Andy Holding is back with three tips from today's action, including an NAP at Wolverhampton.
I’LL BE THAT LADY (best price 9/2) shaped with a degree of promise on her first start for 56 days at Wexford last time out and, with the race from the Newton Road venue already producing two subsequent winners (runner-up and the fifth), there’s decent chance Brian McMahon’s mare will do her own bit for the form back at the scene of her only career win.
Holding every chance on the run down to the last 59 days ago, the daughter of Mahler just run out of puff on the run to the line, but considering she was fully entitled to need the run, her performance in defeat has to go down as a fairly solid one. Really good both visually and on the clock when trouncing a competitive field on her only visit to today’s track back in May, the only slight question she has to answer is her ability to be as effective over 2m4f.
SHOWMAN (NAP) (best price 13/8) took a big leap forward on account of the trip and surface at Kempton last time out and on the evidence of that improved performance, his time to come of age appears imminent.
Heading in the right direction based on his two previous efforts, Hughie Morrison’s gelding was made favourite to get off the mark at the seventh time of asking at the Sunbury venue and if it wasn’t for the battling qualities of the more experienced Culture in the closing stages, he would have come away justifying the gamble with something to spare. However, the fact that he gave the field a big head start and managed to pull well clear of all the others bar the winner with a powerful late surge suggests he’s three-year-old going places and with tonight’s track often lending itself to horses who like to come off the pace, it would be slightly disappointing if the son of Kingman failed to miss the target at this level.
Running at the Dunstall Park venue for the 19th time six days ago, the son of Epaulette ran pretty well considering he was a 22-1 poke, and with the time figure going a long way to back up that view, it’s clear he’s still capable of putting in a decent shift despite being a veteran of 83 races. At his best when facing a strongly-run seven furlongs on the Tapeta surface, the seven-year-old is fancied to hit the frame at the very least.