Following an 11/1 winner yesterday, Andy Holding is back with four tips for today's action, including an NAP at Yarmouth.
MUSTAZEED (NAP) (best price 2/1) ran a remarkable race on his first start for 329 days at Newbury last time out and with that run likely to have brought him forward both mentality and physically, Chris Wall’s gelding should prove hard to beat at a track where he’s already enjoyed previous success.
Often slowly away, the son of Territories took his party piece to another level at the Berkshire venue, missing the break to the tune of 10 lengths, so the fact he managed to finish on the coat tails of the main players is testimony to his ability. Considering the race nine days ago was an extremely strong one makes his performance even more meritorious, and then when you add to the mix he did all his best work in the final half a mile without getting anything like a clear run or being unduly punished, an extra layer of amazement in thrown in for good measure. Clearly a horse with a decent amount of natural talent on the evidence of what we saw of him the other day, he could have way too much quality for today’s providing he doesn’t completely blow his chance away at the start.
A classier renewal than normal due to the huge purse on the table and it’s one FRENCH CLAIM (best price 10/1) and CALLING THE WIND (best price 25/1) could easily scoop based on the pick of their form.
The former arrives here having run with plenty of credit in the Group 1 St Leger and just purely on that basis alone, Paddy Twomey’s colt should find the huge drop down in class in his favour. Aggressively ridden on Town Moor, he looked like he was going to fall completely out the back of the telly when headed and hampered over three furlongs out, but to his great credit, he was noted running on strongly again in the closing stages to finish a respectable fifth-length seventh. An impressive nine-length winner on genuine soft ground earlier in the season at Cork and a creditable third over today’s course in the Irish Derby, a return to the Co Kildare venue under similar conditions should see the son of French Fifteen put up a bold show if ridden with a little more restraint.
The latter has also been plying his trade at pattern level this season and although he hasn’t managed to add to his winning tally, there have been plenty of mitigating circumstances as to why. Twice he was asked to race over an inadequate 1m4f and on the other occasion when he was well beaten, he was up against none other than subsequent Doncaster Cup winner, Coltrane. His best performance this season, however, came when he was given a proper test of stamina in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and when you combine that performance with his effort in last year’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket, again another severe examination, he surely looks way overpriced here today around the 25/1 mark.
NOSTRINGSATTACHED (best price 9/2) has twice shaped better than the bare result suggests in similar events to the ones he faces today, so it would come as no surprise if she were to piece all the knowledge gathered during those two races and get off the mark at the third time of asking.
Slowly away over today’s C&D on debut a month ago, the daughter of Markaz did really well in the circumstances to finish a never-nearer fifth and although she failed in her bid to better that position at Punchestown last time out, there was still plenty of encouragement to take out of the display. Forced wide off the home turn at the Co Kildare venue, Andrew Kinirons’ filly came home to good effect once gathering her thoughts in the home straight and on that evidence, it’s easy to draw to the conclusion she requires a stiffer to be seen to better effect. Back up in trip, on a more galloping track and favourably draw, this promising grey can finally step up to the plate.