Andy Holding has three selections for Tuesday's action, including a NAP at Southwell.
DREAMSUNDERMYFEET (NAP) (best price 13-8) has taken really well to today’s course, as two smooth victories of late testify, and Martin Keighley’s gelding is strongly fancied to keep up the good work and complete the hat trick on chase debut.
The son of Yeats was totally dominant when making virtually all the running on his first start at the Midland venue a month ago, and despite stepping up an extra half a mile, he duly followed up a week later with an equally impressive display. The feature of both those two performances has been the way he has attacked the brush hurdles, so providing he can get into a good early rhythm over the first few fences, this exuberant and zestful six-year-old is likely to prove hard to catch from the front.
IMPOSING SUPREME (best price 4-1) has been in pretty choppy waters on his last two starts and while tonight’s is by no means a stroll in the park, it’s race where he should be competitive in all the same.
Keeping on well to be fifth at Limerick over a mile two starts ago, the race in question has worked out incredibly well with the likes of Dream Tale, French Rain, Longbourn, Protagonist, Freescape and Nebo all either winning or finishing placed since. In deep again in a similarly tough handicap over a furlong shorter at the Curragh last time out, Thomas Gibney’s gelding once again acquitted himself with great credit when finishing a close-up third behind the in-form Ice Cold In Alex and now returning to a fixture where he’s finished in the money in the last two years, he looks poised to go close in his bid to finally gain that illusive victory.
THE BLUE BRILLIANT (best price 9-2) has gradually got better with each start and arriving here by winning with more in hand than the official margin suggests at Fairyhouse two months ago, another solid display by this progressive filly looks on the cards.
Runner-up to the smart Party House two starts ago at Naas, Jessica Harrington’s filly was warm order to go one place better at the Co Meath track and, having always travelled likely she was going to deliver the goods, she only needed to be nudged out in the closing stages to score with plenty to spare. On the evidence of that display 43 days ago, the daughter of Fastnet Rock seemed to really relish the stamina test on the heavy ground, so with today’s step up in trip and plenty of ease underfoot likely to play into her strengths, she rates a pretty solid each-way choice on her first start in handicap company.