After bagging a 14/1 winner yesterday, Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Windsor.
THE VOLLAN (best price 5/2) got virtually wiped out by a horse falling right in his path at Hexham last time out, so even though he let the side down of those who forced him into 11-10 favouritism to a degree, he’s afforded another chance to recoup losses.
In the perfect position and going as well as anticipated heading out onto the final circuit at the Borders venue, Laura Mongan’s gelding, unfortunately, couldn’t avoid the front-running For Jim as he capsized at the 13th and even though he worked himself back into the contest to have a chance of salvaging victory at the last, the exertions of making upwards of ten lengths on one of his main rivals, Prince Dundee, proved an unequal task. Prior to that unlucky incident, the son of Scorpion had proven his liking for today’s track with a smooth C&D victory and even though he faces a little more competition in terms of numbers, he’s still fancied to keep the ball rolling for his in-form local handler.
Even though AMADEAU GREY (best price 11/2) is a fairly exposed six-year-old, he still managed to post something close to a career high effort on the numbers at Redcar last time out, and with today’s race being a bit of a climb down in terms of class, Tim Easterby’s grey can prove his morning odds are all wrong in accordance with his prospects based on the speed figures.
Shaping as though 1m2f was too much to handle on his first outing for 494 days at Ripon a month ago, the son of Zebedee turned out to be a different proposition last time out, staying on doggedly in the latter stages to push stable mate Cassy O all the way to the line. Obviously, he has to go and back that performance up now, but given the speed figure he posted and the fact he drops back into Class 4 company, it all adds up to suggest he’s likely to go close if repeated the dose.
ENGLISH SPIRIT (NAP) (best price 10/3) has yet to prove himself as good on turf as he is on the all-weather, but there were more encouraging signs on his last start on the grass at Leicester last season and following a series of solid performances since, Heather Main’s gelding looks now poised to make a bigger impact than before.
A beaten favourite on his first three starts this term, the son of Swiss Spirit was once again subject of sustained support on his most recent outing at Wolverhampton, but this time he made no mistake in rewarding those who kept the faith. Always to the fore in what turned out to be an extremely strongly run affair at the Dunstall Park venue, the chestnut stayed on best of all to readily pull clear of his nearest pursuer in the closing stages, and with an even bigger gap back to the third-placed horse, the form looked very solid for the grade.
Indeed, since that race back in May, the runner-up, Nine Elms, has since gone on to back up that viewpoint in some style and with a nice pause of over a month to refresh the engines since that big effort, the consistent four-year-old should be capable of a bold show.