Andy Holding’s Thursday Racing Tips

FLASHCARD (best price 4-1) was back to his best in Ascot out time and with his assurance and retuning to the scene of his finest two previous performances, Andrew Balding’s gelding could choose the development in course in his stride. 2-2 and striking on both visits at the Wiltshire monitor as a two-year-old, the boy of Fast Company has fairly lost his way in the meantime, but again with some simplicity underfoot and over a stiff galloping monitor past time, he showed everyone just what a fantastic horse he’s when on-song. The way he flew and hastened in the Berkshire place pointed to a horse at the rudest of health and with 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, that were all winners of this prestigious race because of his Kingsclere handler in the past.
Alhaazm has appeared like two things are fairly getting in his way, so until he’s got the unkindest cut of all, he could be passed over in favour of THE CORPORAL (best cost 3-1).
Looking unsatisfactory since departing Aidan O’Brien, maybe not for the very first time, among Chris Wall’s offenders improved dramatically to get a jog at the seaside venue and when he can continue along the exact identical path on his return trip, then he may be capable of replicating the dose from time. Niggled along and searching one dressed out two, the son of Dansili eventually made a decision to engage high gear when it mattered most and in the endhe ended up winning very snugly. Time-wisethe race comes out nicely on the figures, and with all the runner-up, Rock The Cradle, moving on to boost the shape next time using a cozy triumph at Sandown, the three-year-old is capable of subsequent suit under similar conditions to those he struck 29 days ago.
MERRICOURT (NAP) (best price 5-1) has to conquer a 134-day layoff, but providing he is somewhere near peak fitness there is every opportunity he will go close in a race of this nature. Promising in three starts last year, Ger Lyon’s three-year-old withdrew any chance he may have had of breaking his duck with a very slow start in a hot handicap back in April, however despite providing some adequate types a healthy head start, he made the kind of inroads towards the backend of the competition to suggest he would have been a massive participant awarded a level playing field. Certainly much better than the bare outcome indicates, the son of Mizzen Mast has ground conditions along with a decent draw in his own favour on his own return into the Dublin venue and he rates a fair each-way bet in the morning rates.
Canadian Steel arrives here in terrific shape after another easy victory at Downpatrick on Sunday, but while his promises are blatantly obvious, WALKING ON GLASS (greatest cost 7-1) may prove to be the fly in the ointment towards the foot of the weights. Only showing modest ability over hurdles in 3 begins, the four-year-old gray was a completely different proposal of late about the Flat and his most recent attempt at Galway signifies the type of improvement he has made in this brief space of time. Fourth in a popular handicap over 1m4f at Ballybrit two weeks past, that effort was likely pound-for-pound his best ever exhibit based on pure figures, but if you take into account his victory on the rapidly-improving Linger (now rated 120 over hurdles) at Navan sooner in the summer, it all adds up to a horse on top of his game currently. Evidently, it is not in tablets of stone that the child of Big Bad Bob will translate that degree of ability back to the winter game, but if he does, he surely will be a dangerous floater off a mark of simply 93 on his handicap debut.

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