Alan Dudman returns and takes over for the next seven days. He is looking for a good start to the week with two win selections at Goodwood and Salisbury for Friday...
"Murphy is likely to dictate again in a small field and he can take the rise in class."
Hannon can land Goodwood prize with Embour
18:35 Goodwood - Back Embour @ BSP
Trainer Richard Hannon enjoyed a decent payday with Mums Tipple following her victory in the Sales' race at York yesterday. We won't be seeing that sort of winning margin here, but I'd take a nose in front rather than another second. Yes, the seconditis struck again on the final day of tipping in my previous stint.
This is a good race, and one Embour is well up to winning - and he'll need a personal best from a mark of 95.
He showed last time in the Stewards' Cup at the track that he remains in good form. He wasn't beaten too far, but in truth, wasn't really in a position to ever challenge. He started nearest to the stands' side, and ended up drifting to the centre. Neither were great places, but to his credit he ran on well. At one stage he was going nowhere.
Back into a smaller field this evening could be a plus. He likes to race handy with a bit of speed to aim at - and has already won three times this season from marks of 87, 89 and 92.
Ground-wise he has been racing mostly on a decent surface, but he also has winning form on good to soft - so he seems fairly adaptable. He should go well.
Berlin ready to take the breath away from the front
18:50 Salisbury - Back Berlin Tango @ BSP
The feature race of the evening at Salisbury is the Listed Stonehenge Stakes, and I was so impressed with Andrew Balding's Berlin Tango last time, that I am sticking with him to win again.
The juvenile's victory came at Ffos Las over a slightly shorter trip than he'll face tonight, but he made the running there and used his big stride to stretch them out. He scored by nearly five lengths going away with the jockey that day (Oisin Murphy) never going for his stick. It was all hands and heels and he really picked up well in the closing stages.
He will have no trouble with the stiff track and new distance.
Murphy is likely to dictate again in a small field and he can take the rise in class.
Alan Dudman's P&L
2019 Overall: +3.50
This week so far....
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Embour @ BSP in the 18:35 at Goodwood
Back Berlin Tango @ BSP in the 18:50 at Salisbury