After an 8/1 winner yesterday our horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Wolverhampton.
COLINTON (NAP) (best price 6-4) found plenty for pressure when gaining his first career win here last time out and with the first-time cheekpieces seemingly one of the main reasons for his turnaround in fortunes, Rebecca Menzies’ gelding can go in again with the same headgear retained.
Promising on his first start of the season when denied a clear at Catterick, the son of Red Jazz had his attentions drawn to the all-weather for the third time and as it turned out, the move proved an inspired one. Pushed along to take a prominent early position, the lightly-raced three-year-old found himself on the shoulders of the leader for the first six furlongs and assuming command rounding the home turn, he battled bravely for stern driving all the way to the line. Leaving the impression he had more in hand than the winning margin suggested given the way he hit the line, a rise of just 4lb in the ratings shouldn’t be anywhere near enough to derail this improving gelding and with Oisin Murphy taking over in the saddle seen as an obvious positive, he’s likely to prove hard to beat over a trip that should bring about further improvement.
VIA ROSA (best price 5-2) has gone close to breaking her maiden tag in her last three starts and having been found a decent opportunity by connections on her first outing over hurdles, Padraig Roche’s mare can finally gain sue reward for her consistency.
Runner-up to the useful Jeremy’s Jewel at Killarney a month ago, the daughter of Milan was well backed to go one place better in a similar race against her own sex at Wexford last time out, but unfortunately for her she bumped into a very game rival in the shape of Malina Girl and she ended up having to play second fiddle again. That said, the time figure of the contest at the Newtown Road venue was exceptionally good for the race type and having travelled and stayed on well herself despite defeat, her performance deserves plenty of praise. An honest and willing type who has the scope to do well in her new vocation, today’s stiff uphill finish over the extended 2m1f journey should suit and she looks to have bright claims providing she proves proficient in the jumping department.
JUNIOR RATTLER (best price 5-2) found two miles around Cork an insufficient test last time out, but now back over a trip more in-keeping with his overall profile, Oliver McKiernan’s gelding can regain the winning thread.
A game-winner of a strongly-run contest at Punchestown back in May, the son of Arakan was well-backed to follow up despite not running for 63 days and dropping back down to the minimum trip and although he ended up running with great credit, the combination of both factors just took its toll. Likely to be a good deal sharper in all departments here tonight, a performance similar to his excellent victory on the figures at the Co Kildare venue two starts ago should be good enough to come out on top again.
Not for the first time, PUMP ROAD (best price 4-1) ran another solid race over his local track here 12 days ago and providing he’s come out of that contest with a clean bill of health, there’s every chance Mark McNiff’s gelding with give his supporters another solid spin.
Placed on his two previous starts, including one over the C&D, the nine-year-old was once again switched off and held up right at the back of the field and with ac circuit to race, he still had plenty left on his plate. However, he did make up a huge amount of ground in the final mile of the contest and although he couldn’t quite peg back the more positively ridden winner, Tecumseh Sherman, his effort in defeat has to go down as a creditable one. With that runner-up spot, his form figures at tonight’s track now read 13122, and with similar conditions in place on his return visit, the son of Tajraasi only has to perform to a similar level to keep those impressive stats intact.