Much like plenty of Saturday's runners, Alan Dudman drew a blank in the mud with his picks. Testing conditions are the order of the day for Sunday, and a couple of win bets at Ffos Las and Sandown....
"However, on his day he is a fairly talented performer and has always had a touch of class. I also take encouragement from his Ascot run last term (on reappearance) where he shaped well for a long way. He also acts in deep ground." Back Vino Griego @ 8.07/1 in the 15:35 at Sandown
Ffos Las is usually a slog, but Sunday will be even more of an attrition test with heavy ground, and any more rain might see the course change its name to 'The Underwater City Of Atlantis'.
This could be a gruelling spectacle, and one horse that will stay in these brutal conditions will be Magical Man.
Debbie Hamer's eight-year-old will be receiving a lot of weight from his rivals - including the more-fancied Bobble Boru. He has won at the track too, albeit over 2m5f on soft ground. But at least we know he'll have the stamina for this shorter trip.
Bobble Boru is very well handicapped and handles the ground, but she's not the biggest, and her price of 5/2 doesn't quite sway me. Magical Man has won in a slog at the track before in 2014 (when only three finished), and the fact that connections held the belief he should make a better chaser, he could be a bet at 8/1.
This could well be a case of last man/woman standing, and if that's the case at least we know the selection will not want for stamina.
15:35 Sandown - Back Vino Griego
The years have certainly flown by since Vino Griego's bumper win at Ascot in 2009. I was there that cold and wet afternoon, and I've followed his career since.
I can be a bit of a sucker for a mercurial, quirky and talented performer, and this 10-year-old is just that. He's now running in a Veterans' Handicap Chase and the opposition won't be nearly as strong as those he was running against last term.
The horse was not performing at all 12 months ago - from a rating of 153, he's now down to an easier grade on a mark of 132. Of course it's a massive leap of faith to back the tricky customer, as his form went to pieces last season.
However, on his day he is a fairly talented performer and has always had a touch of class. I also take encouragement from his Ascot run last term (on reappearance) where he shaped well for a long way.
His jockey Jamie Moore once said: "I've called him a few names myself." Hopefully he'll be kind one on Sunday!
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Magical Man @ 8/1 in the 14:05 at Ffos Las (Sportsbook price)
Back Vino Griego @ 8.07/1 in the 15:35 at Sandown
Weekly P /L (one point each bet excluding advised in-running trades)
Last week total: + 5.50
This week total: -1.60
Running total: +20.85