Andy Holding’s Saturday Racing Tips

The first issue to point out here is that this assembly is going to be the first one where there’s a large field about the recently-redeveloped straight track, so consequently the draw is going to be of some significance. Regards this particular race, the two-year-old contest half-an-hour previously should give punters some kind of guide as to where the very best ground is indeed it may be well worth hanging on until as late as possible before becoming heavily involved.
FACE OFF (best cost 9-1) arrives in adequate shape following a good performance at a hot handicap in the Curragh last time outside and supplying his draw booth one on the other hand does not prove to be her undoing, she’s sufficient quality to make her presence felt. Having felt in impressive fashion the time ahead at Navan, Charles O’Brien’s filly has been well-backed to followup despite being off the track for 62 times and even though she just came up a tad short in her bid for glory, she wasn’t disgraced in completing a close-up third supporting the in-from Master Matt (runner-up in the Curragh last night). Coming through strongly at the conclusion, the four-year-old gray shaped like an extra furlong wouldn’t go amiss and she remains one to keep on side while in her present frame of mind.
The current rain might have just gone against a season’s winner Gunmetal therefore it can pay to appear elsewhere to get a fresh name to the winners’ trophy. Dakota Gold, runner-up twelve months past, won’t mind the ground and in addition, he arrives here in better shape than his previous rival thanks to his gutsy success from the front in York last time out, so for all those reasons, Michael Dods’ five-year-old needs to be shortlist material.
Another for whom it is impossible to not include calculations is SUMMERGHAND (best cost 10-1) and he rates as a fairly solid-looking each-way proposition. A creditable fifth in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot, David O’Meara’s inmate surpassed that feat marginally from the Stewards Cup last time out and a repeat of either performance will certainly be good enough to find him in the combination. Additionally, he has lots of shape on soft ground and he’s also proven over the C&D, therefore it is difficult to ignore his apparent claims.
If there was anything as the prize for the unluckiest loser at this year’s Galway Festival, BECKWITH PLACE (NAP) (best price 15-8) could have won it hands down and he is strongly fancied to gain deserved compensation.
A huge eye-catcher the time before at Bellewstown once he had been screaming for space in a critical point, a similar fate awaited Tracey Collins’ gelding in Ballybrit, but with much more severe effects for punters. A heavily-backed favorite on the last race to the card on day two (4-1 to 2-1), that the son of Mastercraftsman forfeited his decent low draw with a tardy start and from that point onwards he was always playing catch up. He did, however, end his race off with such gusto that just a whole madman would have argued he was not the best horse in the race with a mile, also together with the winner, Make A Challenge going on to score double afterwards, the shape couldn’t be any more powerful. Regardless of being deservedly 5lb higher, we know he arrives in tremendous form and with conditions to suit, so that there can not be overly many explanations if he neglects to deliver with a clear run.
CONTRAPPOSTO (best price 5-1) has been frustrate the life from his supporters, however to be honest to the five-year-old, he has been in fairly choppy waters of overdue and that he would just turn out to become better off, such as he is now, as a big fish in a little pond.
Apart from when being requested to race over a mile, the son of Cacique has conducted fairly well when he’s struck a more realistic evaluation and his latest attempt when fourth at Gowran only further promoted his propensity to hold his own against some useful middle-distance handicappers. The likes of Perfect Tapatino, Trossachs, along with De Name Escapes Me are capable of blending it in large premier handicaps and when it wasn’t for meeting severe interference inside the final two furlongs, then Ann O’Shea’s gelding might have taken the scalps of that illustrious trio. Although his regular pilot isn’t the epitome of grace in the saddle, at least he understands his bracket well and with gentle ground very much in favour of the five-year-old, the very best weight can create his class tell at the weakest race he has encountered for a while.
Supporters of MOLLY KAYE (best price 9-2) had to wait for a long time for her to eventually get her head in front, however such was the mode of the winning operation at Ballinrobe last time out, that it’s easy to watch her repeating the dose.
Unlucky to stumble across the likes of Linger (acquired twice at Galway) and Galeola (won two since) previously, the daughter of Multiplex was eventually found a race in which there were not any superstars lurking in the midst, and that she took full advantage in no unclear terms. Constantly travelling well in the Co Mayo place, the six-year-old quickened up very well once the gap looked rounding the home turn in both pole and from the moment onwards, and the race proved to be constantly in safe-keeping. A well-balanced kind who clearly does not mind winging around tight, straight back bends, soft ground is definitely no problem either and it is difficult to see her not moving well with seemingly plenty in her favour. Obviously, first book Havingagoodtime would seem a handicap off a mark of 45 compared to his obstacle sort if he managed to find a run, but it’s well worth pointing out his coach, Henry De Bromhead has gone two weeks and 21 runners since a triumph. Food for thought.

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