Andy Holding is back with five tips from today's action.
SERIOUS LOOK (best price 11/4) not only has the perfect Ted Rogers form figures of 321, he also has a profile that suggest he’s improving at a rapid rate of knots and he’s fancied to keep his stock rising even further.
A promising third on his debut at Newcastle back in July, George Boughey’s colt went one place better when switched to the turf at Beverley next time and although we didn’t know it at the time, the filly who beat her that day has since gone on to prove she’s potential top class by winning at pattern level in Germany recently. Presented with what looked a golden opportunity for him at Epsom last time out, the son of Dark Angel made light work of the task at hand, but despite the straightforward nature of the assignment, he ended up posting a very smart speed figure. Although today’s conditions will be in stark contrast to what he faced 21 days ago, at least we know he has experience of an all-weather surface and safe with the knowledge that he can handle going downhill at speed, he has plenty of useful attributes when it comes to this afternoon’s test.
GET THE VALUE (best price 7/1) ended up being green as the silks he donned on his debut at Newton Abbot back in July, but even allowing for the fact he still maybe a bit wet behind the ears, he has enough natural ability to be of some interest with that all-important experience under his belt.
Not unfancied by an y means at the West County track, John O’Shea’s gelding was always given his supporters hope of getting a return on their investment and if it wasn’t for jumping the path over a furlong out, he may have capturing more than the third placed purse. Having moved well throughout the contest, it’s clear the son of Getaway has a decent engine and with today’s course having nothing of an artificial nature from him to gaze at in the closing stages (there is a path he will have to cross going away from the stands), hopefully he should be able to concentrate more on the job at hand this time around.
SONGO (best price 5/1) bombed out big time in the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster last time out, which is a bit of a concern, but he’s better judged on his previous performances over today’s C&D, so there’s every chance a return to the Wiltshire venue will see him a better light.
121 at today’s track, it’s also noticeable that two of his performances have come via races that have generated a strong speed figure, so it’s clear he needs a certain set of circumstances to show his best form. Looking at today’s pace map, at least the son of Most Approved has Wilderness in the line-up to ensure there’s a decent gallop on from the start and providing the ground stays the same as advertised, another solid is expected from him back at his happy hunting ground.
FIRSTMAN (best price 3/1) only narrowly failed to resume winnings ways at Down Royal on Monday, but with connections keen to utilise the current wellbeing and fitness levels of Tony Martin’s gelding, his industry can be regally rewarded.
A game winner at Roscommon three starts ago, the five-year-old ran with great credit when bidding to follow up at Down Royal a month later and it was a similar story back at the Co Down track on his most recent encounter. A bit short of room at a crucial stage three days ago, the son of Zoffany ended up challenging on the slowest part of the track up the inside in the closing stages and given how strongly he hit the line, it’s safe to say he would have won with a clearer passage. Although he has won over 1m2f before, a return to a trip more in-keeping with his current profile should be more suitable and with conditions underfoot also likely to suit better, it’s hard to see him not being involved.
BRUNEL CHARM (best price 10/1) has a pretty amazing recent record on an all-weather surface and with quite a few of those performances coming over tonight’s track, Richard Hughes gelding is fancied to extend his form figures since last August of 43223222124 even further.
Caught on heels as the stalls opened on his latest assignment at Lingfield, the son of Charm Spirit did remarkably well to finish fourth in the circumstances and when you consider the level of opposition he was taking on that day, his performance deserves even more praise. Based on his overall record, he appears to be more at home in Class 4 company, as he is tonight, and providing he comes out of the gates on level terms, the five-year-old is likely to have some sort of say in the final outcome.