Bets of the Day: Ben Haslam's charge was impressive last time out at Newcastle

Newcastle finish
Fortamour can improve again

Alan's best bet obliged at Musselburgh yesterday, to continue his winning streak and he has two more selections today from Newcastle and Ludlow...

"He travelled very well throughout the race and the 5lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop him going in again"

Back Fortamour at 7/4 in the 16:45 Newcastle

Fortamour can send punters home happy at Newcastle

16:45 Newcastle - Fortamour

I quite like the look of Ben Haslam's charge Fortamour in the lucky last at Newcastle. The four-year-old gelding took his record over course and distance to two wins from three starts after running out an easy two and quarter length winner in January under today's jockey Paul Mulrennan. He looked the winner from a long way out that day as he travelled very well throughout the race and the 5lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop him going in again. He is lightly raced so every chance their is more improvement to come and he obviously has no problem with the track.

The main danger appears to be the extremely expensive Galileo filly Inhale, having her first run for Michael Bell after previously winning two of her four starts for Amanda Perrett. This filly cost connections 115,000gns and for that reason alone she is an interesting runner. However, despite the hefty price tag I think she may well need this run though, she hasn't been on the track for 217 days, ironically that is exactly the same number of days she had off after winning for the first time at Kempton. She finished seventh that time, before returning to the track 27 days later to record her second career win. She is definitely one to watch, if not for today then she would be of interest on her next start.

Cap St Vincent was a brave winner last time

15:25 Ludlow - Cap St Vincent

There may only be six runners lining up for this Class 3 Chase at Ludlow, but it's a race I am really looking forward to seeing. The worthy favourite is the 140-rated Roll Again, and although he was well down the field last time out at Warwick that was in Grade 2 company and this is easier. Despite that though, prior to the Warwick race he fell at Kempton and you just wonder if that has knocked his confidence a little. Another fancied runner is Bobo Mac who chased home Roll Again back at this track in December. He now meets his rival on 7lb better terms, but he also struggled at Warwick last time out so he also has questions to answer.

The one I like is Cap St Vincent who ran out a game winner and showed a great attitude to battle all the way to the line and win by a head at Taunton last time out. The front two that day were well ahead of the rest and the 5lb rise that he received for that success is negated by his rider Charlie Price's claim. He likes it round here as he proved by running out an eight length winner here on his only other course run. The concern is Tim Vaughan hasn't been firing of late but I think the seven-year-old gelding could get him back in the winners enclosure again today.

2020 (prior to this week) : -5pts

This week so far...

Staked: 11 pts
Returned: 14.33 pts

2020 P&L -1.67pts
2019 P&L +0.31pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts

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