Andy Holding’s Thursday Racing Tips
FLASHCARD (best price 4-1) was back to his best at Ascot last time out and with his confidence sky-high and retuning to the scene of his best two past performances, Andrew Balding’s gelding can take the development in class within his stride. 2-2 and impressive on both visits in the Wiltshire monitor as a two-year-old, the boy of Fast Company has fairly lost his strategy in the meantime, but again backwards with some simplicity underfoot and over a stiff galloping track every timehe showed everyone just what a fantastic horse he is when on-song. The way he flew and quickened at the Berkshire venue pointed to a horse in the rudest of health and also yesterday’s rain not place to inconvenience him whatsoever, the three-year-old chestnut could follow in the footsteps of Passing Glance, Side Glance and Tullius, who were all winners of this prestigious race because of his Kingsclere handler in the past.
Alhaazm has looked like two matters are fairly getting in his manner, so until he has the unkindest cut of all, he can be easily passed over in favour of THE CORPORAL (best cost 3-1).
Looking unsatisfactory since leaving Aidan O’Brien, not for the first time, one of Chris Wall’s inmates improved dramatically to get a run at the seaside venue and when he can continue along precisely the identical path on his return trip, then he may be capable of repeating the dose from time. Niggled together and appearing one paced two out, the son of Dansili eventually made a decision to engage top gear when it mattered all and in the long run he ended up dropping very snugly. Time-wise, the race comes out well on the figures, and together with all the runner-up, Rock The Cradle, going on to increase the form next time with a cosy triumph in Sandown, the three-year-old is capable of succeeding suit under comparable conditions to those that encountered 29 days past.
MERRICOURT (NAP) (best price 5-1) has to conquer a 134-day layoff, but providing he’s somewhere close to peak fitness there’s every chance he will go near in a race of this kind. Promising in three starts last season, Ger Lyon’s three-year-old blew any chance he might have had of breaking his duck with an extremely slow start in a hot handicap here back in April, however despite giving some adequate forms a healthy head start, he also left the kind of inroads towards the back part of this competition to indicate he would have been a enormous participant awarded a level playing field. Clearly better than the bare result suggests the boy of Mizzen Mast has ground conditions along with a decent draw in his favour on his own return into the Dublin venue and he speeds a reasonable each-way bet in the morning prices.
Canadian Steel arrives here in brilliant shape after a second easy triumph at Downpatrick on Sunday, but while his promises are blatantly apparent, WALKING ON GLASS (greatest cost 7-1) may turn out to be the fly in the ointment to the foot of their weights. Only showing modest ability over hurdles in 3 starts, the four-year-old grey was a totally different proposition of late about the Flat and his latest effort at Galway suggests the kind of improvement he’s made in such a brief period of time. Fourth in a hot handicap over 1m4f in Ballybrit two weeks back, that campaign was likely pound-for-pound his best ever show based on pure figures, but should you take into account his victory on the rapidly-improving Linger (now rated 120 over challenges ) at Navan before in the summer season, it adds up to a horse on top of his game currently. Clearly, it’s not in tablets of stone that the child of Big Bad Bob is going to translate that level of skill back to the winter game, but if he really does, he surely is going to be a dangerous floater away a marker of just 93 on his handicap debut.