Alan Thompson starts his stint in the chair with two selections, one from Kempton and the other from Wolverhampton's evening card...
"Silvergrove has been much more competitive since moving to the Ben Pauling yard and looks to be one to keep onside for now."
Silvergrove was very unlucky in his penultimate start at Sandown when after jumping the last his tack failed him and unseated Tom David with victory assured. However, he came out last time and won well at Newbury and looks like the 6lb rise he received, may not be enough to stop him going in again.
Trainer Ben Pauling has got Nico de Bounville on board the eight-year-old gelding today who has been placed in six of his nine chase starts. The ground will be perfect and any overnight or additional rainfall would only enhance his chances in my opinion. He looks the one to beat for me and at 3/1 on the Sportsbook as he looks to have a great chance.
Frangarry was an interesting runner last time out on his handicap debut where he was backed down to 7/4 favourite before the off, he traded as short as 1.54 in running that day before finishing third of eight. Alan Bailey is still looking for his first winner of the year after sending out 22 runners but I think Frangarry and Saleem Golam can provide that here with his only runner of the day.
It's his first start on the tapeta surface but I think this could be a nice horse who seems to be improving with every run. Running today off a mark of 60 and dropping down to five furlongs he could be well placed here and should hold every chance of getting connections back some of their money that he was obviously carrying last time.
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Carried Forward +8.97 pts
Staked: 2 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 0 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: + 6.97 pts