Our resident tipster is eyeing up a tasty 22/1 treble at Ffos Las.
Charlie Hills continues in tremendous form and TAQNEYYA, his only runner at Ffos Las this evening, is fancied to keep the golden run going.
The daughter of Raven’s Pass faces just five rivals in the 1m handicap at the Welsh track (due off 7.00pm) and, while none can be ruled out with total confidence, she boasts the standout piece form, that being a defeat of Panoma and Jazzi Top (a Listed winner this term) at Newmarket last September.
Well beaten at the same track on her return to action (no apparent reason), she was much better when third in a fillies handicap there last time on unsuitably soft ground. With conditions more to her liking this afternoon and with the likelihood of better to come over this longer trip, she can make the most of the weight she receives from Man Of Harlech, who looks the main danger on last week’s Kempton second.
Andrew Balding, trainer of the latter horse, could have more luck with HIGH ADMIRAL in the 1m4f handicap run later in the card (8.00pm). The son of Derby winner New Approach is the least experienced of the seven runners after just two starts and is taking on older horses for the first time. He looks well up to the task, though, judging by his debut run at Kempton last December, when close behind the now leading St Leger fancy Mr Singh, and his last-time-out Newbury maiden success, when looking much more the polished article.
That race was over 1m2f and he therefore has his stamina to prove, but he was doing all his best work late on and ran like a colt who will get further. A 160,000gns half-brother to six runners, he has the potential to make up into a smart handicap performer, if not at Listed level, and it will be disappointing if he can’t win off his current mark of 85. Two Jabs, his main rival according to the betting, is respected on his latest third here but the five-year-old is relatively exposed after 15 starts and is giving the selection 6lb.
Sticking with Ffos Las it could be worth giving another chance to GIOIA DI VITA in the closing 1m4f handicap (8.30pm) after his expensive loss at Windsor last time when sent off an odds-on favourite. The five-year-old has improved no end for the move to Dr Richard Newland and has been making hay over hurdles this summer, winning twice and finishing fifth in a valuable handicap hurdle at Market Rasen off a mark of 126 when last seen out in that sphere.
He would have exploited what is a very generous flat mark of just 63 last time if he’d been more enterprisingly ridden by his amateur partner, going down by less than a length, and there should be no such excuses this time with the in-form William Twiston-Davies taking over in the saddle. He’s a good-ground horse and with the current “good to soft” likely to dry out a little before racing, conditions should be perfect for him.
The treble on the above three selections pays nearly 22/1 with bet365 at their current odds.