With Alan Thompson away for one day, Bets Of The Day turns to the other Alan (Dudman) to step up to the plate and reveal a pair of bets for Sunday's action at Market Rasen and Ripon.....
"Her main asset appeared to be pace last term. She bagged a couple of races at Windsor on debut, and won later on in the season at Salisbury. Her victories came on good to firm and soft, so she isn't ground dependant."
Charlie Mann's Gowanauthat was a revelation last term in winning five chases on the spin. His mark shot up from 97 to 122, and he is a most consistent character.
He goes well on decent ground (although does act in soft and heavy), and he is capable of chiselling out another win from his current rating of 130, as he likes these sharp summer tracks.
Last time out he met a rejuvenated Opening Batsman at Fontwell. There may have been only three in the field, but it was a good little race.
Gowanauthat has won over 2m5f and 2m7f, and for a front runner dropping back to 2m3f today, surely his jockey Harry Bannister will make this a proper test. In fact, he rode him at Newton Abbot last summer and did exactly that.
He is consistent and jumps well. He was unseated in the Topham last month but he was hampered prior. He rates a bet at 9/2.
Trainer Tom Tate has yet to fire this season, and he remains without a winner at the time of writing. However, a couple of his runners have fared reasonably well at big prices recently - with a fourth at York at 25/1, and a third at Doncaster at 16/1. Hopefully he can break his duck with success on Sunday with Groupie.
She lines up in a Fillies' Handicap, and Groupie will make her debut for Tate following a 35,000 guineas sale from Richard Hannon.
Her main asset appeared to be pace last term. She bagged a couple of races at Windsor on debut, and won later on in the season at Salisbury. Her victories came on good to firm and soft, so she isn't ground dependant.
Hannon described her as having a lot of speed on more than one occasion last term, so 6f around Ripon should be ideal.
Groupie has only raced in handicap company once before, but she has tried Group 3 level (although that was over 7f). Armed with a mark of 85, she appeals at a decent price at 14/1.
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