Andy Holding’s Friday Racing Tips

Yesterday winners were bagged by our racing expert in 7/4 and 6/1, 11/4!
15:00 Newmarket

Daaheyeh sets an extremely large standard and will clearly take lots of stopping if she runs to the exact same level that allowed to complete a creditable runner-up in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh last time outside, but at same time, FESTIVAL DAY (NAP) (best price 5-1) has proven she’s no slouch predicated on her period figures and she rates the value each-way option at the prices.

Well-touted before making her debut at Goodwood and backed, Mark Johnston’s filly needed to be marked down as an unlucky loser at the Sussex monitor as she neglected to get a run until late on in the piece. Heavily-supported to back up the impression she made on her opening gambit, the daughter of Dubawi duly obliged with the minimum of fuss at Chepstow two weeks later and while it may have seemed a fairly routine performance in game management, the numbers she knocked out that day indicate otherwise. Bouncing out to make all the running Festival Day got into a rhythm and then from halfway as she kicked at the turbo, she dipped her shoulder and lent into the bridle. Running the last three furlongs in 34.1, her backend sectionals matched her fantastic overall speed figure — which by some way the best on the card and on the proof of the display, it’s no surprise to see connections instantly pitch her into the company more in-keeping with her skill. In addition, the fact she has handled two undulating tracks should stand her in good stead for rushing down into the dip here this day and if by some chance the favourite does not mange to do up to her finest, this thrilling juvenile in her own right has all of the ideal credentials to take advantage.

19:45 Dundalk

The best race on the card in terms of competitiveness and at a competition that will likely boil down to how the race is conducted and monitor position, DALILEO (best cost 10-1) is fancied to make his presence felt.

A performer when in Mark Johnston in the UK’s maintenance, the son of Galileo formed with plenty of promise on his first start for new connections when runner-up to Markham over the course of today back in March. Off the track for 190-days, Johnny Murtagh’s gelding having looked just like the winner two furlongs out and returned to act at the Listowel festival in a handicap, lack of a run took its own toll on the testing conditions in the final stages. But with the time figure of this race it’s clear he hurried into a very large standard under the situation and returning into a surface which has treated him well in the past, the four-year-old rates an intriguing contender falling back to a trip that could well suit.