Our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back and has two tips for today's action, with a runner at Doncaster and Cork.
DOUBLE OR BUBBLE (best price 11-2) has only been out of the first two once in eight starts, when she failed to stay a mile in a Group 2 at Royal Ascot, but now back over her optimum trip of seven-furlongs, Chris Wall’s filly receives a strong vote of confidence to keep those fine stats intact.
Hugely impressive when beating a smart field on her first start of the season at Newmarket, the daughter of Exceed And Excel was one of the main fancies when upped significantly in class on her next outing at the Berkshire venue but, after racing keenly on the speed throughout the first half a mile, she faded once stamina became an issue inside the final furlong. Since then the four-year-old struck back with a vengeance and following a deserved victory in a listed contest at Pontefract, she went on to put up a career-high effort against the boys at Goodwood last time out. Back against her own sex here this afternoon on ground that will suit, this ultra-consistent and classy filly looks booked for another solid performance. Of the rest, Irish raider Wrens Breath is a tricky one to assess having had just the two runs but she nonetheless comes into calculations based on her impressive victory in listed company at Naas last time out. Last with two furlongs to run, Henry De Bromhead’s inmate found an impressive turn of foot to seal the deal and on the evidence of that display, she shouldn’t be fazed by today’s longer trip. Being blind in one eye undermines her special awareness to a degree, but as she’s drawn 11 of the 12-strong field, racing towards the nearside of the pack with a bit of daylight may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
INDIANA ROSE (best price 13-2) ran extremely well against a huge track bias at Naas last time out and, as a result of that upgradable performance, it would come as little surprise to see her bounce back to her best form.
The feature of the action on the straight rack at the Co Kildare venue 17 days ago, was the typically pronounced advantage the high numbers had over their lower drawn counterparts, so it was a meeting where it paid to go back and significantly mark up any horse who ran well against the tide - Patrick Martin’s filly being one of them. Sent off 7-2 market leader in a 15-strong field despite all the evidence of the previous races to suggest she had very little chance, the daughter of Elzaam came out best of those who raced towards the middle of the track, keeping on well in the closing stages to finish a close-up fifth. Clearly much better than the official result suggests, the lightly-raced filly will hopefully be racing against an unmarked deck here this evening and if you look back at her previous display at the same track a few weeks earlier and see how strong she was in the finish over six furlongs, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that she’s an improving four-year-old who should be suited by a step up in trip. Providing she ends up being on the right side of the draw (, 15-2, therefore, appears too big for her in a race where most of her rivals have patchy profiles.