Andy Holding is back with four tips for today's action.
TRAPISTA (best price 9/2) shaped pretty well on her seasonal bow in a hot novices’ chase at Chepstow recently and with today’s contest representing a big drop down in grade, Jonjo O’Neill’s mare is fancied to make her class tell.
It’s fair to say the daughter of Golden Horn has had a chequered career since winning a novice hurdle at Huntingdon a year ago, but there were definitely more positive signs at the Welsh venue. Having her first outing over fences, the five -year-old impressed with the way she jumped and travelled in what turned out to be a very strongly run affair and it was only in the closing stages when her steady progress from the rear of the field petered out. That said, she still ended up posting a pretty useful speed figure ad with the winner and fourth both going on to advertise the value of the form since, there’s a strong possibility she will do the same back over her optimum trip.
The general view is you have to be a pretty decent horse nowadays to win an Irish beginners’ chase and with GOLD CUP BAILLY (best price 3/1) fitting neatly into that category, Stuart Crawford’s gelding rates a strong candidate for top honours on handicap debut.
Having his first outing for 322 days at Wexford last month, the son of Turgeon jumped pretty well in the main and when asked to go and put the race to bed approaching two out, he stayed on strongly from that point to win with a bit up his sleeve. Good enough to finish a close-up second to the high class Ahoy Senor on his previous visit to today’s track, this former point winner is likely to prove a tougher opponent for Doctor Ken as the market might have you believe.
DINOO (best price 5/2) seems to have turned the corner since sporting cheekpieces and following another solid over today’s C&D last time out, he appears to have every chance of getting back on the winning trail.
A game winner of a competitive handicap at Wolverhampton previously, Roger Varian’s inmate was well-backed to follow up 12 days later, but on this occasion, things didn’t pan out according to the pre-race script. Drawn nicely in stall two, he somehow found himself on the outside of the pack coming down the side of the track, and having been forced to race widest of all entering the home straight, he simply had too much ground to make up in the final two furlongs.
To his great credit, he did manage to get himself a slice of the prize money, and given the way he hit the line, he also confirmed he stayed the trip well enough. Drawn out widest of all on his return to the Surrey venue, hopefully David Egan can work his mount into a decent early position and if so, the four-year-old has the qualities to make amends for his slightly unlucky effort 10 days ago.
SECOND COLLECTION (best price 9/1) isn’t the easiest to win with, but on the evidence of her last two starts, she might be capable of running a good deal better than her morning odds imply.
Dropped out by design from her high draw here two starts ago, the daughter of Delegator was forced to challenge widest of all rounding the home turn, yet despite those obstacles in her path, she ran on with plenty of purpose at the business end.
Taken to Chelmsford last time to contest a similar race, once again Tony Carroll’s mare was done little favours by the draw but as it turned out, it wasn’t the stall position that counted against her. Noted going extremely well as the field turned for home, she proceeded to run into a wall of horses dropped back in her lap and, as a result, she failed to be the threat she looked like being two out.
Clearly better than the bare results have indicated based on those two performances, she has finally been handed a decent draw to work with, so providing she can break cleanly and work herself into a prominent early position, there’s a good chance the daughter of Starspangledbanner with a say at the business end.