Alan Dudman signs off for the week and is hoping to end on a high with two win selections - including one that is sure to stay well...
"Good ground suits, and I am hoping Buckley can get the horse home - he certainly looks as though he has the stamina for it."
Elkstone to travel well back at Rasen
14:35 Market Rasen - Back Elkstone @ [8.0]
In-running players will be all over Elkstone on Thursday. He's got five defeats odds-on in-play (including a 1.16), and he also has quite a few seconds next to his name. He is certainly one to consider as a back-to-lay.
However, I am playing for win purposes for this 3m chase and he surely has to go close with the way he travels.
He got a peach of a ride from James Bowen last time out at Kempton. He smoothly went through the race, but Bowen kidded and cajoled to win going away. He's still unexposed over
today's trip and maybe the hold-up tactics really play to his strengths.
He is a solid performer around Rasen with form figures of 6212242 and has fitness on his side. Ground isn't a problem and James' brother Sean takes over - and he's won on him before. In fact, he has described him as an incredible jumper.
Elkstone will certainly travel better than a 7/1 chance.
Stamina test to play to Calin's strengths
15:20 Sedgefield - Back Calin Du Brizais @ [7.0]
I like to back the Sue Smith runners at Sedgefield, but a couple from her yard are too short in the betting in their respective races, and I am not one for playing the very short prices when my own personal form has dipped.
A horse that does look a bet on the card however is Calin Du Brizais. He's been running over fences with credit and reverts to hurdling today over the extreme trip of 3m3f - and it's a distance that could really suit him.
He can make the running but the key with this jumper is that he can finish strongly, which is just what you need around Sedgefield.
The yard's amateur Kieran Buckley claims 7lb and knows the horse well and he's ridden a fair few winners in point to points. Indeed, he rode him at Warwick over 3m2f to finish second and the horse was outpaced on that occasion. Good ground suits, and I am hoping Buckley can get the horse home - he certainly looks as though he has the stamina for it.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -3.52
Previous week: +0.75
Back Elkstone 1pt @ [8.0] in the 14:35 at Market Rasen
Back Calin Du Brizais 1pt @ [7.0] in the 15:20 at Sedgefield