Our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back with four tips for today's action, with two runners at Chelmsford, one at Taunton & Wolverhampton.
GUERNESEY (best price 10-3) was a tad unlucky to bump into a similarly well-treated horse in the shape of Getalead at Warwick last time out and with it coming as no surprise to see his conqueror going on to supplement those gains at Ascot a few days later, Philip Hobbs’ gelding can follow suit.
Impressive when defying odds of 14-1 at Exeter previously, the five-year-old grey was much more popular in the pre-race market at the Midland venue last time out and for nine tenths of the journey he looked sure to justify the support in his direction. Noted going well coming out of the back straight it seemed likely he would go on and win once looming up to the pace-setter but no sooner as he got his head in front, his main rival battled back to chin him on the line. Nicely clear of the rest, the result appeared a believable one regards to solid form, and with today’s sharp, right-handed track on good ground set to suit again, the son of Martaline can regain the winning theme.
SEA OF CHARM (best price 8-1) has shaped as though she requires further than seven furlongs on her last two starts and this race doesn’t look too taxing in order for that experiment to come off.
Keeping on at the one pace at Kempton two runs again, Harry Dunlop’s filly raced off the same mark in a similar Class 6 handicap here a few days later and this time there were more encouraging signs. Hampered early, the daughter of Charm Spirit worked her way into a position where she looked a bit of a threat coming off the home turn but whereas the winner got a lovely smooth run down the outside, she had to wait for a gap to open up the inside. Once out in the clear, she kept on well enough to finish a creditable third and with the speed figure of the race in question very good for the grade, her performance can be marked down as easily her best. Up to the extended mile for the first time in her career, her morning odds can be outrun at a track that clearly suits.
TRUMBLE (best price 13-8) has carved out a pretty enviable record for himself at tonight’s venue, as stats of 111 testify, and with the latest of those three victories easily his best on the figures, the nap hand looks a distinct possibility.
Bumped up to a career-high mark after taking apart a competitive field on his first run back after a 106-day break here over six furlongs, the son of Power was moved back up to his optimum distance on his return visit a month later but despite the handicapper’s best attempt to try and derail his progress, he made light work of that impost. Always travelling sweetly behind strong early fractions, David Loughnane’s gelding exhibited a useful turn of foot to come clear of his eight opponents and his backend sectionals went along way to complement his overall speed figure. Up another level in a bid to keep his unbeaten track record intact, there’s always a point where he will reach his ceiling but he has by far and away the fewest convictions on the six set to go to post and hopefully that ability to get the job done on this surface can count for plenty in the final analysis.
GOLD WING (best price 15-2) got caught in a bit of rush hour traffic that ultimately cost her victory here last time out and now stepped in to a trip in-keeping with her pedigree, Saeed Bin Suroor’s filly can finally deliver the goods at the eighth time of asking.
A keen-goer in many of her previous races, the daughter of Golden Horn was dropped in with a view to getting her to settle on her first visit to the Essex track and although the end product resulted in a career-high effort, she left the impression she may have won with a better rub of the green. Hitting a bit of a mid-race crisis as the decent tempo lifted even further coming out of the back straight, she then proceeded to meet a wall of horse head on, and it wasn’t until inside the final furlong she finally saw a bit of daylight. Going on strongly at the finish, the three-year-old shaped as though – just like her sire – she now requires further than a mile and with her first two-bend race likely to bring about further improvement, she rates a decent each-way alternative to the potentially well-handicapped favourite, Hathlool.