Bets Of The Day: Hey you, join the Rock Steady crew for Saturday

Alan is hoping Rock Steady will show the quickest turn of foot at Lingfield
Alan is hoping Rock Steady will show the quickest turn of foot at Lingfield

A blank day for Alan Dudman yesterday, and with two fixtures facing morning inspections, our man looks ahead to the all-weather action at Lingfield with two bets...

"I think he could be best at 1m2f, and as a compact sort of horse, he should enjoy his first try scuttling around Lingfield. He has improved 20lb since the summer, and with only six starts on the all-weather, there might be a bit more to come."

Back Rock Steady 1pt @ 4.03/1 in the 14:35 at Lingfield

12:50 Lingfield - Have a field day with Julia's Example


With the way the weather is shaping up, I am playing safe and sticking with the artificial stuff.

Most of the runners in this 1m handicap aren't especially well handicapped, although I've got a soft spot for Franco's Secret - but he's running from a mark of 81 and that could just stretch him.

There's one in here that could go well at a decent price, and that's Best Example for trainer Julia Fielden.

He ran in a fairly good race behind the in-form Van Huysen over 1m2f recently, and that was his best start for the yard (in three attempts) since joining from Godolphin. He had a few unlucky runs too for Saeed bin Suroor.

The 5yo was runner-up this time last year in a stronger race at Wolverhampton from a mark of 85, and from a 7lb lower rating, he gets the nod in a wide open race.

14:35 Lingfield - Rock Steady can be a big hit at leafy


A few in this decent 1m4f handicap have form over further, and Lingfield is a track where they can sprint late on in tactical races, and for that reason I am sticking with Roger Charlton's Rock Steady.

He has been described as a "tough little cookie with a turn of foot" by the trainer's son Harry, and despite his love of finishing second, he's got very strong claims here at around 4.03/1.

Rock Steady ran behind Watersmeet in a race over 1m6f last time, so I'm happy with him coming back down in trip. In fact, he displayed a nice turn of foot in a race that developed into a sprint when scoring recently at Wolverhampton over today's distance.

I think he could be best at 1m2f, and as a compact sort of horse, he should enjoy his first try scuttling around Lingfield. He has improved 20lb since the summer, and with only six starts on the all-weather, there might be a bit more to come.


Saturday's Recommended Bets

Back Best Example 1pt @ 12.50 in the 12:50 at Lingfield
Back Rock Steady 1pt @ 4.03/1 in the 14:35 at Lingfield


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