Andy Holding has some strong fancies today, including a two-point nap this evening.
Chessman is bound to be all the rage here following his highly impressive victory on debut at Kempton (quickened really well last three furlongs) and representing a stable on fire this week, but at the same time, there are valid grounds to suggest JULE IN THE CROWN (best price 10-1) looks way overpriced given her promising seasonal reappearance and she rates the value each-way alternative. Highly-regarded by connections as a two-year-old, Mick Channon’s filly never quite hit the heights that her reputation suggested she might, but she still ran to affair level on occasions including a creditable fourth behind Global Applause in the National Stakes at Sandown in the early part of the campaign. Not seen out since well beaten in the Queen Mary, the daughter of Harbour Watch looked a totally different model to the one we saw last season at Pontefract 10 days ago - having grown and strengthened up really nicely – and if she’d received a better rub of the green in running, she may have gone a good deal closer to beating the highly-regarded Brian The Snail in her first outing in handicap company. Not only that, she posted a very smart speed figure in chasing home the Godolphin colt and she also proved that she stayed the trip really well, so there was plenty of encouragement to glean from the performance. Even more interestingly, is that connections have decided to come here rather than try and secure some all-important black type in the Fred Darling on Saturday for which she was a five-day entry, so it makes perfect sense to take the hint and play her accordingly from her potentially favourable draw (middle to low numbers often seen top advantage on the straight track).100% Bonus Up to £200
REPARE MON (best price 11-2) is on a real upward curve at present and she’s fancied to complete a quick hat trick despite the handicapper trying his best to intervene. A big eye-catcher over 1m 2f three starts ago, Thomas Mullins’ filly has really flourished since being stepped up in trip and following her astonishing last-to-first success over tonight’s C&D at the backend of last month, she scored an even more impressive victory when stepped up to 2m for the first time 14 days ago. Although beaten by Six Silver Lane when they clashed earlier in March and being slightly worse off at the weights, the extra trip tonight should help her turn the tables on her old rival and she’s a tidy price considering all the positives in her favour.
SUNNYTAHLIATEIGAN (NAP) (best price 5-2) always looked the type to go well once handicapped and that viewpoint was borne out when Ian Williams’ inmate made a successful debut in his new discipline off a mark of just 102. Staying on very strongly in the latter stages to wear down the positively-ridden Prouts Pub, the son of Robin Des Pres posted the kind of numbers to suggest he’s a good bit better than his current rating and given that he escapes a penalty for winning a conditional jockey’s race, it’s a case of double bubble regarding his chances of following up.
SHOW AND GO (best price 10-1) has developed into a seriously consistent performer in the last six months and he looks booked for another positive display with conditions to suit. A winner of a beginners’ chase back in September, Henry De Bromhead’s inmate followed that up with another success at Punchestown, this time in a handicap, and although he was beaten when trying to defy his new mark at Navan, the combination of a 63-day break and very heavy ground just caught him out in the latter stages. Catching the eye with the way he finished off his race the other night when tried back over hurdles at Tramore on his latest outing, that effort should put the Stowaway gelding spot on for tonight’s encounter, and having proven that he handles a tight right-handed track many times over, odds of 10-1 make plenty of each-way appeal.