Our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's action, including a NAP at Bangor-On-Dee.
BARBADOS (best price 5-2) was slightly flattered by his final winning margin over Mt Leinster at the Listowel Festival, but either way, he was fully in control before his main market rival was eased off close home and with seemingly only another Willie Mullins-trained individual standing in his way here this afternoon, Jessica Harrington’s inmate rates the percentage call at the morning prices.
Good enough to finish a creditable fourth in last season’s Irish St Leger, the five-year-old fared a good deal worse in this year’s renewal and, as a result, his sights were significantly lowered on his next start. In what turned out to be a two-way joust from half a mile out at the Co Kerry venue, the son of Galileo always looked to be going best and once given the office turning into the home straight, he found a nice change of gear to pull well clear. Although beaten on his latest encounter over hurdles, time may tell there was no shame bumping into a horse as classy as My Mate Mozzie and plenty of solid form at today’s track under his belt, his decent partnership with his amateur pilot should be further enhanced.
REPRESENTING BOB (NAP) (best price 11-8) belied his opening chase handicap mark in spectacular fashion at Stratford on his seasonal return and with the assessor only taking the tiniest of preventative measures, Jamie Snowdon has been handed a gilt-edged opportunity to prove still further that he remains an extremely well-treated individual.
The son of Presenting had shown just flickers of promise in bumpers and maiden hurdles respectively but no one could have anticipated the amount of improvement he was about to deliver on his opening bow over fences. In what turned out to be an extremely strongly-run event for the grade, the five-year-old chestnut jumped well throughout and even though he was the first of the breakaway ground of four to come off the bridle down the back straight, he ultimately stayed on best of all where it mattered most. In doing so, he ended up posting a decent overall time figure but it was his final circuit time which became the most impressive part of his performance. Quicker than the 117-rated Templehills to the tune of 8.9 seconds (roughly 40 lengths), he strongly intimated he’s nowhere near an 83-rated horse and with the third home, Lost In Monmatre, going on to make light work of his opposition next time at Hereford, it will be a complete head-scratcher if, with a clean round of jumping, this lightly-raced sort fails to follow suit.
Providing things go according to plan with Representing Bob an hour earlier, confidence in the chances of GIVE ME A MOMENT (best price 4-1) will have gathered pace and even though he faces a fairly tough opponent in the shape of recent impressive winner Salamanca School, Richard Bandey’s gelding rates the value pick of the front two in the market.
A shock 33-1 winner of a competitive handicap chase when trained in Ireland, the son of Mountain High was having his first run for 50 days for new connections at the Midland venue and, having jumped well at the head of affairs throughout, he only found a very well treated rival too good. Clearly the six-year-old can go a fair rattle from the front, so it will be interesting to see how the joust for the early lead goes with Salamanca School (made all at Fontwell), but providing he doesn’t do anything stupid in that department, he easily has the ability to figure in race of today’s nature off his current mark.