Alan Dudman returns following a profitable seven days from his last stint, and he starts his week with two bets for the day's action at Lingfield and Newcastle...
"He went off too hard last time in an apprentice race, so jockey Paul Mulrennan taking over with the experience is obviously a plus."
Back Gowanbuster @ BSP in the 19:45 at Newcastle
Tralee can be the toast of "Leafy" on Friday
16:15 Lingfield - Back Tralee Hills @ BSP
I first came across Tralee Hills winning over 1m4f at Bath back in October. He looked a really strong type and a nice big horse who stayed well - typical of his sire Mount Nelson, but he also had the pace to drop down to 1m2f at Doncaster soon after with another victory.
Peter Hedger's runner arrives into this race following a fair effort over course and distance behind an unexposed winner last time. He finished third, but he was trapped wide for a large chunk of the contest, and the lack of a true gallop didn't really suit him either.
Rated 75, he has dropped 4lbs from his high, and can still win from his current mark with the tongue strap added for the first time.
Buster can take the honours from the front in nightcap
19:45 Newcastle - Back Gowanbuster @ BSP
It's off to Newcastle for the final bet of the day and a chance to back a horse who has plenty of track form in Gowanbuster. I'll make no mention of one of the first CDs I bought many years ago; the soundtrack to 'Buster', so we can swiftly move on with the bet.
The angle I like here is the drop back down in trip from 6f to 5f as Gowanbuster is a front-runner who likes to get on with things. He has winning form at the course over 6f, but reverting to the minimum is worth a go, and it's likely he'll try and boss this as he does stay further.
It's a competitive race with a pair of last-time-out winners, but Susan Corbett's sprinter is from a fair mark of 66. He went off too hard last time in an apprentice race, so jockey Paul Mulrennan taking over with the experience is obviously a plus.