Alan had a winner at Wolverhampton last night and is looking for two more on at Lingfield on Tuesday...
"The mare could still be well treated and she is closely related to a pair of 100+ rated types"
There could be plenty more to come from Alan Bailey's charge
The hat-trick seeking and well bred Come On Bear for Alan Bailey is a late maturer who has really come into her own in recent weeks. She's won her last two starts under 5lb claimer George Rooke, scoring at both Wolverhampton and Chelmsford. The latter of which was a career high performance and she has only been raised 4lbs for that latest success. The mare could still be well treated and she is closely related to a pair of 100+ rated types, so she should be capable of even more than her current mark of 49.
One that arrives in good form, despite still being a maiden is Bold Decision. Tony Carroll's four-year-old missed the break last time out and as a result did well to finish fifth just two and half lengths behind the winner. The time before that, he posted a very good second at Wolverhampton, going down by just a neck in the end to the 61 rated Elusif in a race where the front two pulled well clear of the field.
I just think the 6lbs difference between Bold Decision and Come On Bear, the fact that the latter could improve again and is well drawn, is enough to swing it in favour of Bailey's mare.
There could be plenty more to come from Auchterarder
Mark Johnston's filly Auchterarder has already shown she is a worthy contender in this. The three-year-old filly was a winner on debut at Beverley over five furlongs and then returned from a 177-day break to finish a creditable second at Southwell in November, before bolting up at Wolverhampton by an easy four lengths.
She then ran a big race on her first start over six, finishing third to one now rated 97. She made all for both wins but was held up last time and therefore may not need to dominate as there are at least two others that will want to lead in this. She looks to be well treated on handicap debut from a mark of 87 and has to be the one to beat.
One of those that will want to lead is the Irish raider, Joseph O'Brien runner Dark Vader, with top jockey Oisin Murphy in the plate. The three-year-old grey colt has already won two of his three starts on the all weather, both wins coming at Dundalk, initially over seven and then dropped down to six to win a very short odds in a weak contest.
He likes to lead and looks sure to have a fight on his hands for the lead here with not only the Johnston horse but Heer We Go Again, so it will be interesting to see how he settles and could use up some precious energy early on.
2020 (prior to this week) : -5pts
This week so far...
Staked: 7 pts
Returned: 5.00 pts
2020 P&L -7.00pts
2019 P&L +0.31pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts