Settling well in midfield after a decent break, Saeed Bin Suroor’s filly travelled up nicely holding every chance at the three-furlong pole, but just as the tempo began to crank up another notch, it was from this point she just didn’t have the necessary requirements on debut to go with the main players. However, despite drifting over towards the far fence, she did manage to keep on quite well for fifth, and considering the magnitude of the task she faced based on the analysis of the clock, her performance deserved upgrading. Likely to be a good deal more streetwise this afternoon, one would like to think having the valuable asset of course knowledge will count for plenty in the final analysis and if that does turn out to be the case, her morning odds around the 7-2 has to be seen as fair value in the context of today’s task.
MERRIOR (best price 6-1) finally delivered the good at the 14th time of asking at Gowran last time out and she’s fancied to give a good account against tonight’s slightly stiffer opposition.
Well beaten the time before at Navan, different tactics were employed at the Co Kilkenny venue in a bid to induce some sort of improvement and as it turned out, a front running role seemed to suit her down to the ground. Making all from when the gates opened, she maintained a strong gallop throughout and the way she hit the line, strongly suggested she had even more in the tank if required. Unsurprisingly raised up to tonight new mark of 71, the daughter of Born To Sea, as a result, now finds herself in a higher grade, but as she remains totally unexposed at the trip, she’s worth a small interest to find out whether she has what it takes.