Following a 5/1 winner yesterday, our horse racing expert Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's racing.
STORM DENNIS (best price 9-1) turned out to be a disappointing well-backed favourite at Fontwell last time out, but his poor run could be put down to the very heavy ground that day, so he’s well worth another chance to prove the form of his previous race at Wincanton is reliable as the numbers suggests.
A winner of a bumper at Warwick back in May last year, Chris Gordon’s gelding has clearly had one or two issues since – mainly his wind – but during the interim period he’s still managed to run to a fairly decent standard, most notably at the West Country venue two starts ago. In a race run at a strong tempo throughout, the son of Libertarian was the only one to go with the easy winner on the run down to the last and when you considered the likes of Natty Night, Barford Diva and Island Run have either won or finished place since, his performance reads even better than it did on the day. Significantly, that effort coincided with ground only just on the soft side of good, so with conditions pretty similar here this afternoon, the chance is taken he can return to something like his best off what still appears a fair mark.
Ben Case has enjoyed one of his best seasons so far – certainly numerically – and one of his big success stories along the way, GAZETTE BOURGEOISE (best price 11-4), is fancied to provide the Edgcote handler with another notable winner.
Just run out of the argument by subsequent winner So Said I in a useful mares’ only contest at Exeter back in November, the daughter of Spanish Moon finally gained her due reward for a series of consistent efforts at Hereford last time out and with stamina appearing to be her key weapon that day, it makes perfect sense why connections would want to try her again over an extended three miles. Moreover, the time figure from the Midland venue was extremely respectful compared to races over a shorter trip, and with conditions almost similar to what they were 24 days ago, another big run looks on the cards from this likeable mare.
It’s pretty obvious ZOOM TIGER (best price 7-2) must have one or two issues given that this will be his second appearance in a claimer, but either way, he’s shown enough decent form on both starts since joining his current connections to warrant a small interest in a race far removed from the one he tackled here last time out.
A winner of a useful maiden over in the UK, the son of Zoffany was snapped up Denis Hogan for 20k soon after with a view to perhaps being a nice fun horse during the all-weather campaign and although he hasn’t managed to win yet, he’s been by no means disgraced each time. Looking all over a winner of a 1m4f claimer on his first outing for 51 days, the combination of the trip and lack of a run just found him out close home and then last time he featured prominently in a very competitive handicap over tonight’s C&D. Holding every chance two out, the four-year-old was just outrun by two strong stayers in the shape of Dalvey and Grandmaster Flash, but he still managed to finish a ahead of the likes of Freescape and Joupe, both winners of their previous two starts as well as many other genuinely useful 80+ handicappers. Other than Here And Now, it’s fair to say tonight’s field has nowhere near the strength in depth as his previous contest 42 days ago and with his time figures also far superior to many of his opponents, he rates a solid-looking each-way alternative to the favourite.