A first blank of the week for Alan Dudman yesterday, but he's looking to end his successful latest stint with bets at Newmarket and Cheltenham for Thursday...
"To add a bit more filler to the bet, he was sent off favourite for last season's Jersey Stakes, and he didn't run too badly in that behind Ribchester. He's a bigger price today for a handicap at 6/1 so he has to be worth a look."
Castle Harbour at 6/1 gets the verdict for this, and we should see a better horse this time around rather than the disappointing effort he served up at Doncaster.
He might have been one of the John Gosden runners that needed the outing at Donny, so it's a big plus he is race-fit here as four of the seven in the field are running for the first time this season. The selection's comeback run was also his first since being gelded - and he's a much better horse than what we saw there.
His three-year-old form was pretty smart; with a standout victory at York on his second outing from 86 looking decent form. The second and fifth in that race behind Castle Harbour went on to finish runner-up and third at Royal Ascot in the Britannia - and he travelled beautifully when beating those two on the Knavesmire.
To add a bit more filler to the bet, he was sent off favourite for last season's Jersey Stakes, and he didn't run too badly in that behind Ribchester. He's a bigger price today for a handicap at 6/1 so he has to be worth a look.
Despite winning on soft, he could be better on quicker ground judged on his York victory, and the drop back down in trip to seven is a positive. The stable are flying with five winners at the meeting too.
Trainer Colin Tizzard was in rampant form at Aintree, and that could continue with Gentleman Jon in the 3m2f handicap chase.
With 120 days off, he is the freshest horse in the field, and he has performed well after a break in the past. However, the key thing to Gentleman Jon is the ground - the quicker the better. In fact, he has form on a genuine fast surface.
His last two efforts came in the winter, but ran with no real distinction in a pair of 0-140 handicaps at Ludlow and Newbury. These end of season races such as he faces at Prestbdury Park today aren't always the strongest, and this field comprises of many that have a question mark or two to answer.
He might be a bit of a Wincanton specialist, but since he has been stepped up to this sort of distance, he has been seeing out his races well.
From a mark of 135 he needs to pull out a personal best, but he's in the right race. The big factor is the ground for me, and he is a decent price with the yard going so well at 15/2.
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