Andy Holding’s Sunday Racing Tips
ENCORE LUI (NAP) (best cost 6-4) has been a shade unlucky to bulge into a well-treated mare in the form of Dolly’s Destination here last time out, but compensation certainly awaits Liz Doyle’s gelding in this much weaker-looking affair.
Having his first run the son of Al Namix was noticed moving well in supporting the pace and when hitting the front on the strategy to the last, it seemed for all the world he’d go on to land the trophy. Sad to say, the five-year-old grey couldn’t cope with the overdue charge of the eventual winner, but he’d keep on up the hill to complete in front of a highly-competitive area along with a repeat of the same amount of form ought to be enough to watch him put off the mark at the sixth time of asking.
There is little to different Molly Ollys Wishes and PRECIOUS ELEANOR (best cost 15-2) based on their current exploits over today’s C&D, but since the latter is available to play from an each-way perspective, Henry Daly’s filly profits the vote on value grounds.
Having shown just a modicum of assurance on her debut in bumper last season, it was simple to understand why the daughter of Maresca Sorrento was sent an unconsidered 33-1 chance here a month ago, but in running on strongly out of three out, she belied her beginning price and gave plenty of positively later on. Satisfied now’s monitor and by a evaluation, the lightly-raced four-year-old appears reserved for a podium finish at the very least.
As ever, a typically aggressive renewal of the sought-after prize and the two which make the most allure at the morning costs are DISCORAMA (best price 15-2) and TOWER BRIDGE (best cost 7-1).
The prior has a catchy job on his hands at trying to lump weight, however he attracts Grade 1 kind to the party and he has the class and endurance to figure. A gallant runner-up at the four-mile National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year, Paul Nolan’s inmate curved off his campaign by simply filling out the exact same place behind Delta Work at the Champion Novices’ Chase in the Punchestown Festival, once again putting in a good shift. Probably to be all the better for his first excursion of the season when discovering Wexford’s tight track an inadequate test, the child of Saddler Maker must go a ways to justify the choice by connections to stay on home soil instead of tackle the more valuable Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury in 2 weeks’ time.
That does not mean he’s a runner based on of his prior attempts, although the latter was also a runner-up at the Cheltenham Festival of last season, now over a mile-and-a-half shorter. Let’s not forget that Joseph O’Brien’s gelding has been a close-up third in the Grade 1 Aintree Novices’ Hurdle over three miles that the prior year, so he clearly has enough quality to raise his game to the highest heights. Bound to be all the sharper because of his pipe-opener in a red-hot beginners’ chase in Naas 15 days before, it might come as no surprise when the son of Top Chaparral were to break his eponymous label over fences onto his first dip in to handicap company.
SONG OF THE SKY (best price 9-4) occurs here in heart and is fancied to keep up the fantastic work despite switching back from fences to obstructions.
Picked up fairly cheaply by the Joseph O’Brien camp, the daughter of Rip Van Winkle has proven to be a fairly shrewd purchase for new relations and after three consecutive placed campaign, she eventually got her only rewards using a smooth triumph in Lingfield last time outside. Constantly travelling at the Surrey venue, Charlie Mann’s inmate displayed a turn of foot given the testing requirements that day which has been backed up from the amounts when analysing the post-race figures, she attained. Not very eloquent enough to cope with Sweet Adare across a track like Stratford time ahead, today’s route which puts emphasis on stamina will suit and the six-year-old rates a good bet to ship favorite backers home joyful.