Andy Holding is back with three tips from today's action.
TRANSLINK (best price 7/2) no doubt surprised many punters with his 20/1 success at Worcester last time out but, as the time figure revealed there was no fluke about the performance, Neil Mulholland’s gelding can strike again while the ground still remains in his favour.
Pulled up after an indifferent round of jumping on chase debut at Warwick in May, the son of Rail Link was brought back to hurdles after a 98-day break at a track where he’d already tasted success and despite being one of the outsiders of the field, he proved good enough to pull off the shock. What made his performance stand out even further was the fact he had to overcome a slipping saddle and an awkward jump three out in wearing down the extremely well-backed Accidental Agent and with the time figure also speaking favourably in his direction, a meagre rise in the ratings shouldn’t be anywhere near enough to prevent him from following up.
GEORGEVILLE (best price 5/1) has been in pretty choppy waters for the thick end of a year now to no avail, but he’s finally been given a chance to be a little more competitive in this listed event where there doesn’t appear to be any superstars on show.
On first name terms with many of Ireland’s best Group 2 and 3 performers, his latest effort in the former category rather summed up his plight this season when he was a never-nearer sixth behind the rapidly-improving Jadoomi at Leopardstown. Not disgraced either when only beaten four lengths by Luxembourg at The Curragh previously, Ger Lyons’ inmate can’t have too many excuses if he fails to make an impact here this afternoon, especially as he’s already proven over today’s track.
SARAH’S VERSE (best price 11/4) has been in pretty decent form since disappointing at Chepstow during the summer and with her latest effort coming courtesy of a creditable second to the dropping-in-grade Newyorkstateofmind over today’s C&D, Ronald Harris’ mare can further add to her fine record at the Midland venue.
A winner at Windsor three starts ago after being freshened up after her flop at the Welsh venue, the daughter of Poet’s Voice has since gone on to run two commendable races in defeat. And on the evidence of the clock, her most recent performance was right up there with some of her best over her career. Held up in midfield, the five-year-old was noted going as well as anything turning for home and although she stayed on strongly all the way to the line, she couldn’t quite peg back the eventual winner who got first run on her from two out. Finishing well clear of the rest, she did, however, strongly hint she remains in top shape and with today’s race no greater in terms of opposition, there appears no obvious reason why she won’t make a bold bid to go one place better.