Alan Dudman is off to Wolverhampton for his two bets on Monday, and he is backing one trainer to have a good night...
"Anthony Brittain's horse travelled ever so easily to win a 0-70 at Newcastle in November from 56, so it's been a touch surprising he hasn't won again."
Warm on the chances of Thawry at Wolves
19:10 Wolverhampton - Back Thawry @ 7.06/1
With Catterick off and an inspection for Plumpton, it's a similar sort of scenario for the two bets today, although the cupboard was totally bare yesterday with no action at all.
Wolverhampton will save the day.
Ergo, our first bet goes for trainer Anthony Brittain, in the shape of Thawry. He's an infrequent winner with a poor wins-to-runs ratio, but he in possession of enough positives to back at around 7.06/1.
Last time the selection caught some trouble over course and distance when finishing third. He also met traffic problems in a 1m4f race at Newcastle three starts back - and he travelled quite well on that occasion.
He has track form, a mark he can win from and a slight drop in grade from 0-60 to 0-55, so there are no excuses. In fact, his mark is very attractive as he raced from 71 last winter. He's now down to 57.
Brittain is also in good form and his horses are running well. He fired in a double last week at Newcastle.
Can Brittain double up in finale?
20:10 Wolverhampton - Back Qaaraat @ 6.05/1
Same trainer, similar price and similar profile. Our second bet of the evening is Qaaraat, and he's appeared in these pages before.
He's a fairly solid horse around here in the grade, and whilst he has placed a few times, he does have a bit more ability than he sometimes shows.
Anthony Brittain's horse travelled ever so easily to win a 0-70 at Newcastle in November from 56, so it's been a touch surprising he hasn't won again. There was an unlucky effort at Wolverhampton soon after, and he didn't run too badly at Southwell. But that's not really his surface, as he's far better on the Tapeta.
Last time he stayed on well enough from off the pace in a competitive sprint for the grade over course and distance, and with one or two breaks from his draw in five, he looks worth a punt in this.
Alan Dudman's P&L
2020 Overall: +6.03
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Thawry @ 7.06/1 in the 19:10 at Wolverhampton
Back Qaaraat @ 6.05/1 in the 20:10 at Wolverhampton