Our other Alan (Dudman) stands in for Alan Thompson on Saturday, and he has a big price selection at Ascot alongside an evening runner at Wolverhampton...
"The colt switches to a handicap for the first time from 88, but we are nowhere near finding out the ceiling of his ability."
Rain to arrive in time for Raydiance at huge odds
15:35 Ascot - Back Raydiance @ [25.0]
The weather forecast looks fairly grim for Ascot on Saturday - but if the rain arrives, and plenty of it, it will be music to the ears of Raydiance supporters.
He's an interesting runner in the big 7f handicap here at a massive price, but I must stress, he needs to have his conditions. We need it soft here, the softer the better.
Raydiance has had a light campaign with just three runs, which I suspect is down to the baking hot summer. He was outclassed last time in a Group 3, and he reverts to a handicap from 102. It's a tough race granted, with some battled-hardened opponents, but his price compensates for that.
The selection has track form when landing a Listed race as a two-year-old, and that was on soft. His trainer Karl Burke mentioned last season that he wouldn't be afraid of taking in Group races if the conditions were wet. Hopefully, we'll have that rain come the afternoon.
His odds of [5.10] in the 5 Places market are worth considering too.
Progressive Burrows' colt the one to back
18:45 Wolverhampton - Back Tashaaboh @ [4.80]
This is a good handicap for the track with a pair of dangerous three-year-olds in the line-up. One is Godolphin's Major Partnership at 11/8, and the other is the Owen Burrows-trained Tashaaboh. He was priced up at 7/2 on the Sportsbook last night, and he is the pick.
The colt switches to a handicap for the first time from 88, but we are nowhere near finding out the ceiling of his ability. He looked a pretty smart horse in the making when last seen winning at Doncaster in June, and there should be a lot more to come.
He has made the running before, so he is ideally berthed in 4 for Saturday night. His trainer continues in good form too; with a winner and a second at Ascot on Friday to take his tally to eight victories from his last 21 runners at 38%.
Back Raydiance @ [25.0] in the 15:35 Ascot
Back Tashaaboh @ [4.80] in the 18:45 at Wolverhampton