After claiming four winners from four yesterday, Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Gowran Park.
Both PERSUASIVE POWERS (best price 10/3) and Girl In The Picture ran here on the same card 13 days ago, with the latter doing the better of the pair, but as Ed Dunlop’s filly didn’t exactly scream at you that she requires an extra two furlongs, there’s a decent chance the former can prove top dog on their return visits, respectively.
Promising on several starts as a lightly-raced three-year-old, Eve Johnson Houghton’s filly was understandably fresh and keen in the early stages following a 259-day layoff as she took the field along at a brisk pace all the way down the back straight. Still in command as the field turned for home, the daughter of Medicean looked like she might have enough left in the tank at the two-furlong pole, but it was from that point onwards that her engine began to splutter.
That said, she did keep on well enough to finish a creditable fourth and with the time figure coming out extremely favourable for the grade, it’s easy to mark up her performance as a career high. Unlikely to be as exuberant now that all-important run is out of her system, hopefully Charlie Bishop will be able to ride a more measured race on her return to the West Country venue and if so, the scopey filly can go close to shedding her maiden tag.
17:50 Gowran Park
ONE FOR BOBBY (best price 5/2), remarkably was allowed to go off at 33/1 when making a winning debut over today’s C&D 20 days ago but, as there didn’t appear to be any fluke about the performance, Johnny Murtagh’s filly is taken to build on that initial effort in this tougher assignment.
Drawn on the complete outside of the field at the Co Kenny circuit, the daughter of Frankel was understandably dropped in to give her a chance of running some sort of race, but despite her uncompromising position turning for home, she managed to run past the entire field in the home straight to ultimately win going away.
Hitting the line really hard, she posted both a solid overall time figure and backend sectionals respectively and, with the likes of Gradulations and Red Azalea going on to core subsequently, there’s also plenty of substance to the form. Having watching so many races at this venue over the years, it always pays to make a note of anything winning from so far back in the field as she did that day, and with the potential of even more to come now she has a flavour of what to expect, this scopey three-year-old can take her game to another level.
19:50 Gowran Park
BELL ON HER TOES (NAP) (best price 3/1) shaped like she was half-an-hour the best horse of a similar race she encounters here this evening and with bookmakers suggesting that one her main rivals that day, Eighty Eight, somehow deserves to be a shorter price, it’s time to take advantage of that oversight.
Fitted with first-time blinkers after bombing out over a mile at the Co Kenny venue the time before, Andrew Slattery’s filly settled nicely towards the rear in the early stages of a competitive handicap field, but turning for home, she still had plenty of ground to make up on the main players. However, finishing off her race best of all, she charged through the line in the manner of a horse with plenty still to give, and when you consider she got stopped in her tracks when beginning her effort at the two-furlong pole, her performance deserves even more praise.
When you add into the fact this turning, right-hand course is often a difficult place to make any discernible headway from the back of the field, her display goes up a further notch, and with today’s race almost a carbon copy to the set-up 13 days ago, it would be a big disappointment if she didn’t have a huge say in the final outcome.