Bets Of The Day: Vivaccio can win for the first time in years
Sunday's action comes from Huntingdon and Market Rasen and Alan Dudman is in the chair again with one selection at each venue...
"With the headgear off following a woeful effort at Warwick, it really is a golden opportunity to score for the first time since 2014."
Budget horse can make a splash on handicap debut
15:15 Market Rasen - Back Ballon Onabudget @ [9.0]
The 15:15 is one of the more competitive races on the Sunday card and the handicap debutant Ballon Onabudget looks worth backing at [9.0].
The 6yo made his first start for new trainer Tom George 31 days' ago at Ludlow over the minimum trip and seemed to travel with plenty of ability. That race seemed fair for the track, as the winner looked more of a stayer and should pick up a few more races. Ballon Onabudget wasn't quite so nimble three from home and was hampered at the first, so I expect him to improve on that.
He previously landed a Tramore bumper on good ground, and that track is all about speed and agility. Nipping around Market Rasen should hold no fears.
From a mark of 122, hopefully he can run well against some in-form rivals. He's well-named too as he cost only 1,300 euro. A bargain.
Venetia's well treated veteran to cash in from career low
15:35 Huntingdon - Back Vivaccio @ [4.0]
Finding a second bet on the day was something of a tricky task. Some of the races make little appeal, but the 15:35 just about sneaks in. As does Vivaccio - who is very well handicapped at present.
This looks eminently winnable, and Vivaccio was in a much deeper race when seen in November behind Sternrubin. That was 0-135 class, this is some way lower down the scale at 0-110.
He is a 10yo, so there isn't much improvement left, but he's had one or two spells on the sidelines. He likes sharp tracks and runs from a decent mark, in fact a career low. With the headgear off following a woeful effort at Warwick, it really is a golden opportunity to score for the first time since 2014.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +1.70
Previous week: +5.00
2018 P&L: + 44.91
Back Ballon Onabudget 0.5pt @ [9.0] in the 15:15 at Market Rasen
Back Vivaccio 0.5pt @ [6.0] in the 15:35 at Huntingdon