Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's meetings.
MYRISTICA (best price 5-1) got stopped more times than an ice cream van when last seen over today’s C&D 11 days ago and in what appears a slightly less competitive affair on her return to the Midland venue, Tim Easterby’s filly rates a confident vote to atone.
A big, tall, rangy filly, she always left the impression last season that she will make into a better three-year-old and on the evidence of what we saw of her after a 184-day break, that viewpoint looks vindicated. Sitting towards the rear with plenty to do as the field turned for home, the daughter of Harzan was just beginning to make what appeared a potent move around the three-furlong pole when the door got slammed in her face, and that same fate happened at least two or three more times throughout the final quarter mile. Finishing hard on the bridle and just behind several well-fancied sorts, she’s amazingly come out of that race lower in the ratings despite shaping as though she would have gone close with a clear run and with conditions almost identical for her return visit, this scopey three-year-old should be good enough to finish in the money at the very least. Horsefly looks the obvious threat and rightful favourite having shaped nicely in a race already working out well from Windsor first time out.
A game winner of a novice event over today’s C&D towards the backend of last season, Mick Quinn’s colt proved that he’s fully effective on a soft surface and under similar conditions, he once again struck oil at the Berkshire venue 11 days ago. Pushed along and looking in trouble three furlongs out, the son of Pivotal found plenty for pressure to come through strongest of all at the line and with the depth of the race and time figure all suggesting it was a fair performance, it’s hard to think of a reason why he couldn’t repeat the dose.
WHITE PEPPER (best price 4-1) didn’t fare too badly in a decent fillies’ maiden over today’s C&D last time out and with that all-important spin around this unique track likely to prove beneficial in the final count, Gavin Cromwell’s inmate can go close to getting off the mark at the tenth attempt.
A promising fifth in a competitive handicap at Gowran following a 158-day break on her first outing of the season, the daughter of Fast Company was back against her own sex here a month later in what had to be considered a tougher assignment on paper. Despite that theory, she was sent off a well-backed second favourite behind the previously eye-catching Powerful Aggie and although the market ended being proved correct, she still came out of the race with great credit. Posted out wide through most of the journey, she kept on well all the way to the line and with the combination of cheekpieces and tongue-tie in place for the first time, a good break from her inside draw should see her competitive throughout.