Alan Dudman takes over from fellow Alan (Thompson) for his seven days, and on the eve of Cheltenham, he is hoping to boost the punting bank with a pair of winners for Friday at decent prices....
"Trainer form is a big part of a bet for me, so it could be worth following James Tate's runners. At the time of writing he had sent out eight horses with five winners, a second and a third."
Swift can make it a job Dunn for trainer at Sandown
16:10 Sandown - Back Swift Crusador
Finally we have some rain. In these strange times it's now spring ground in the winter and winter ground in spring. The forecast is for more rain on Friday at the Esher venue, and the more the better for the selection Swift Crusador.
He won over course and distance when making his debut for trainer Alex Dunn two starts back, and she described her chaser as a "proper horse" having inherited him from Evan Williams.
A poor run last time at Newbury can be attributed to the ground as this 8yo really wants a bit of mud. He certainly seems to travel well in soft and heavy conditions.
Rated 125, he has plenty of form in this grade and he can bounce back off top weight if the heavens open. He was trading at 9.4017/2 last night on the Exchange.
Platinum to strike gold for in-form Tate
17:55 Newcastle - Back Platinum Coast
Trainer form is a big part of a bet for me, so it could be worth following James Tate's runners. At the time of writing he had sent out eight horses with five winners, a second and a third.
I am hoping he can continue the hot streak with Platinum Coast. I'm not sure I'll make a headline writer, though, as any metal in the name of the horse always leads me to the tried and trusted "Strike Gold" intro. It might be worth playing the Place market with silver in mind.
She goes handicapping from a very low mark of 45, but this race doesn't exactly hold a field chock-full of in-form horses. Klopp is clearly the one to beat, but there should be plenty of improvement to come from the selection.
The 3yo got outpaced at Chelmsford last time, but that wasn't really a huge excuse as she was well beaten. Maybe this course will suit her better and she's certainly bred for the all-weather with an all-out American dirt pedigree. She cost a few quid too at 215,000 as a yearling, but she's in good hands, and Tate struck with a handicap debutante recently.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: 0.00
Previous week: -3.45
2019 P&L: +1.05 (excluding today's selections)
2018 P&L: + 44.91
Back Swift Crusador 0.5pt @ BSP in the 16:10 at Sandown
Back Platinum Coast 0.5pt @ BSP in the 17:55 at Newcastle