Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has two tips for today's racing with one running at Cork and a NAP running at Worcester.
Not too many to recommend in this low-grade sprint handicap but at least SECRET ROAD (best price 11-2) has a degree of upside attached to his profile and at the sixth time of asking, he might just have the necessary requirements to get off the mark.
A no show in two all-weather maidens at Dundalk last season, Gerard Keane’s gelding has shown much improved form since switching his attentions to the turf and following a bit more promise at Naas on his seasonal debut, he’s gone on to run well in two subsequent handicaps – one of which was over today’s C&D. In chasing The Cola Kid home here back in July, the son of Gutaifan finished just behind subsequent dual winner She’s In The Game (three finished well clear of rest) and considering that horse is now rated 73, it puts into context the level of performance he achieved two months ago. Trapped out wide when a never-nearer fourth at Sligo last time out, his current mark of 58 seems more than fair in the context of his overall levels of form and today’s race and providing he ends up being drawn on the right side of the track, the lightly-raced three-year-old can reward solid each-way support.
The forecast rain has to be a huge concern for many of these who have been plying their trade on good jumping ground throughout the summer but, as BLUE SANS (NAP) (best price 9-4) is likely to be one of those inconvenienced the least, she can add to her recent victory over today’s C&D.
A useful recruit in bumpers last season, Fergal O’Brien’s mare has gone from strength to strength since switching her attentions to hurdles and following two promising performances in the spring, she eventually got off the mark at the third time of asking at Fontwell. Game as you like when just outpointed close home by subsequent winner Drumlee Watar over 2m7f here back in July, the six-year-old appreciated the drop back in trip and first-time cheekpieces when victorious on her return visit two months later and with the time figure of the race in question backing up the visual aspect of the effort, she looks to have done well to get away with just a 3lb rise in the ratings. Although both her last two performances have come on good ground, she did land an Irish point-to-point in game fashion under pretty testing conditions, so if the surface were to change dramtically during the course of the day, the daughter of Sans Frontieres should prove equal to the task.