Cadeau Magnifique didn't quite live up to his name yesterday when finishing second, but Alan Dudman is hoping to go one better on the all-weather with an unexposed handicapper at Southwell...
"Switching to the Fibresand is a plus, as his relation Equitania scored on the surface, and from a mark of 59, he could be a player if he learns to settle - but he does travel quite well and he could improve."
13:20 Catterick - Vintage to come good over fences
With 12 career starts and seven runner-up positions, you would be right to think that freshman chaser Vintage Clouds could be a frustrating customer.
He hasn't done an awful lot wrong in his two steeple chasing efforts this season - and he's probably bumped into a couple as well. So today, there are absolutely no excuses - and this is a decent race for the track.
There was no shame in finishing second behind Paul Nicholls' classy Politilogue last time at Haydock, and his previous effort came against Briery Belle - who has since hacked up at Warwick by a decent margin.
Vintage Clouds probably lacked the pace to deal with those two over shorter trips, so it's a positive he steps up in distance today. This should be more suitable given he finished second in the Grade 2 Prestige Novices' Hurdle.
15:00 Southwell - It's gotta be so Macho
The 7f 0-65 handicap doesn't have an awful lot going for it, and with the field consisting of plenty of older and out of form horses, there could be a bit of potential in Macho Mac.
He caught the eye with his first outing on the all-weather recently at Wolverhampton. He raced over 6f and attracted a bit of market support. However, he pulled and went off too hard, and ruined any sort of chance of winning.
Unfortunately, the pulling seems to be a common theme with this 3yo, as he proved far too fresh despite travelling ever so well in soft ground at Redcar in October - and he moved better than a mid-60s horse.
Switching to the Fibresand is a plus, as his relation Equitania scored on the surface, and from a mark of 59, he could be a player if he learns to settle - but he does travel quite well and he could improve.
Tuesday's Recommended Bets
Back Vintage Clouds @ BSP in the 13:20 at Catterick
Back Macho Mac @ 4.804/1 in the 15:00 at Southwell
Weekly P/L: -5.00
Previous week: +4.07