Alan Dudman returns for his seven days of tipping. Victory for Franco's Secret last time made for a profitable week, and he hopes to continue with selections from Ayr and Chelmsford on Friday...
"It paid to be handy in that sprint, whereas Temple road stayed on well from an uncompromising position. The fact he went reasonably close from a mark of 72 suggests he can run to that sort of figure again."
17:25 Ayr - Teddy Tee can bounce back
The booking of top Irish amateur Derek O'Connor looks a major bonus for Teddy Tee - who runs in the 17:25 at Ayr.
This horse has plenty of ability - but hasn't always shown it. He's a huge, strapping son of Mountain High that really catches the eye - with the size of his neck alone. He's had one spin over fences, but trainer Nicky Richards runs him over hurdles again today.
Even though he failed to make an impact at Kelso recently, I'm happy to forgive that run. It was after all his first start for three months. and the gruelling test that afternoon in the Borders was too much for him - especially after a break.
However, he's much better than that. The official assessor has dropped him 3lb, and he moves back into an easier grade.
The plus points from his previous outings at Ayr include travelling really well in March 2015. The blot on his copybook however was a ragged display of hurdling in the very same race.
He has no problem handling heavy ground, in fact his trainer says he loves it, and should be able to trouble the favourite Wild West Wind, if the jumping holds up.
20:15 Chelmsford City - Bradley sprinter can strike in Essex
Trainer Milton Bradley sends Temple Road to Chelmsford on Friday night, and the eight-year-old can land a much-deserved success.
His recent efforts can be filed under the 'unlucky' section. That certainly was the case when finishing runner-up at Lingfield a fortnight ago. It paid to be handy in that sprint, whereas Temple Road stayed on well from an uncompromising position. The fact he went reasonably close from a mark of 72 suggests he can run to that sort of figure again.
The gelding is perfectly capable in this 0-75 grade, and certainly deserves a clear shot at a race. His breast girth snapped at Kempton last month (when also trapped out wide), and he was never able to land in a blow at Lingfield (also in February), when the pace was furious. He has also missed the break in the past.
Of course it can be folly with these unlucky horses, but this looks open. Temple Road is well drawn in four, and with three solid runs under his belt, can land a blow in this handicap.
Friday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Back Teddy Tee @ 3.505/2 in the 17:25 at Ayr
Back Temple Road @ 8.207/1 in the 20:15 at Chelmsford
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Alan Dudman's profit and loss
This Week: 0.00
Previous week: + 3.27
2016 P/L: +9.96
2015 P/L: +20.14