Andy Holding is back with three tips for today's action.
15:35 Down Royal
ARCHIES CHARM (best price 7/2), along with the entire field, proved no match for the resurgent Seddon at Leopardstown last time out, but with his best set of figures coming via his effort over today’s C&D back in November, a repeat of a similar level form should see him keep favourite Angels Dawn honest at the very least.
Consistent without setting the world alight since sent over fences, Brian Hamilton’s gelding didn’t do a great deal wrong at the Dublin venue 26 days ago, he just basically didn’t have the pace over 2m5f to cope with a horse who has seemingly grown another leg since joining new connections.
However, he should find returning to three miles here today a welcome relief and if you go back and look at the data of his last visit to the Co Down track, the numbers reveal he easily ran to a career high. Although beaten fair and square on the day by Final Orders, it was noticeable that both he and the winner ran a faster overall time than the likes of Envoi Allen, Kemboy and Conflated over the same C&D and with his conqueror going on to land a valuable handicap at Leopardstown since (now rated 140) the form looks pretty believable.
Normally a horse who enjoys a bit of peace and quiet up front, hopefully the son of Shantou gains the uncontested lead he desires and makes a bold fist of things from flag fall.
ABNAA (best price 4/1) clocked a particularly impressive set of figures for the grade when landing a competitive handicap over today’s C&D with ease last time out and even though Anthony Brittain’s gelding now faces a slightly tougher test stepping up to Class 5 company, confidence is high he can prove equal to the task.
“A change is as good as a rest”, so they say, and that seemed to be the case with the son of Dark Angel seven days ago by racing away from the likes of regular tracks Newcastle and Wolverhampton. Always travelling well in behind a strong pace, he readily found the necessary requirements to pull clear of his rivals late on and it came as no surprise to find his winning time figure a career high.
Obviously, he may need a similar set up to be seen to maximum effect but providing that turns out to be the case, the six-year-old should go close to repeating the dose.
EAGLE EYED FREDDIE (best price 4/1) faces an opponent in the shape of Run Teddy Run who is clearly arriving here on a bit of a roll, but Michael Appleby’s charge boasts solid recent form of his own and at the morning odds, he’s worth a small interest to see whether he can pull off the upset.
A perennial front running, the son of Gleneagles adopted his customary front running role at the Essex venue last time and it was only in the latter stages when he petrol gauge began to flash on empty. Clearly setting off too fast over 1m2f last night – as the time figure suggested – a drop back to mile her tonight should play more into his strengths and with his overall consistency levels pretty reliable combined with his track form, you’d fancy the five-year-old to make the podium at the very least.