Our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back and has two tips for today's action, including a NAP at Doncaster.
SAVE A FOREST (best price 5-1) has proven she’s just as effective on turf as she was on the all-weather during the winter/spring period and with the distinct prospect of even more to come now racing beyond 1m4f for the first time, Roger Varian’s filly can continue her way up the ladder.
Starting from fairly humble beginnings, the daughter of Kingman has gone from winning a handicap at Windsor off a mark of 79 to being successful at listed level at Newmarket last time out and in between she was a creditable fourth in the Oaks at Epsom back in June. Looking at the latest of those performances at HQ in more detail, it reveals her game victory was achieved in a very smart speed figure and with today’s contest nominated as the target in the post-race chat, she arrives here nice and fresh following 40-day break. Although the form of the race hasn’t worked out in its entirety, the fourth home, Yesyes (rates one of today’s main threats), it least gave it some sort of boost with a win at Chester recently and with forecast rain seen as an added bonus to her chances, she rates a solid each-way choice at her morning odds.
Modern News got the job done well enough in the end on his seasonal bow at Newmarket last time but whether he quite deserves to be so short in the market in comparison to MOTAWAAJED (NAP) (best price 2-1) is open to question and the latter makes easily the more appeal at the morning odds based on his stronger form lines.
A comfortable winner over the similarly progressive Royal Pleasure at Lingfield two starts ago when making all, William Haggas’ grey showed his versatility tactics wise when coming from off the pace to score over today’s C&D last time out, in turn, clocking a big speed figure. Surprisingly only raised slightly in the ratings despite the nature of his victory (going on strong at the line), it’s also been good to see the runner-up and third boost the form since and hailing from a stable that continue to pound along in remorseless fashion of late, only a huge turnaround in conditions (forecast rain) can prevent the son of Dark Angel putting up another bold show over a course that clearly plays into his strengths.