After selecting one winner and two places yesterday, our horse racing expert Andy Holding has returned with three tips for today's action.
14:48 Newton Abbot
MIGHT I (best price 5-2) came up just a little short in a good quality listed bumper at Newbury when last seen but it was a performance to strongly suggest he still holds a bright future and with today’s contest looking a nice starting point for Harry Fry’s gelding, he’s taken to make his debut over hurdles a winning one.
The son of Fame And Glory made his racecourse debut in a bumper at Warwick last December and in what turned out to be a keenly-contested and well-run affair, he proved far too strong for his 17 rivals in the latter stages. Clocking a pretty smart speed figure into the bargain, the five-year-old came into the conversation for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but whether he would have been quite good enough for a race of that nature is open to debate. Either way, connections decided to step him up in class by sending him to Newbury to contest a listed affair and despite looking one of the most likely winners turning for home, he didn’t quite have the necessary requirements on the day to see it through to the line. That said, the way he travelled for four fifths of the journey pointed towards him having a seriously decent engine and with the form already beginning to take shape with the runner up scoring over hurdles already this season, hopefully this highly-promising youngster can follow suit despite heavy ground being somewhat of a concern.
QUINTA DO MAR (best price 9-4) enjoyed a pretty productive season during his first spell over hurdles and even though he lacks an all-important run under his belt, he’s still fancied to put his qualities to good use in a race well within his compass on the pick of his best form.
One of the features of his four runs over hurdles so far to date has been the fact all of them have produced the fastest final circuit time on the card, so it’s pretty clear he’s been running to a decent standard in some above-average novice events. One of the quickest came courtesy of his victory over the useful and subsequent winner Dobryn at Ludlow back in March and although he failed in his bid to follow up twice subsequently, Ben Pauling’s gelding acquitted himself with credit each time. Just run out of the argument by Here Comes McCoy at Market Rasen later in the same month (traded at a very short price in-running) was followed by a commendable effort in a hot Class 2 handicap at Cheltenham on his final start of the campaign and with both performances confirming he stays beyond two miles well enough, the son of Cafilet has plenty of more options going forward. 2m1f on a stiff, galloping track such as today’s, therefore, seems a good place to start his campaign and with his team in pretty decent order during the last month or so, the lightly-raced six-year-old is likely to make a bright start his second term under rules than not.
DUTY BEYOND (best price 4-1) ran with loads of encouragement in a race miles tougher than the one he faces tonight over the same C&D 17 days ago and from his much more favourable draw this time around, George Boughey’s gelding receives a confident vote to get off the mark at the fifth time of asking.
Having his first start for new connections since leaving his native France, the son of Uncle Mo was a little bit of an unknown quantity prior to that encounter at the Dunstall Park track but in analysing the post-race data and how he performed, the conclusion to be drawn is that he harbours quite a bit of natural flare. The fact he had the hood on for the first time strongly suggested he was a keen going sort and so it proved, as the three-year-old was dropped out from his high draw in a bid to settle him and find his feet in the early stages. Still having plenty to do as the field turned for home, he did, however, finish off his race in a style that would have no doubt pleased connections and now the fizz has been taken out of his system, a more all-round display should be forthcoming. Additionally, the time figure of the race in question was exceptionally good for the grade, and with the likes of If You Dare, Billy Mill and Wizard D’Amour all boosting the form in a major way since, it would come a huge disappointment if this lightly-raced sort didn’t follow suit.