No joy for Alan Dudman yesterday, who heads to Lingfield and Ffos Las with a pair of handicap races under the microscope for Tuesday...
"The selection has a low weight and the mark could be fair enough. The positive is obvious; there is more to come from her - which cannot be said about some of the other rivals. Whilst the angle of her dropping down in trip to seven furlongs should suit considering Ffos Las takes a bit of getting."
16:05 Lingfield - Balancing Time to enjoy new test
I had no excuses with Champagne Bob yesterday. The rain came, and conditions would have been ideal. I don't have to worry about the weather as we switch to the all-weather at Lingfield for Tuesday.
The selection in this staying handicap is Amanda Perrett's Balancing Time. He is one of a clutch of three-year-olds racing against some fairly exposed older horses - and he takes a massive step up in trip.
On pedigree, he should stay, and two miles around here wouldn't be the sternest test of stamina.
The son of Pivotal ran down the field in three maidens at top tracks: Goodwood, Sandown and Newmarket, and it appeared he didn't really handle Goodwood on his latest start.
With a break of 107 days and a very low mark considering the decent pedigree he holds (and he cost 130,000 guineas), he might just suit the step up in trip.
16:15 Ffos Las - Moore's Chandon can provide some fizz in Wales
For this tricky fillies' handicap over seven furlongs, there are doubts about most in the small field. The likes of Exoplanet Blue, Posh Bounty, and Canford Lilli might not be particularly well-treated, whilst Many Dreams isn't progressing and Cahala Dancer is eight years of age.
Therefore I whittled it down to Gary Moore's Chandon Elysees - and she steps into this type of race for the first time from a mark of 70.
She has a reasonable pedigree, yet so far to date she has been sent off at prices of 100/1, 66/1 and 40/1 - but the filly has shaped well-enough in a pair of those starts for her to be of interest here.
The most fascinating run came at Salisbury in soft ground, and Chandon Elysees wasn't beaten too far behind Sir Michael Stoute's Labyrinth - who subsequently ran okay in a 0-100 handicap at Ascot.
The selection has a low weight and the mark could be fair enough. The positive is obvious; there is more to come from her - which cannot be said about some of the other rivals. Whilst the angle of her dropping down in trip to seven furlongs should suit considering Ffos Las takes a bit of getting.
Tuesday's Recommended Bets
Back Balancing Time 0.5pt @ 12.011/1 in the 16:05 at Lingfield
Back Chandon Elysees 0.5pt @ 6.6011/2 in the 16:15 at Ffos Las
Weekly P/L: -3.83
Previous week: + 0.60