Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's action including a NAP at Ripon.
SUCELLUS (best price 9-2) was a withdrawal on account of the very testing ground at Haydock over the weekend, but now returning to a surface where he’s tasted success in the past, Oliver Greenall’s gelding can cast aside a gross piece of ill fortune he suffered at Chester last time out.
Impressive in the hands of today’s pilot in a fast time at Haydock two starts ago, the five-year-old went to the Roodeye with bright prospects of following up, but unfortunately, his chance was all but over after a furlong as he got completely wiped out as one of his rivals leaned on him, causing him to take a false step. Never in the race thereafter, the son of Dansili earns himself a pass from that no-show and it’s probably wiser to concentrate on his previous effort at the Merseyside venue when he came through strongly in the latter stages of a well-run affair to score with plenty in hand. Form-wise, the race in question has worked out well since, with both the second and third winning, and with his only previous outing over today’s C&D resulting in a victory for previous connections, he appears to have a decent chance of marinating that unblemished record on his return to the Dunstall Park circuit.
RICKY BOBBY (best price 3-1) made a mockery of his old handicap mark at Cork last time out and providing he’s in a similar frame of mind 31 days on from that breakthrough success, John Walsh’s gelding appears to hold obvious claims in his bid to follow up.
A promising third on his second start over hurdles at Clonmel, he then took a backward step when disappointing over today’s course a month later. Catching the eye with his performance on the Flat at Tipperary next time, the son of Elusive Pimpernel was sent to his local track to contest a handicap for the first time and in what turned out to be a well-run affair, he won in the style of a well-treated horse. Impressing with the way he travelled throughout, the six-year-old only had to be nudged out to win in commanding fashion, and of those in behind that day, the likes of Baltinglass Hill, Rock On Seamie, Rich Belief and Master Cornwall have all paid handsome compliments to the form. Up to a mark of 105, he looks capable of defying that perch based on the strong possibility of a good bit more to come.
CARRIGILLIHY (NAP) (best price 3-1) had to be considered a shade unlucky at Thirsk on his most recent outing and if you are prepared to take the view he falls into the ‘winner without a penalty’ category, Tim Easterby’s gelding represents the value option in this tricky little three-year-old handicap.
Progressing with each outing this season, the three-year-old grey rattled off a quick-fire double within the space of a week and he was well-fancied to complete the hat trick at the Yorkshire venue nine days ago. Held up this time rather than trying to help force the pace in his previous two starts, the son of New Bay looked to be going as well as anything turning for home but it was from that point onwards when the nightmare began to unfold. Constantly running down a cul-de-sac, he never got a chance to hit top stride at any stage and he eventually had to settle for finishing on the coat tails of the main players in fifth. Whether he would have won is obviously open to debate, but either way, it’s clear he still remains in top form and now returning to the scene of his previous success, he looks sure to go well again with conditions to suit.