Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's racing, with two running at Thrisk.
An ordinary-looking two-year-old maiden and having run with a fair amount of promise in what was quite a decent contest on the figures on their debuts over the same C&D a month ago, both WAKEY WAKEY (best price 10-1) and WHEAL KITTY (best price 11-1) should have learnt enough to be more potent threats second time around.
Dealing with the former first, Tim Easterby’s colt was marginally the most eye-catching of the pair, coming from a long way behind to finish a never-nearer sixth, and considering he wasn’t subject to anything like a hard race, he should come forward nicely for the experience. Hitting the line really strongly over a mile having taken a while to find top stride, one could argue that dropping back in trip isn’t ideal, but hopefully he can negate those negative thoughts with a sharper break which results in a better early track position and if so, the son of Estidhkaar is thoroughly capable ability-wise of featuring in the final outcome.
The latter was a little more switched on to what was required 17 days ago, but a mid-race crisis when the tempo increased meant he momentarily lost his place at a crucial stage. He did, however, pick up in pretty taking fashion in the final furlong to finish his race off quite strongly and hopefully that initial experience will not be lost on him when he returns to the scene of that promising effort here this afternoon.
LIBERTY WARRIOR (best price 17-2) represents a relatively small outfit whose last three runners have all won and, having run well himself in a hot handicap at Newcastle last time out, Daniel and Claire Kubler’s gelding has every chance of adding to the stable’s impressively recent tally.
Other than one inexplicably poor run at Yarmouth three starts ago, the son of Muhaarar has shown promise in all of his five outings, and following an excellent effort behind the useful Dual Identity in warn Class 5 event at Salisbury, he went on to post his best performance based on pure time figures at the Gosforth Park track. Surprisingly, of all the eight races run at the Northumberland venue 10 days ago, his Class 5 1m2f contest was furlong-per-furlong the quickest, and considering he was never stronger than at the finish, his display lends weight to the notion he might be seen to even better effect over further. Additionally, cheekpieces have been added just to allow him to focus more when called upon for his effort and, in what appears a fairly open-looking heat, the lightly-raced three-year-old is fancied to make some sort of impact.