Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has five tip for today's action.
Chai Yo Power arrives here a very warm order courtesy of his hard-fought victory at Windsor last time out but where he quite deserves to be trading as a 4-6 poke is open to question and in any case, KINGMON’S BOY (best price 16-1) makes much more appeal at the morning considering he’s already finished in front of Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding over today’s course earlier in the campaign.
Looking back at that race from May and it was clear both were still learning their trade and they both got ridden accordingly, maybe with a view towards getting handicapped. Certainly that appeared to be the case with Chai Yo Power who got a laughable ride, but that’s not to say connections of John Long’s inmate didn’t have that project as their long-term goal. Held up towards the rear, the son of Denounce made good inroads towards the main players in the latter part of the well-run contest and by the time he’d hit the line, he’d past half the field to finish a respectable sixth behind the likes of the classy pair, Alfaadhel and Sir Rumi. Sent to Chelmsford to tackle a similar affair last time out, the six-year-old ran a carbon copy race to finish one place better behind the potential smart Night Hunter (finish third to Baaeed on his debut), once again doing all his best work at the end. On all three Flat starts to date, this tall, imposing sort has left the impression there’s the prospect of a good deal more to come and although you could argue his opening mark of 72 is no gimme, it allows him to run at a level where he should be competitive at the very least. Therefore, at odds of 16-1, he’s worth a reasonable crack to see what he can do on handicap debut.
A trappy-looking low-grade handicap for which cases can be made for plenty and of the 16-strong field, SASVANA (best price 7-1) and SIMPLY SIDEWAYS (best price 12-1) make the most appeal at their morning odds.
The former has at least won this season, doing so in a competitive affair at Leopardstown a month ago and she may have added to her tally if she’s received a better passage back at the Dublin venue 13 days ago. Dwelling coming out of the stalls meant the daughter of Havana Gold was well behind as the field turned for home, but she was coming with what appeared a potent-looking threat just over two furlongs out when she got checked in her run. Given the way she finished off her race, it’s easy to come to conclusion she would have had some sort of say in the final outcome and she’s worth a small interest to back up that theory in this similar event.
The latter has been a 250-1 chance on each of her last three starts, which tells you something about the tasks she’s faced of late, but there were more encouraging signs than those odds imply about her latest effort in particular. Competing in a useful maiden at Killarney just over a week ago, Timothy Doyle’s filly was noted doing some sterling late work from well off the speed and the way she hit the line strongly hinted of better things to come. As is always the case with opening handicap marks, only time will tell whether her initial rating of 64 proves lenient or not, but either way, she remains an interesting prospect in a race where few jump off the page.
JAZELLE (best price 7-1) ran a good deal better than her finishing position suggested at Leopardstown last time out and she’s fancied to go close in her bid to finally get off the mark. Largely frustrating for previous connections, the daughter of Red Jazz made an inauspicious start from her new base at Sligo a month ago, but on the evidence of what we saw at the Dublin track 13 days ago, there does appear some light at the end of the tunnel. Noted going well turning for home in a competitive 21-strong handicap, the four-year-old ran into a wall of horses dropping back in her lap around the two-furlong marker and from that point onwards she was unable to gather up any head of steam. Finishing her race of full of running, however, she left the impression she might have had some sort of say in the eventual outcome and she’s worth a small interest to back up that viewpoint in this similar 0-65 contest.