Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Newmarket.
AS IF BY CHANCE (best price 3/1) has produced a decent series of results since being fitted with a visor and with one of his better performances taking place over today’s C&D, confidence is high Nigel Tinkler’s gelding can continue his progression.
Really good on the figures when scoring in the first-time visor on his first trip to Colwick Park, the four-year-old failed in his bid to repeat the dose at Newmarket next time, but as he ended up being stuck out on the for the entire journey, his defeat can easily be forgiven. True to form, he bounced back to his best under a more conventional ride at Thirsk last time and was another performance highlighted by a fast time. Whether today’s smaller field with end up being his bag remains to seen, but either way, he’s certainly good enough to beat his three main rivals based on his numbers if things go his way.
WORLD WITHOUT LOVE (best price 3/1) has still to find the winning formula in five starts to date, but there’s no denying the daughter of Ulyssees is edging closer with each run and with her latest effort by far and away the best she achieved on the numbers, a repeat of something similar back in handicap company should see her go close to finally making the all-important breakthrough.
Runner-up off a mark of 73 on handicap debut at Windsor two starts ago, Charlie & Mark Johnston’s filly appeared to face a s tiff task on paper up against the highly-regarded Real Dream at Doncaster last time out, so to only get beaten less than three lengths by Sir Michael Stoute’s improving colt has to go down as a seriously good effort. Surprisingly untouched by the assessor despite a career-high performance, it’s only a matter of time before the leggy filly exploits her current rating and today could well be the day over a course than should suit.
Terry Kent deserves a huge amount of credit for the way he’s handled DEVASTE (NAP) (best price 2/1) from the start of the season and following his stable star’s tremendous performance in a white-hot handicap at Yok last time out, today’s contest seems like easy pickings in comparison.
After a series of fine-placed efforts in some ultra-competitive sprint handicaps, the son of Buratino finally gained his due rewards with a deserved victory at Leicester on his fourth start of the campaign, but he went on to scale even greater heights in defeat nine days later. In what is universally accepted as one of the toughest three-year-old sprint handicaps of its kind, the chestnut gelding stayed on well from the rear of the field to finish a creditable third behind the improving Harry Three and when you factor in the time figure of the race in question, his display warrants further praise.
Additionally, considering he was racing on the wrong part of the track for majority of the six-furlong journey in terms of where the pace was located, his achievements can be bolstered to an even higher level and given that the winner will probably be entering calculations in Group races further down the line, to come away with only a slight adjustment to his own rating has to be seen as a huge result. Surely better than a mark of 81, this likeable sprinter is strongly fancied to press home that viewpoint Back on home soil.