Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's action.
Quite how MISS MYERS (best price 5-2) hasn’t managed to win a race this season has been a bit of a headscratcher, but as they say, “in for a penny, in for a pound”, and Michael Grassick’s filly is afforded another chance to finally to prove that viewpoint correct.
Granted, just one win in 22 is enough to set the alarm bells ringing, especially at a relatively short price, but her three runs have all come with a huge amount of promise and it could well be that tonight’s smaller field will turn out be the answer to her prayers. Because she’s often slowly away, as a result, she concedes a huge amount of ground to the field and as she’s been competing in races with 15 or more runners, it’s meant she’s had very little chance of winning. That said, she has managed to salvage something from the wreckage on her last two starts and when you consider they’ve come in a hugely-competitive and strongly-run handicaps, her performances deserve plenty of praise. Racing over a trip that suits her best tonight, hopefully the daughter of Zoffany will be in touch as the field turn for home and if that does prove to be the case, her useful power-packed finish can come into effect.
ALOYSIUS LILIUS’s (best price 16-1) form figures looks a little uninspiring but in mitigation, the son of Gregorian hasn’t had the rub of the green of late and on the evidence of what we saw of him on his latest display at the Curragh 12 days ago, he might just prove to be the joker in the pack.
Best of those who raced towards the far side in a hugely competitive 30-runner extended six-furlong handicap at the Curragh two starts ago, Gerard O’Leary’s gelding was sent back to the Co Kildare venue in a bid to gain some sort of compensation later in the month and although he ended up finishing even further down the field, his performance gave us a little more insight into how he might be progressing as the season gathers pace. Held up towards the rear in the 26-strong, 0-88 handicap, the five-year-old was beginning what looked to be a prosperous run over on the far side fence when he ran into a wall of horses dropping back in his lap and, as a result, he got shuffled back through the pack. Where he would have finished is anyone’s guess, but there’s a decent chance he might have made the frame with a clear run, so with that in mind, running now against 0-65 opposition with his apprentice’s claim taking him down to a mark of just 58, it would be slightly disappointing if this chap, who has won of a mark of 72 in the past, couldn’t make some sort of impact off a 14lb lower rating.
Another who has been a source of frustration in recent times is ZAHEE (best price 7-1) and he is also worth a small interest to finally gain due rewards for a series of consistent placed efforts. Too keen for his own good on many attempts at Dundalk during the winter, his propensity to race freely has tapered off to a degree since he has switched his attentions to turf and if it wasn’t for a desperate passage in a similar contest at Leopardstown last time out, he may well have shed his maiden tag. The way he finished off his race to be a never-nearer third indicates he’s right on top of his game at present and with his stable now finally over the fallow period which beset them for the thick end of two months earlier in the campaign, John McConnell’s inmate should be capable of going close if the first part of the race goes to plan.