Andy Holding is back with two tips from today's action.
LE TUEUR (best price 11/4) has struck a rich vein of form since returning from a mini-break and with one of his two successes coming via a 20-length romp over today’s C&D, Sarah Humphrey’s inmate is fancied to repeat the dose and complete his hat trick.
Despite plenty of placed efforts, the eight-year-old was still a maiden heading into a competitive little six-runner affair here in the early part of the month and even though he was badly hampered by a faller halfway down the far side on the final circuit, he still managed to stay on strongest of all late on to score by a wide margin.
Well-supported to follow up at Fakenham last time out, the son of Flemnesfirth needed a bit of stoking at certain stages of the 3m5f journey to make him concentrate but, despite his laziness, he still ran out an equally impressive winner to justify his position in the market.
Reunited with the same pilot who got a nice tune out of him at the Suffolk venue, the chestnut gelding will probably demand a similar ride in order to keep him in the hunt but, providing he’s within striking distance of the leaders in the final mile, there’s a decent chance he will stay on best of all and keep up his handler’s golden patch in the last few weeks.
HASHTAGMETOO (best price 11/2) ran as well as could be expected from his poor draw at Kempton last time out and now returning to a track where his C&D figures read 3441. Jamie Osbourne’s gelding can maintain those impressive stats and at the same time, reward each-way support.
A good winner at the Dunstall Park track when making all the running two starts ago, the son of Declaration Of War was sent to the Surrey venue in a bid to try and repeat the dose but unfortunately for him and his supporters, he used up quite a bit of petrol getting across from box 13 to get towards the head of the pack and in doing so, he didn’t quite have enough lead left in his pencil to fend off the deep-closers inside the final furlong once he eventually got to the front.
That said, he still ran well enough to beat one of tonight’s main rivals, Starfighter, despite being roughed up in the first mile of the race and just based on that effort alone, it’s easy to come to the conclusion he looks slightly overpriced now at a track that plays more into his strengths.