Our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's action. One selection runs at Punchestown, one at Southwell and one at Wolverhampton.
Indiana Jones will obviously be a popular choice following his decent effort behind Mr Incredible on chasing debut at Naas, but given the winner was really the only one to take out of the race at the Co Meath venue considering how things panned out (slowly run race), he looks a desperately short price up against the more established BUSSELTON (best price 2-1), and Joseph O’Brien’s gelding easily rates the pick of the pair at the morning odds.
Just short of top-class over hurdles as a juvenile, the son of Mastercraftsman has already begun to suggest he will make into a better chaser and following solid runner-up spots on his first two starts, he went on to lower the colours of the useful The Bosses Oscar at Listowel. Clocking a smart speed figure at the Co Kerry venue, the four-year-old couldn’t quite dominate in the way he had done previously in a better race at Tipperary, but at the same time, he was by no means disgraced in finishing third to the quality mare Gin On Lime. Back to his dominant best when allowed to stride on and make all at Cork last time out, hopefully, those forceful tactics will be seen to good effect here this afternoon and with the right-handed track also seeming to be his preferred way of travel, it’s not difficult to envisage him making all the running.
HAAS BOY (best price 4-1) shaped quite nicely in an above-average bumper for the time of year at Worcester on his debut and with the strong feeling that he would only need to improve just a smidgen to be a more potent force in today’s contest, Charlie Longsdon’s gelding makes plenty of appeal from an each-way stance.
Nibbled at in the pre-race market at the Midland venue, the four-year-old travelled in the manner of a horse who was likely to justify single-figure odds, but in the end, he ultimately found himself just outside the money. Visibly tiring from two furlongs out, the son of Diamond Boy made matters worse by drifting to his left and he ended up getting beaten 11 lengths when that scenario seemed extremely unlikely at the top of the home straight. Putting those antics down to greenness and fitness rather than a trait that is likely to resurface on a regular basis, he’s given another chance to shine in a contest where only four of the participants have stepped foot on a racecourse.
NAVELLO (best price 7-2) wouldn’t be the first horse to get bogged down in York’s testing surface towards the backend of the season when last seen and if you are prepared to give George Boughey’s colt a pass on that score and concentrate of some of his better performances previously, the useful youngster has a decent chance of repeating his C&D win back in April.
Way too green to do himself justice on his debut at Bath, the son of Ivawood proved a totally different proposition next time out at tonight’s track, staying on strongly in the latter stages to overcome a tardy beginning. A victory at Brighton was followed by his most notable success so far to date in the Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester but from that point onwards, his form rather tapered off once the better quality two-years-olds began to emerge. That said, he did manage to produce an extremely smart speed figure back around the Roodee on his next run after a gelding operation in mid-summer and it’s that form which gives him more than a puncher’s chance of claiming victory on a surface that clearly suits.