Our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back and has four tips for today's action, two selections running at Doncaster, one at Sandown and one at Chester.
A good mix of established form meeting several who harbour plenty of promise and of those from the latter category, RIBHI (best price 4-1) stands out as the one most likely to prove equal to today’s test.
Allowed to go off 20-1 on debut at Salisbury – which seems inexplicable given what transpired – Marcus Tregoning’s colt was behind up towards the rear of midfield in the early stages, but as the pace increased and the leaders gathered themselves for the final push, it was clear this rangy colt was going to cause some serious damage. Quickening well to pick up the running inside the final furlong, the Dark Angel colt soon assumed command and in winning going away, he ended up posting a very smart time figure for a juvenile. Looking for all the world as though he’ll be seen in an even better light over further on the evidence of that initial display, the potentially top-class class grey can take his game to another level. The only concern to his chance would be a serious shift in conditions if the rain sets in so that situation is worth monitoring throughout the day.
ARQOOB (best price 11-1) took advantage of a slight ease in grade at Leicester last time out and he’s taken to carry forward that new-found confidence back to a track where he’s run well already earlier this season.
Fourth in a hot contest against his own age group here back in June (Dejame Paso, King Of Clubs, Toronado Grey and Dark Lion all won since), William Jarvis’ gelding failed to get involved in his next two races at Newmarket and Haydock but he proved a totally different proposition at the Midland venue three weeks ago when swooping to conqueror from some way off the pace. Additionally, his time figure was extremely good for the grade and with today’s contest likely to be run at a sound gallop with the likes of Carolus Magnus and Huddleston Mac in the field, the son of Estidhkaar is fancied to run to a level better than his morning odds imply.
FARHAN (best price 5-1) has yet to add to his sole victory from last season, but there has been more than enough promise from John Butler’s inmate in his three runs this campaign to suggest he’s on the cusp of making a breakthrough and today could well be the day he strikes.
Agonisingly touched off by No Recollection on his seasonal bow at Salisbury, the son of Zoffany shaped pretty well in a much better race at York next time when keeping on at the one-pace to finish a creditable fourth behind Kondo Island (Tashkhan flown the flag several times for the form since). Dropped back down to 1m2f at Sandown last time out, the three-year-old gelding stayed on extremely stoutly in the latter stages to get within a neck of the winner at the line and that effort once again proved that he is a strong stayer at the trip. A winner on heavy ground over a stiff track as a juvenile, stamina clearer isn’t an issue, and with plenty of showers forecast throughout the area in the build-up to the race, he will be less inconvenienced than most should the ground were to ease significantly.
CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD (best price 11-2) was extremely unlucky not to be involved in the finish at Thirsk last time out and Mick Channon’s gelding rates a strong choice to back up that theory at a track that should really play into his strengths.
Slowly into stride at the Yorkshire venue, as seems to be his want these days, the son of Slade Power made up the lost ground to race just in behind the main players heading down to the final two furlongs, but just as he was about to be unleashed for his effort, he had the door firmly slammed in his face. Given how he finished off his race once out in the clear, it was plain to see he had plenty left in the tank and with that performance, backing up efforts behind the likes of Capote’s Dream and Great Ambassador on his previous two starts, the five-year-old is clearly running much better than his form figures imply.