Alan Dudman returns for the next seven days and he starts with a pair of bets to consider at Ascot on Friday...
"The galloping nature of the finish should also suit him, and he looks a good prospect for the future."
Alamnia should excel with true test today
14:35 Ascot - Back Alamania @ [4.2]
Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore are the go-to men for my first bet of the day at Ascot - and Alamania runs in a decent-looking three-year-old handicap.
This son of Australia has been in some deep races this season - including the Dante back in May. He has acquitted himself well subsequently, but the win column is looking threadbare. He hasn't lived up to his price tag of 500,000 guineas either. Not just yet, anyway.
There's time given his sire!
Last time out he fared pretty well in the Melrose at York. That looked a hot edition and he wasn't best suited in terms of position on the track over the far side. He can be upgraded a little on that run as he came from too far back in the pack and that was his first attempt over 1m6f. That distance looked more suitable than the 1m2f he faced during the summer festival at Goodwood. The track didn't play to his strengths, neither did the emphasis on speed on the Sussex Downs.
He tries 1m6f again today, and with a good testing finish over this trip, it should see him in a better light as I think a lot of the Australia offspring stay well.
Stoute to fire in win number two for the day?
15:45 Ascot - Back Laafy @ [5.3]
Sticking with the Moore and Stoute theme again, I am hoping the duo can record a second success with Laafy - who is another unexposed stayer from the trainer's Newmarket base.
Laafy caught the eye earlier in the season at York - he ran well despite playing up beforehand.
The visor was summoned in August and worked a treat as the selection saw out the 1m6f in deep ground (officially heavy) to land the Colwick Cup at Nottingham. That was over 1m6f and he had two solid stayers in behind in second and third. He wasn't stopping at the end.
He was a little disappointing last time out at Haydock, but I am happy giving him another chance stepping up to 2m for the first time this afternoon. The galloping nature of the finish should also suit him, and he looks a good prospect for the future. For now, he can still win races from his current mark of 89.
He isn't ground dependant either with victories on good to firm and heavy.
Alan Dudman's P&L
2019 Overall: -0.06
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*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Alamania @ [4.2] in the 14:35 at Ascot
Back Laafy @ [5.3] in the 15:45 at Ascot