Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's action including a NAP at Yarmouth.
SHE’S THE DANGER (best price 9-4) shaped with conspicuous promise on her debut at Pontefract 24 days ago and even though today’s test is likely to prove a different one on account of the softer ground, she’s still taken put her valuable experience to good use.
Sent off 20-1 at the Yorkshire track up against several with previous experience. Her greenness shone through during the early exchanges, but by the time the main players had hit the rising ground, she picked up the bit with plenty of zest and she came home nicely to finish a never-nearer third. Not knocked about to do so, Adrian Keatley’s filly is bound to come on a ton for that initial experience and with Oisin Murphy’s agent obviously keen to get his man on as many strong contenders as possible just now, it looks like he’s picked the right one as far this race is concerned.
FAINT HOPE (best price 5-1) has enjoyed a pretty productive summer so far to date and returning to the scene of one of his better performances in that period, a chance is taken on Grace Harris’ gelding seeing out a trip he tries for the first time.
A winner over 2m5f on good ground at Kempton three starts ago, the son of Midnight Legend hasn’t managed to add to his tally in two subsequent outings, but at the same time, he’s run to a perfectly respectable standard. Fourth in a big-field, well-run handicap at Worcester was followed by a creditable second behind the talented Jimmy The Digger here last time and the way he finished off his race 28 days ago certainly suggested he wouldn’t have too many issues going an extra three furlongs in future. A likeable sort with a good attitude towards the game, the nine-year-old should once again give another solid account and at the morning odds, he makes plenty of sense from an each-way perspective.
Either side of one tragic run on soft ground, NATURAL COLOUR (NAP) (best price 11-4) has shown a good degree of ability in two above-average maidens and, off what appears a workable opening handicap mark, the daughter of Exceed And Excel looks to have a decent chance of making a breakthrough.
A respectable eighth on debut in that well-documented hot maiden behind Noon Star at Wetherby back in April, she literally couldn’t get her feet out of the rain-softened ground at Beverley next time, but back on a sound surface at Nottingham last time, Saeed Bin Suroor’s filly once again showed plenty of promise for the future. In a well-contested affair that contained quite a few smart colts, including the eventual winner Taraashoq, she was snapping at the heels of the main players all the way down the straight and if she hadn’t met interference at a crucial stage, she might have even been vying for top honours. Considering the winner has been handed a mark of 86 as his opening assessment, this filly has done well, therefore, come out of that contest with an opening rating of just 73 and with the galloping nature of today’s track on genuine fast ground likely to suit, it would be a bit of a head-scratcher to this writer if she didn’t go close to breaking her maiden tag in what appears to be a quite modest race on paper.
FLIRTING BRIDGE (best price 10-1) wasn’t quite up to the standard required for Group 1 level at Royal Ascot last time out, but at the same time she was by no means disgraced, and now reverting to a grade where she should find life a good deal easier, Henry De Bromhead’s filly is fancied to make some sort of impact.
Runner-up to subsequent French Oaks heroine Joan Of Arc in the Irish 1000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown back in April, a repeat of that level of form alone would give her a great chance in a race of today’s nature and then when you throw in what kind of horses she was up against last time, her prospects become even more apparent. Alcohol Free, Mother Earth, Snow Lantern, and Pretty Gorgeous are just a few of the names she faced at the Berkshire venue a month ago and although she ultimately proved no match for those genuine Group 1 fillies’, she did manage to lock horns for three quarters of the journey. In any case, considering the ground was heavy, the daughter of Camelot can’t be too harshly judged on that effort and now having her sights lower considerably, she should easily be capable of outrunning her morning odds on ground much more to her liking.