Horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's racing
There are plenty of well-regarded and lightly-raced fillies set to go to post for this competitive renewal of the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes, but it may well turn out that one of the most experienced members of the party, MEALA (best price 11-2), ends up taking centre stage.
Seemingly progressing with each run, Jim Bolger’s filly finally gained her due rewards for three previous placed efforts with a resounding success at Galway last week and on the evidence of that display, she looks ready for a little more taxing. Appreciating the strong pace at Ballybrit, the daughter of Epaulette was noted travelling well just in behind the pace setters coming down the hill and then once she met the rising ground, she quickened up smartly to pull clear of her rivals inside the final two furlongs. Recording an 11 length victory, she posted the fastest final two furlong split on the entire card and with those more patient tactics seemingly suiting her better than several being gunned from the front as in previous outings, one would hope she gets given a similar ride around the inside from stall one. A middle-distance filly for next season, the imposing juvenile should give another solid account.
TAI SING YEH (best price 5-1) has just got into a nasty habit of late of missing the kick slightly, but providing he can trap a little better and hold a reasonable early position here this afternoon, he’ll have a decent chance of bettering his final end product from his last visit to the Dublin venue.
Dropped out by design here due to his coffin box outside draw 14 days ago, Johnny Levins’ gelding found himself still in last place as the field turned for home, but despite what appeared a forlorn task at that juncture, he made a rapid late gains down the outside of the field to finish a never-nearer fourth. Based on the evidence of that display, the son of Exceed And Excel is clearly in terrific heart and most certainly has the ability to beat today’s field if things go his way.
NICKAJACK CAVE (NAP) (best price 9-4) hasn’t been seen out since creating a favourable impression with his victory over today’s course win 53 days ago, but hopefully he’ll go on to prove that the long wait in between is very much worthwhile one.
Looking in need of the outing under both unsuitable ground and trip at Naas on his seasonal reappearance, Ger Lyons’ was rather overlooked when he shipped up at the Dublin venue three months later and as it turned out, his odds of 12-1 clearly underestimate his prospects. Dropped towards the rear in what turned out to be a proper test over the 1m6f trip, the son of Kendergent quickened past his six rivals in a big sweeping move coming off the home bend and then he had enough tenacity to fend off the rallying Twilight Payment in the run to the line. As time has progressed, his performance in defeating Joseph O’Brien’s hitherto unbeaten stayer looks even better now than it did at the time and even though he has to prove himself over two furlongs shorter on his return visit, the evidence of the clock from here back in June strongly suggests he has most bases covered.
Really Super ran out a worthy winner of the Summer Plate at Market Rasen last time out and she looks sure to go well again if in the same mood, but whether she would have beaten FIDUX (best price 4-1) had things panned out differently for Alan King’s gelding is open to question and he is taken to gain his revenge in this smaller field.
Held up towards the rear, at one point the son of Fine Grain was the thick end of 20 lengths behind the eventual winner, but in a big move going down the back straight he eroded the deficit to a manageable distance to give himself some sort of chance turning for home. Unfortunately, the effort to close the gap took its toll late on him as Amy Murphy’s mare took advantage of her superior track position, but as there are only seven runners in today’s line-up, it’s hard to believe Fidux won’t have his old rival firmly within his sights and that likely scenario should mean the pair will be more closely matched. Moreover, the seven-year-old has the vital experience of already tasting success over today’s course courtesy of his novice chase win here last season and with ground also in his favour, this lightly-raced and unexposed chaser can regain the winning thread.