Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's action.
TOMMASO (best price 9-4) has showed distinct signs of promise on both his two starts to date and now finally handed the chance to race over a track and trip that should play into his strengths, he’s fancied to give the favourite plenty to think about.
Slowly into stride and green through the early exchanges on his debut at Carlisle, Stef Keniry’s gelding stayed on with plenty of purpose in the final two furlongs to finish a never-nearer third at the line and he went on to post an almost identical display at Wetherby last time out. Posted out in the widest stall at the Yorkshire venue, the son of Bobby’s Kitten was forced to cover quite a bit of ground before the field arrived at the first bend and it meant he was always fighting a losing battle against his main market rivals. He did, however, kept on stoically in the latter stages to suggest he remains one to keep on side for the future and with today’s extended mile and stiff climb from three out likely to be of significant help to him when push comes to shove, this rangy three-year-old makes the most appeal of those situated towards the front end of the market.
GOLDILOCKS’S (best price 12-1) porridge took a long time to get warm on her debut at Goodwood, but by the line, she had done more than enough to suggest she has enough ability to feature more prominently in a similar race with that all-important experience under her belt.
Very slowly into stride through the early stages at the Sussex venue, Richard Hannon’s filly was given plenty of time to recover and engage top gear and while it seemed to take for ever for the penny to drop, she did finally provide glimpses of what she’s capable of inside the final two furlongs. Finishing off her race best of all, the daughter of Havana Gold hit the line quite hard to be a never-nearer sixth behind Hellomydarling and although the winner failed in her bid to enhance the good time figure of the race at Royal Ascot next time, it’s probably difficult to assess her performance because she was given such an odd ride last week (lost up to ten lengths in switching to come over the nearside fence). Likely to improve significantly from that initial outing, she now has to prove herself on a much softer surface, but as she comes from a family who’s offspring tend to do well with plenty of give underfoot, there’s a fair chance she will cope better than most.