Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's action, including a NAP at Newmarket.
Like so many from his stable currently, INGELBY HOLLOW (best price 7-2) is clearly in the form of his life and following a desperately unlucky run in the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen last weekend, David O’Meara’s gelding looks poised to strike back on his return to the Flat.
Despite winning at Doncaster the time before, the nine-year-old was sent off an unconsidered 33-1 poke in the showpiece hurdle at the Lincolnshire venue and if it wasn’t for meeting all sorts of trouble in running on the run-in, there’s little doubt he would have prevailed. As mentioned, a smooth winner of a two-mile handicap on the level, the son of Beat Hollow heads back to a course where he’s enjoyed quite a bit of success in the past and despite being up against a couple of lightly-raced three-year-olds, the veteran is fancied to show the youngsters a thing or two.
ALFRED BOUCHER (best price 15-2) hasn’t managed to get his head in front for the best part of two years now, but he keeps knocking at the door, and following another solid effort in a strongly-run event at Windsor last time out, a repeat should provide him with every chance of breaking a long losing spell.
Nearest at the finish over 1m2f at the Berkshire venue on his previous start, the step up in trip appeared to be the natural answer on his return visit and even though he ended up getting beaten fair and square by the progressive Strawberry Rock, the numbers from the race in question suggested he’d run close to a career high, Indeed, the form couldn’t have worked out any better with the likes of Flyin’ Solo and Dark Jedi excelling in victory and defeat next time out and with a style of racing pointing towards Henry Candy’s gelding likely to be well suited by the nature of today’s course, he rates a strong each-way choice at the morning odds.
TYSON (NAP) (best price 9-4) has yet to land the knockout blow synonymous with his namesake in four starts to date, but based on his latest effort at Ascot in a very fast time figure, there’s every chance the son of Starspangledbanner will provide his in-form handler with another juvenile winner at tonight’s track.
Promising on his first two starts, Richard Hannon’s grey was gelded after finishing a slightly disappointing fourth behind Unspoken in a decent contest at Nottingham and on the evidence of what we witnessed of him at the Berkshire venue, the procedure appears to have been a success. Although not quite managing to seal the deal 14 days ago, he still made the eventual winner, Robasta, pull out all the stops and with the backend sectionals complementing the very healthy overall figure, a repeat of something similar over tonight’s extra furlong should see him extremely competitive in his bid to finally make that all-important breakthrough.
INTERNATIONAL GIRL (best price 3-1) ran well against the older horses over today’s course last time out and that valuable knowledge gained will hopefully provide her with enough positive vibes back against her own age group on her return to the Knavesmire.
Unable to handle soft ground on her first start of the campaign at Nottingham, Richard Fahey’s filly proved a totally different proposition back on genuine fast ground at Redcar next time out when making the useful Imperium Blue pull out all the stops in the latter stages. On to her latest outing a month later and in an even more competitive environment, the daughter of Camacho once again hinted she’s a winner waiting to happen by running on extremely gamely in the final two furlongs to finish a never-nearer third behind two horses who obtained first run racing over on the far side of the track. Lightly-raced with the prospects of even more to come, the three-year-old chestnut looks to be nicely situated when all the early pace is likely to unfold and, being as the best part of her race is usually the latter part, expect her to become a big factor inside the distance.