Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's action including a NAP at Chepstow.
MARS LANDING (best price 7-4) hasn’t been seen out since winning over today’s C&D back in April, which is a little disconcerting, but that aside, he looks a three-year-old of some potential, so a small chance is taken he can overcome a 162-day layoff.
Placed on each of his four starts last season, Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding began this term off what appeared a pretty favourable mark and he wasted no time in exploiting that rating of 78 in a salty little handicap 97 days ago. Held up towards the rear, the son of Dark Angel was produced with a well-timed challenge down the outside and his smart turn of foot inside the final furlong did the rest. Winning with more in hand than the official margin suggested, a rise of just three spots in the ratings shouldn’t hold him back from any further successes, it’s just a case of whether he’s at the same fitness levels of main market rival, Marsabit.
TUNDRA (NAP) (best price 5-2) has struck a rich vein of form in the last month or so and, as is often the case with mares at this time of year, it makes sense to ride the wave with her for the time being.
Off the mark at the fifteenth time of asking on turf at Bath two starts ago, David Evans’ inmate was sent on the long trip up north to Ayr in a bid to follow up and after travelling strongly throughout, she readily delivered the goods for the second time in two weeks. Very strong in the latter stages at the Scottish venue, the daughter of Nathaniel ended up posting a really impressive time figure for the grade and even allowing for the fact she has to defy another rise in the ratings, she may have enough left in her locker to offset that slight negative.
20:20 Epsom Downs
OTAGO (best price 7-2) produced a power-packed finish to come from last to first over today’s C&D last week and a chance is taken that Jim Boyle’s in-form gelding can repeat the dose.
Heading into that competitive little seven-furlong handicap winless for two years, it was easy to see why the four-year-old was one of the outsiders, but similar to many of his stable mates over the years, he really took to the unique aspects of the Derby venue and he ended up winning with plenty to spare. In doing so he also clocked a pretty useful time figure and with conditions almost identical to what they were seven days ago, there’s no obvious reason why he won’t give another good account.