Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's action including a NAP at Tramore.
CHELSEA ANNIE (best price 5-2) shaped with conspicuous promising on her debut at Pontefract two weeks ago and with expected improvement to come, a closer shot at the bullseye is anticipated.
Sent off 22-1 for her opening bow at the Yorkshire track, Adrian Keatley’s filly was shaping in line with her starting price for the first portion of the six-furlong contest, but as the race developed further, so did levels of achievement. Staying on nicely from two out, she ended up running through the line really well and considering her effort came under minimal encouragement, her performance was certainly one for any discernible notebook. Likely to know considerably more this time around, the daughter of Mehmas should turn out to be a big player from her potentially favourable draw under the stands side rail.
HOWLING WOLF (best price 11-2) has run three encouraging races since fitted with blinkers, none more so with his effort in a hot handicap at the Curragh last weekend, and if ridden in a similarly patient fashion, there’s a decent chance James Barret’s grey can add to his one other previous victory.
Sent off second favourite to land a claimer here two starts ago, the son of Footstepsinthesand was ridden rather aggressively on that occasion and, as a result, he paid for those early exertions late on when being overhauled by several who charged home down the more favoured outside of the track. Pitched into an incredibly competitive seven-furlong handicap on his latest outing at the Curragh on Irish Derby day, the four-year-old made life even tougher for himself by dwelling in the stalls, but despite being a good way back at halfway, he ended up finishing his race of best of all to claim fifth spot late on. On the evidence of that display at the Co Kildare venue, being held up and brought with a late run is probably the best way to utilise his qualities and with today’s extra yardage also likely to play into his strengths, there’s no reason to be believe he won’t take advantage of this big drop in class.
Since coming up a little short in Graded bumpers, RAVEN RULE (NAP) (best price 15-8) has gone on to progress nicely over hurdles and on the evidence of her victory at the Punchestown last time out, she should take all the beating in this rated novices’ contest.
A promising runner-up behind the useful and more experienced Bonarc at Clonmel on hurdling debut, Liam Burke’s mare was fancied to go one place better at the Co Kildare venue a few weeks later and under a positive ride from the front, she never saw another rival in maintaining a strong gallop from the outset. Clocking a very smart time figure in the process on trouncing a big field, it’s worth noting she took the notable scalp of yesterday’s Bellewstown winner, High Street Roller, and having already been successful around today’s sharp track on her only previous visit, hope is high the daughter of Court Cave can make it 2-2 with a similarly positive ride from the front.
King Of The Castle sets a decent standard here with a rating of 94, but having finished not too far behind the main market leaders on a previous encounter, SHINPACHI (best price 7-1) makes a lot of sense from an each-way perspective.
Shaping as though he would require further than the 1m2f journey at Leopardstown back in April. Fozzy Stack’s colt was duly upped in trip at Tipperary next time out and, in finishing third behind two useful sorts, he certainly justified that initial belief. Momentarily checked inside the final furlong, his performance is probably deserving of a slight upgrade and when you add on the strength of the time figure of the race at the Limerick Junction venue, there’s little doubt he’s going in the right direction. Keeping the cheekpieces on that were sported for the first time 33 days ago, the son of Galileo should really appreciate today’s extended 1m4f journey on a galloping track and other than the odd one or two here and there, it’s a race well within his capabilities based on what we’ve seen of him so far to date.