Alan Dudman has been on weather watch for Monday's racing, and is hoping for a better result with his two selections at Leicester - who both run in the apprentice handicaps to close the card...
"His record over course and distance reads 632, and his best turf runs have both come in softer ground. He's another one hoping for the rain to arrive by late afternoon."
17:00 Leicester - Fingers crossed the rain arrives for likeable Bob
Checking the various weather forecast sites would not be the most riveting of pastimes, but there could be good news for Champagne Bob come Monday - IF the predicted rain arrives at the Midlands track. He absolutely loves juice in the ground, and more wet weather could be on the way according to one meteorological outlet.
His two career victories to date have both come in the autumn, and both officially with soft in the description. He does act on a quick surface no problem - he showed that by running rather well at Newmarket in the televised grey horse handicap earlier in the summer - and on that outing alone he rates a massive player in this race, as this is far weaker.
Richard Price's four-year-old is very well-treated from a mark of 60, and that was my thinking when I flagged him up for that handicap at HQ. He was rated 75 in 2015, so there is no denying he is due a win.
Champagne Bob ran at Ffos Las recently, but he fluffed the start over five furlongs, and previously he didn't run too badly at Chelmsford in a reasonable handicap. His habit of breaking slowly and running on late is frustrating, but he steps back up in trip today which is good news, to give him a bit more time.
He has a lot of ticks in the boxes, plus the skills of talented apprentice Joshua Bryan. I still think he'll go okay even if the rain doesn't arrive, but if the heavens open, he should be shorter than 5.04/1.
And I didn't even mention the time he was third to Golden Horn as a juvenile.
A total of seven maidens on Monday afternoon means I am giving those races the swerve to go down the handicap route again - and the second division of the apprentice contest is the choice.
Leonard Thomas is the selection, and he hasn't won since bootcut jeans were in fashion (2013 on debut). The six-year-old has been kept fairly busy in his career and he hasn't really had too much of a break whilst mixing turf and all-weather races for some time. In fact he was 'on the go' for ages. He makes his reappearance today after 202 days rest.
His first run as a four-year-old came after a break of 11 months - and he performed well; so I don't have too many worries on that front, and I think the holiday might do him good.
His record over course and distance reads 632, and his best turf runs have both come in softer ground. He's another one hoping for the rain to arrive by late afternoon.
His trainer Tony Carroll has been in good nick during September. He landed a winner at Uttoxeter on Sunday, to make three victories and five seconds as a total for the month.
Leonard Thomas is off a winnable mark judged on his all-weather form, and he certainly stays further than seven furlongs. Adam McNamara rides and he is priced at 15/2 on the Sportsbook.
Monday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Back Champagne Bob @ 5.04/1 in the 17:00 at Leicester
Back Leonard Thomas @ 15/2 Sportsbook price in the 17:30 at Leicester
Weekly P/L: -2.83
Previous week: + 0.60