Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's racing, with one running at Yarmouth and the other at Ayr.
MANGO BOY (best price 7-4) has shaped like a certain future winner on all his three starts so far to date and today’s contest, his first run in handicap company, provides him with a golden opportunity realise that promise off what appears a fair opening mark of 78.
Starting of life in a decent quality novice event at Newmarket, Chris Wall’s gelding proved he had a fair amount of natural ability and he built on that initial effort at Kempton next time when only finding the classy pair, Mo’assess and Aramaic too good late on. Up against a similar type at Ripon last time out, the son of New Bay just got hemmed in at a crucial stage and by the time he’d extracated himself from the pocket, the winner had already skipped over the horizon. That said, the way he hit the line strongly hinted there was plenty left under the bonnet and with today’s likely solid pace set to suit, everything looks set fair for a big performance.
NAKEETA (best price 4-1) is no spring chicken, but as he showed in this very race last year, he’s by no means a total back number either, and following one of his better performances in a much stronger race at Ripon last time out, he looks primed to go well in his repeat bid.
Racing in a competitive little Class 4 contest at the Yorkshire venue a month ago, the 10-year-old came home with plenty of purpose in the closing stages to force Land Of Winter to pull out all the stops and with the third home that day, Au Claire De Lune, going on to boost the form with a win at Chester last week, connections must be delighted with how his season has progressed. Fourth in another notably hot race at York previously (winner Goobinator won again since), the Sixties Icon gelding has a body of work behind him to suggest he’s as good as he was this time last season and off a similar mark, he looks bound to make his presence felt at a track he clearly loves.