Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's meetings, including a NAP at York.
PROFIT AND LOSS (best price 4-1) couldn’t quite get the job done when a well-backed joint favourite at Thirsk on debut but he did more than enough to see why he attracted such support and he can make the expected leap forward to become an even bigger factor this time around
Back in the day, a high stall at the Yorkshire venue was seen as a massive plus but not so much ion recent times and that meant his gate number of 15 was going to take a pretty handy performance to overcome despite the confidence about his chances beforehand. Making matters even worse by ducking to his right leaving the traps, David Evans’ gelding found himself with a mountain to climb by halfway but to his great credit he managed to rescue the situation as best as he could and by the time he’d hit the line, he worked himself onto the coat tails of the main players. Form wise, the race in question hasn’t worked out too shabbily with the winner going on to finish a creditable third in a listed race at York and with the distinct possibility of a good deal more to come now racing over slightly further, the son of Profitable rates a strong each-way choice.
Ed Walker has to be commended with the way he’s orchestrated the career of July Cup hero Starman through the sprinting ranks and the Upper Lambourn handler seems to be adopting a similar curve in the graph with GREAT AMBASSADOR (NAP) (best price 6-4), who can follow in his stable mate’s footsteps by taking this listed prize.
Forced to miss the Wokingham at Royal Ascot due to soft ground, conditions weren’t exactly ideal for the son of Exceed And Excel when he arrived at Goodwood to face the starter in the Steward’s Cup but despite that big negative attached to his chance, he still managed to run a blinder and finish in the money even though he ended up being drawn on the wrong side of the track. Back on his favoured fast ground at Newmarket last time out, the four-year-old chestnut showed what potential he has in this division when trouncing a smart field with a bit to spare and with the time figure good and the third, Jumby, going on to boost the form since, it’s easy to see why he’s been installed favourite for the Ayr Gold Cup in a few weeks’ time. Although that big prize at the Scottish track remains a strong possibility, connections have decided to come here as a back up to their plans just in case the weather turns towards the backend of the month and even though today’s contest has the potential to become a messy affair with no obvious front runner in the field (only Fivethousandtoone has made the running in the past), hopefully he will have the game to cope with however the race pans out.