Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's meetings, including a NAP at Roscommon.
ISOTOPE (best price 7-1) responded really well to the first-time cheekpieces at Tipperary last time out and he looks set to continue his rich vein of form in this similar heat.
Although he hasn’t won since last September, Joseph O’Brien’s gelding has been running pretty well in some extremely competitive handicaps – mainly at big festivals – and his effort at the Limerick Junction track 19 days ago was in-keeping with several other of his previous performances. Always to the fore, the son of Footstepsinthesand looked to be travelling as well as anything as the field turned for home and although he stayed on strongly all the way to the line, he ended up being just outrun by one of today’s main rivals, Fest Deiz. Prior to that solid effort, he’d also run well at both the Fairyhouse and Punchestown festivals and with today’s good ground likely to suit better than the soft conditions he encountered last time, the five-year-old doesn’t look a bad each-way shout.
JERANDME (NAP) (best price 10-3) thrives on a proper fast surface, so today’s conditions should prove ideal, and following another excellent effort in a hot handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival, Noel Meade’s gelding is fancied to regain the winning thread.
Usually saved for the summer months in order to get his favoured conditions, it was little surprise to see him need the outing on his first start for 202 days at Fairyhouse back in April, but that run served a purpose for getting him spot on for his latest encounter at the Co Kildare venue. In a race run at a sound clip throughout, the son of Azamour held every chance as the main players converged at the second last and although he kept on well enough from that juncture, he couldn’t quite live with the two proper 140-rated horses in the shape of Brahma Bull and Ten Ten. That said, he did finish nicely ahead of subsequent Mayo National hero Agent Boru and having a record at today’s venue of 112, a return to this sharp track on good ground should see the useful seven-year-old put up a bold bid.
TOMMASO (best price 3-1) made a pleasing start to his career at Carlisle three week ago and in a race where few can be seriously fancied, Stef Kinery’s gelding rates a reasonable bet at the morning odds to offset his slightly tricky draw.
Unfancied at the Yorkshire venue according to the betting, the son of Bobby’s Kitten far outran his 33-1 price tag by finishing off his race with plenty of purpose inside the final half a mile and there’s an argument to made that if he’d known a little more about the game, he may have made a winning start. Either way, as far as promising debuts are concerned, his has to go down as about as good as it gets, and with that educational performance safely tucked away in the memory bank, a more all-round display is likely to be the order of the day here this afternoon.