Alan Dudman fired in his third winner in three days with Tommy Silver yesterday, and he is hoping two more selections can deliver for Easter Monday's racing at Wolverhampton and Redcar.....
"He looked quite a good two-year-old in 2015, and even competed in Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy. He was rated 85 back as juvenile, so there could be a case he is fairly well treated on that."
13:30 Wolverhampton - Unexposed Rock ready to roll
This three-year-old handicap mixes together experienced horses against the up-and-comers. The likes of Dandy Flame and Full Intention have already laid down their markers with all-weather victories, whilst Queen In Waiting and Rock Of America are very lightly-raced.
I am going for the latter, as Rock Of America ran rather well on his handicap debut at Chelmsford recently. He broke sharply but then over-raced in a speed duel with fellow frontrunner Zipedeedoodah. They took each other on and set the race up for the closer - which was Captain Lars (and he stays further).
There was nothing wrong with the attitude of 'The Rock' that day, and I admired the way he still battled for one so inexperienced.
He won previously on his debut at Newcastle in a race where he looked very professional. He broke alertly, travelled nicely off the pace, and floated out wide to switch when asked by the jockey to go on and score. The front two were well clear.
There's a chance that 82 underestimates him.
16:45 Redcar - Toast to success with Fahey runner
Trainer Richard Fahey is a bit of a master at chiselling out victories in handicaps with consistent horses, and Gin In The Inn is one such runner for the Malton yard.
Conditions are no problem; the trip and the quick ground should be fine, as he had plenty of form in his younger days on a fast surface. He won at Pontefract last term (a track he seems to go well at) from a mark of 72, and he is only 2lb higher today.
He acquitted himself with credit in a few 0-85 races in 2016. He was unlucky with the draw in one contest at Pontefract, and he travelled fairly well in a race at Catterick too.
Gin In The Inn looked quite a good two-year-old in 2015, and even competed in Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy. He was rated 85 back as juvenile, so there could be a case he is fairly well treated on that.
With bets hard to come by today, he should also be considered in the Place Market, as I think he is a fairly honest horse in a winnable grade.
Monday's Recommended Bets
Back Rock Of America 0.5pt @ 3.90 in the 13:30 at Wolverhampton
Back Gin In The Inn 0.50pt @ 9.208/1 in the 16:45 at Redcar
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +5.85pts
Previous week: +1.24pts