Alan Dudman is searching for his first winner of the week, and he heads to Yarmouth on Sunday with high hopes for Tyrsal and Folkswood...
"He ran in a traditionally hot handicap when last seen at Ascot (finishing a length behind in third). The winner that day Mustashry; has subsequently finished second from 100 in a warm race at York, whilst the runner-up has since ran well in Listed and Group 3 company."
14:15 Yarmouth - Stay on the right lines with Clifford's Tyrsal
There's very little point in mentioning stable form for this selection, as Tyrsal's handler Cliff Lines appears to have only two horses in training - the other one being Cornelius.
The fact that Cornelius won earlier in the week at Leicester bodes well, and Lines could strike again on the North Denes for the 14:15 apprentice handicap.
The five-year-old gelding was successful in this contest last year - winning by three lengths from a mark of 57. He's racing from the same perch today, and is well-handicapped considering he struck three times in 2015 - including a pair of successes from 63.
I thought Tyrsal caught the eye at Newmarket earlier this season. That was a 0-80 race in June and he came from too far off the pace in a contest where it paid to be handy. He was held up again last time at Chelmsford - and not many win there trying to come from behind.
There's unlikely to be a strong pace here; as We'll Shake Hands is possibly the only one likely to press on, and has been doing so recently. Other rivals include Karam Albaari and The Ginger Berry - who both want further, whilst East Coast Lady can't beat her own shadow at the moment.
Tyrsal's effort at HQ was from a mark of 66 in a much better race, so he's down in grade and rating, and acts on any ground. He wouldn't mind a steadily run affair either, considering he was a seven-furlong winner in his younger days.
15:55 Yarmouth - Step up in distance to suit Folkswood
One of the best handicaps of the day comes at 15:55; a race worth £22,000 in total. The best horse on official figures here is Godolphin's Folkswood - and this looks a good opportunity for him to build on a light campaign so far.
As a two-year-old, his trainer Charlie Appleby described him as a horse with plenty of pace and speed, and mentioned the drop down in trip after winning his maiden at Goodwood over seven-furlongs. Talk of the Acomb was also aired.
Yet as a three-year-old racing over one mile, he looks to be crying out for a step up in trip - which is exactly what he gets on Sunday.
He ran in a traditionally hot handicap when last seen at Ascot (finishing a length behind in third). The winner that day Mustashry; has subsequently earned second from a mark of 100 in a warm race at York, whilst the runner-up has since ran well in Listed and Group 3 company.
Folkswood wants quick ground, a surface he didn't get in the Britannia. He ran slightly flat there, but wasn't beaten too far on the unfavoured soft going.
Described as immature earlier in the season, I feel there's a decent horse still to come out. Especially over a more suitable trip on fast ground he loves.
Sunday's Recommended Bets (half point)
Back Tyrsal @ 4.03/1 in the 14:15 at Yarmouth
Back Folkswood @ 3.259/4 in the 15:55 at Yarmouth
Weekly P/L: -2.00
Previous week: + 5.05
2015 P/L: +20.14