No joy for Alan yesterday at Newcastle, but he is hoping for better with two double-figure priced selections for Kempton's card on Saturday...
"That was his first start since being gelded, and first outing since August, so he might have needed that to blow away a few cobwebs."
It's Varian and Atzeni again with Listed pick
15:45 Kempton - Back Shenanigans @ 12.50
Well yesterday was frustrating. Two selections that both stay well at a stiff track, who were both involved in steadily-run races that suited neither. I think those mentioned (Bayroot and Buzz) will be winning races this term.
On to Saturday we go, and Kempton is the destination.
The Listed Snowdrop Fillies race comes under the microscope here, and before I get to the selection, there are a couple of big-priced flyers that are completely unexposed with Astonished and Daddy's Daughter.
They don't make the bet list, though, as I am sticking with the established mare Shenanigans - who finished second in this race last year. She looked overpriced at nearly 13.012/1 last night.
She was drawn in 4 in 2018, and it's far from ideal that she's housed in 11 for Saturday, but the double figure price compensates for that.
Her form last term was solid with good runs at Listed level and a decent effort in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom. She seemed to travel well in that race.
Her final run of last season saw her stretch out to 1m2f - and she seemed to get the trip well. Coming back down to 1m for Saturday with the track riding on the slow side are plus points, and her trainer Roger Varian has his horses well-forward, as highlighted yesterday.
Hannon sprinter worth a look at massive price
16:15 Kempton - Back Embour @ 20.019/1
Kempton gets the nod for the second bet of the day, and a horse who could be set for a good season runs here at big odds in the shape of Richard Hannon's Embour.
He was progressive last season and won a 0-105 at Newmarket in fine style - and that traditionally has thrown up some good performers. He also made all to win in a decent time over 6f at Salisbury, although I suspect he might be even better with a strong pace to aim at.
There are no worries with the draw here in 1 and he should be fit following his comeback run earlier this month at Windsor. That was his first start since being gelded, and first outing since August, so he might have needed that to blow away a few cobwebs.
He's a good-looker and a fascinating conrtender who was priced at 16/1 on the Sportsbook last night. He has to improve given his rating, but there's a chance he can do judged on last term's efforts.
Alan Dudman's P&L
This week so far: -1.00
Previous week: +2.16
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Shenanigans Win and Place @ BSP in the 15:45 at Kempton
Back Embour Win and Place @ BSP in the 16:15 at Kempton