Andy Holding is back with two tips for today's action.
LIGHT EM UP NIGEL (best price 3/1) has rather frustratingly racked up a series of runner-up spots since switching his attentions to hurdles, but he does start handicap life off the sort of mark that should allow him every chance of breaking that unwanted maiden tag.
Beaten on merit by a useful type of Donald McCain’s on his seasonal bow at Sedgefield, the son of Leading Light was sent off a warm order to go one place better at Hereford last time out and despite running a career high based on the figures, he still couldn’t quite get the job done. Try as he might he just didn’t have the basic speed around a sharp track to live with a horse who had a rating of 94 on the Flat, but he did keep on well enough to suggest given a stiffer test, he might not have wait too much longer playing his role of bridesmaid.
Although he shapes like he may require further than the minimum trip at a later date, today’s test on genuine soft ground should prove a great leveller and a repeat of his second to subsequent winner Operation Manna under similar conditions at Exeter last season should see him bang on the premises at the business end.
TOTHENINES (best price 11/4) proved a step back up to seven furlongs was more to his liking at Southwell last time out and with the distinct likelihood he can build on that positive performance in the first-time cheekpieces, Karl Burke’s gelding can come home to good effect again and claim tonight’s prize.
As he did previously at Newcastle, the son of Dandy Man put himself on the back foot with a slightly tardy start, but his finishing effort was such that he was able to work himself into the placings after seemingly being in a hopeless position turning for home.
How he will break tonight in the new headgear is anyone’s guess, but at least he’s racing over a track that is more compatible for horses who like to come off the speed and providing he’s in touch with the main players coming out of the back straight, his work at the backend will hopefully prove the decisive factor.