Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair today and is looking to get his week off to a winning start with two selections from Fakenham and Wolverhampton...
"He was rattling home at the finish last time out suggesting the extra distance will be right up his street"
Sir Prize will relish this step up in trip at Wolverhampton
I hope this race is worth waiting for as I fancy the chances of Sir Prize in the last race of the day at Wolverhampton. Dean Ivory's four-year-old gelding has scored three times over twelve furlongs at Kempton this year.
He was only beaten by the smallest of margins into second at that venue last time out, having been held up off the pace, he was rattling home at the finish under Rob Havlin. That effort suggests there should be plenty more to come and the extra distance today will be right up his street. With Sophie Ralston's claim offsetting the 2lb rise, I think he has every chance of taking this.
Selino for James Fanshaw is definitely the one to beat, he won last time out by the minimum margin, he gets a 6lb hike in the weights for that win but his three-year-old allowance puts him right back in the mix. Daniel Muscutt is his regular partner and is in the plate again tonight. This is his only ride of the meeting.
This is his sixth career start and he is yet to run a poor race, but I just think that there is more to come from Sir Prize and I think he will get the better of the favourite tonight.
Trapper Peak is improving with age and can land his fourth win this year
Trapper Peak recently moved from Steff Keniry's yard to Justin Landy and duly made all to land a handicap hurdle at Southwell on his stable debut earlier this month. He has gone up just 3lb for that success, which I don't think looks enough to stop him from going in again.
The 10-year-old has certainly been round the block a few times but he seems to have found a new lease of life recently, he completed a hat-trick of wins after returning from a 217 day break earlier this month. You would think he will strip fitter for that run and is at a track that he clearly enjoys, having won here before, I think he can land a four-timer off a mark of 109.
Late Night Lilly is an eight-year-old mare running for Dan Skelton and she is an obvious danger dropping into this class off a mark off 120. She is certainly a classy mare but she hasn't run for 136 days and hasn't won since December 2016 so I'm prepared to take her on today. A bigger danger could well be Olly Murphy's mare Smart Getaway, the lightly raced seven-year-old scored over course and distance in July under the steerage of Richard Johnson in a maiden. Aiden Coleman is in the plate today and she could be getting in here leniently off a mark of 110.
2019 (prior to this week) : +2.95pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2019 P&L +2.95pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts