Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's racing including a NAP at Naas.
AFFABLE (best price 11-2) scored with any amount in hand when returning to winning ways at Cork last time out and despite the handicapper not wanting to miss her based on his sledgehammer-type reassessment, the daughter of New Approach may still turn out to have the last laugh.
Amazingly tried over 1m4f earlier this season, connections were soon to cotton on that she wanted dropping back significantly in trip and after scoring over the extended seven-furlongs at Roscommon back in June, she actually showed enough speed to win over today’s C&D a few days later. The she travelled and quickened that day made it even more incomprehensible that she was running over middle-distances back in the spring and she hasn’t looked back since. A big eye-catcher over the minimum trip behind one of today’s rivals, Provocateuse, at the Curragh two starts ago, has the quality to stretch out to seven furlongs on soft ground at the Mallow venue last time out and despite hardly coming off the bridle, her closing sectionals were on par with listed Platinum Stakes winner Snapraterea. Draw in the middle of the field today in stall six, it’s hard to know which side of the track the runners will race today (field often comes nearside on soft ground), but either way, she has the tactical speed to go wherever the pace materialises and hailing from a yard in cracking form at present, the four-year-old filly makes plenty of each-way appeal the morning odds.
COLLINS STREET (NAP) (best price 9-4) looked a proper piece of kit when he scored with a bit of swagger on his debut at Leopardstown and with today’s contest a nice race for him to continue his progress, Joseph O’Brien’s colt rates a strong choice to remain unbeaten.
A winner of a barrier trail at Dundalk back in late June, the son of Camelot was well spotted in the market prior to post time at the Dublin track and despite facing the strongly-fancied and more experience Handel, he thoroughly justified his second favourite status with a win of some authority. Handily placed as the field turned for home 17 days ago, it took him a furlong or so to find top stride, but once he did, the speed in which he exhibited to pull clear of his rivals strongly suggested he’s a three-year-old of some promise. Indeed, his final three furlong split of 38.1 (hand-timed) was by some way the best on the card and when you considered one of the other winners on the day was none other than the top-class 122-rated filly Tarnawa, it just puts into perspective what he achieved on his first racecourse display in anger.
RAVEN’S ARK (best price 11-2) posted an extremely big speed figure for the grade at Brighton last time out and having already proven himself over today’s C&D previously, Hughie Morrison’s gelding can provide his trainer with the second winner at the track in as many days.
Placed in three competitive staying handicaps during a two-month period this summer, the four-year-old chestnut was fitted with the cheekpieces for the first time at the seaside track last time out and in what turned out to be a very strongly-run race for the grade, he stayed on extremely powerfully to get up in the closing stages. Straight away, the form has already received a massive boost with the runner-up, Contingency Fee scoring at Newmarket last weekend and with a good test at today’s trip likely to bring about further improvement, he should be knocking at the door in his bid to supplement those recent gains.