After selecting a 6/4 winner yesterday, our horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's action.
Bleu Berry boasts the best chase form having run with credit on his debut here last time out, but whether he will have enough dash to cope with MAGIC DAZE (best price 5-2) if she takes to fences at the first time of asking is open to question and Henry De Bromhead’s mare is worth chancing on her opening gambit over the larger obstacles.
A top class novice from last season, her best effort came when putting up a brave effort from the front in the Mares’ novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival only to be run out of the argument by her stable companion Telmesomethinggirl in the closing stages. Still probably feeling the effects of that huge effort when only fourth against similar opposition at Punchestown, connections have made an early decision to pursue a career over fences and based on her sole point-to-point display, her new vocation threatens to see her take her game to new heights. The way she jumped and travelled when scoring for previous connections at Curraghmore almost two years ago suggests chasing was always going to be her ultimate goal and providing she can get into a decent early rhythm from the front, the daughter of Doyen can hopefully make a perfect start in this sphere.
BROGINE (best price 16-1), by some way brings the best recent hurdles form to the table courtesy of her fine fourth in a hot handicap at Killarney and, as a result, she looks a tempting proposition with most bookmakers seemingly dismissing her out of hand.
Staying on strongly from the back of the field in that ultra-competitive race at the Co Kerry venue, the 11-year-old couldn’t quite get on terms with the main players, but when you consider she had the likes of Walking On Glass, Peregrine Run and Snugsborough Hall well beaten in behind, it puts into context her performance on the day. Prior to that excellent display, she’d also gone well in a similar keenly-contested affair at Ballinrobe with the aid of the first time cheekpieces, so it’s safe to say the addition of the headgear recently seems to have sparked off a mini-revival. Probably better known for her exploits over hurdles, the daughter of Milan has, however, some decent form to her name over fences and you only have to go back six starts to find her latest career win courtesy of a game performance from the back of the field at Wexford. Likely to be held up towards the back of the field, Seams Braddish’s mare usually makes her move in the final mile of her races so providing she’s in touch with a circuit to go, she’ll have every chance of being a factor towards the business end.