Alan starts the brand new week in Scotland with a pair of big priced selections at Musselburgh for Monday's action....
"She was on the wrong side as it turned out but wasn't beaten far, and that was a much better race in terms of opposition to what she'll be facing today. On that run, she is worth an interest."
Drop in trip to reap rewards for Newstead backers
14:20 Musselburgh - Back Newstead Abbey @ 14.50
We had a few winners at decent prices for the column earlier in the year with trainer Rebecca Bastiman, and I am hoping the yard can enjoy a bit of success in Scotland on Monday with Newstead Abbey.
The case is fairly straightforward for this horse. He runs from 62 today - which is a 3lb lower mark than his third over course and distance last month. That was also in a slightly stronger race - and he didn't have the run of things two furlongs from home.
Last time out he disappointed, but we can put that down to testing conditions over 1m. He drops back down in trip today, and Bastiman is looking to add to her tally of 26 winners for the year - which is a personal best.
Newstead Abbey seems to go well at Musselburgh too, as the sharp nature seems to suit.
All aboard the Starlight Express with Easterby
16:50 Musselburgh - Back Silver Starlight @ 10.09/1
The 16:50 Amateur Riders' Handicap is hardly a race to get you scrambling for the Sky Plus, but there's every chance we could see a bit of improvement from Tim Easterby's Silver Starlight.
In truth, she has struggled this season - mostly with her rating, as she was lumbered with 80 as a juvenile. That has dropped down 20lb and she races from a career low mark today. The grey ended 2017 running in the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy.
She has form at Thirsk and ran in a 0-85 there earlier in the year. She was on the wrong side as it turned out but wasn't beaten far, and that was a much better race in terms of opposition to what she'll be facing today. On that run, she is worth an interest.
Silver Starlight isn't ground dependant and drops back down to the minimum trip. If they go hard, it might just suit her.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -0.75
Previous week: +1.50
Back Newstead Abbey 0.5pt @ 14.50 in the 14:20 at Musselburgh
Back Silver Starlight 0.5pt @ 10.09/1 in the 16:50 at Musselburgh