Andy Holding is back with four tips for today's racing.
Time may tell, WAIT TO EXCEL (best price 16/1) was beaten by a very smart colt at Thirsk last time out and with the form of that race easily as good as anything achieved by his rivals, James Tate’s inmate appears to have been grossly underestimated in the market.
Last of nine on his debut at Newmarket, albeit in a very hot novice contest, the son of Postponed was understandably a big price on his next start up against a William Haggas-trained inmate who has the potential to be top class, and although he didn’t manage to defy his 40-1 starting price, he ran miles better than anticipated. Racing alongside the short-priced favourite for most of the journey, he only succumbed to the winner’s class in the last furlong or so, and even though he ended up getting beaten four lengths, his speed figure still came out as a very commendable one. Whether today’s slightly easier ground will suit only time will tell, but either way, this extremely scopey three-year-old has the physique to do well in time and today’s contest provides him with another opportunity to continue his progression.
WOTS THE WIFI CODE (best price 11/2) was a shade disappointing at Haydock last Saturday, but as his overall profile suggests, that wouldn’t be the first time he’s run a bit indifferently, and he’s fancied to bounce back to something like his best at a track he’s enjoyed a good deal of success in the past.
A wide draw didn’t help Tony Coyle’s gelding at the Merseyside track in the first place and even though he managed to work himself into a challenging position three out, his effort from that point onwards was only a token one at best. Going back to his previous effort, though, he showed much more sparkle and that effort was indicative of his overall record at today’s venue. His excellent performance behind Billy Roberts here earlier in the month took his form figures at the Yorkshire track to 3123 and with today’s contest way less competitive than that strongly-run event on paper, the son of Fast Company can go a long way to prove that bookmakers are wrong in chalking him up the outsider of five.
Most eyes will naturally be drawn towards Irish raider Crispy Cat representing sexy connections, but he may not have things all his own way as the market suggests he might and of those who could pose him the most problems, MARIA BRANWELL (best price 11/2) rates one of the most obvious threats based on her performance first time out.
An entry in both the Super Sprint and Redcar Two-Year-old Trophy, she must have been showing something at home, so it was a surprise in the first instance to see her sent off 10-1 at the Yorkshire track. Always looking as though she was going to defy those odds given the way she travelled through the first part of the race, she then showed a smart turn of foot to sweep into the lead over a furlong out. Despite drifting to her left, the daughter of James Garfield had the willingness to fend off her main pursuer and, with the pair well clear of the rest, her effort first time off the bat has to go down as a very commendable one. Moreover, her speed figure also suggests she ran to a very fair level and if she can build on that initial effort in the way anticipated, she’s almost certain to take high rank even allowing for tonight’s better grade.
ENEMY (best price 5/2) had to go down as an extremely unlucky loser in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last time out, and while backing those type of horses on a regular basis can be a one-way ticket to the poorhouse, an exception can be made for Ian Williams’ improving stayer.
A hugely impressive winner of a competitive handicap at Musselburgh both visually and on the clock on his return to these shores, the son of Muhaarar was well-backed to make the step up in class a seamless one at the Berkshire venue, and if it wasn’t for running into a cul-de-sac at the most critical part of the race, there’s little doubt he would have justified the money in his direction. On the evidence of that display 29 days ago, he clearly belongs at this sort of level and, with connections no doubt eyeing up a possible tilt at the Ascot Gold Cup in a month’s time, a victory here would book his ticket in the best possible fashion.