Andy Holding is back with two tips for Monday's racing, including a NAP at Bangor.
Not a great maiden by any stretch of the imagination and its one that provides RELEVANT RANGE (best price 2/1) a decent opportunity to finally get off the mark.
Winless in six starts to date, Paddy Twomey’s gelding has certainly acquitted himself with plenty of credit since fitted with the visor, and even though the bare results don’t necessarily highlight the improvement, his time figures do. Setting a good gallop at Killarney two starts ago, he ultimately succumbed to two very useful sorts in the closing stages and the same scenario unfolded when he went back to the Co Kerry venue two days later.
This time he put it up to a horse who went to finish a creditable third in the BMW Mile at Galway next time out, but in the context of tonight’s affair, it was still a very good effort on the numbers. Whether he will be asked to try and make the running here tonight only time will tell, but either way, a sharp extended seven-furlong contest at a fairly modest level should be right in his wheelhouse and he and favourite, Moe Sedway, should have this to themselves.
RED VISION (NAP) (best price 3/1) comes with a degree of uncertainty fitness-wise following a 114-day break due to wind surgery, but providing he’s somewhere close to his best, Donald McCain’s gelding has the form and profile to be going close in a race of this nature.
A former pointer, the son of Vision D’Etat took a few runs to get acclimatised to his new vocation, but once he accumulated a bit of experience under his belt, he put that new-found knowledge to good use on his third start over hurdles over today’s C&D.
Despite looking as though he was going to play second fiddle to the solid form pick, Risk D’Argent (sent off 4/9), the seven-year-old knuckled down to the task at hand and he went on to ultimately prove too strong for his more experienced counterpart on the run-in.
Following up that breakthrough win with a bloodless success as a 1/4 poke at Sedgefield next time, his final run of the campaign came courtesy of a red-hot novices’ handicap at Sandown. Sent off 28/1 at the Esher venue, he impressed with the way he kept on manfully to the task at hand despite being up against many who had already proven themselves at a high level and having come out of that contest on the same mark of 110, it’s the sort of rating that can easily be exploited if his recent operation proves to be a success.