Andy Holding is back with four tips for Friday's racing.
ANGE DE L’AMOUR (best price 2/1) finished off her race in pretty taking fashion over today’s course last time out and with the likelihood of an extra furlong playing even more to her strengths, Robyn Brisland’s filly has a decent chance of making it fourth time lucky.
Mildly promising on her first two starts, the daughter of Harry Angel was given a break of 108 days before resuming with her career in what looked a decent EBF restricted maiden a month ago and after a slow beginning, she soon found herself on the back foot. However, unperturbed by being quite a way back at halfway, she rattled home to really good effect in the closing stages and considering the winner that day has since gone on to run well in Group 3 company next time, her performance reads even better than it did at first glance. Although there must have been a huge temptation to run her in a nursery off a mark of 70, she’s easily good enough to feature in this class 5 event and with her stable also having hit a nice bit of form of late, she’s fancied to keep up the good work for her Danebury handler.
FELIX NATALIS (best price 9/4) found the jump up three grades to Class 2 company in a hot nursery at Goodwood a bridge too far last time out, but having previously run out quite an impressive winner over today’s course, Tom Dascombe’s colt can resume the winning thread on his return to the Berkshire venue.
Having shown promise in three maidens, the son of Harry Angel was handed a workable mark for his first outing in handicap company and after coming in for plenty support on nursery debut, he duly landed the punt with a bit to spare. Clearly better than his opening rating of 65, he was sent to the Sussex track to contest a much tougher race and although he ultimately came up a bit short, he still ran with great credit. Up in the van through the early exchanges, he ended up faded out of the equation inside the final furlong, but when you consider he was taking on many genuine 85+ horses, several who had already raced at pattern level, he actually didn’t fare too bad considering he was the lowest rated horse in the field (he actually raced 6lb out of the handicap). For a horse who shows plenty of pace, a drop back down to the minimum trip can pay dividends and with his pilot likely to be given orders to try and dictate matter from the front, it might take a decent effort by one of his rivals to peg him back.
DIAMONDONTHEHILL (best price 10/3) clocked a really smart time figure for the grade at Redcar last time out and a repeat of something approaching the same level here this afternoon is likely to see Michael Dods’ gelding going close in his bid to follow up.
Seemingly treaded water over seven furlongs this season, the son of Al Kazeem was upped to a mile for his latest escapade and after travelling like a dream throughout, he ended up scoring with a little bit up his sleeve. Due to the fast pace set by Swinging Eddie and Park Street at the Yorkshire venue, it came as little surprise to find out the speed figure turned out very good for the grade and having been found an opportunity by connections to race in a contest technically a little easier on paper, it’s easy to see why he’s been asked to go again just six days after that career high effort.
WAJD (best price 11/4) took a little while to engage top gear over today’s C&D last time out, but she eventually ran out such a comfortable winner, and it’s easy to envisage Patrick Owen’s filly duplicating the feat on her return visit.
Although she was a winner at two, the daughter of Pearl Secret underwent wind surgery in order to further her career at a reasonable level and on the evidence of her most recent outing, the operation seems to be having the desired effect. After momentarily looking in trouble at the two-furlong pole at HQ, here shift in mindset that enable her to trust her breathing and push through the pain barrier was clear for all to see and in the end, she ultimately ran out a comfortable winner. Clocking a smart speed figure in the process, her first win of the season should have given her a tremendous boost of confidence going forward and now having run two of her best races over the July Course, tonight’s assignment looks a decent opportunity for her to maintain that trend.