Black Art was a ready winner at Sedgefield yesterday for Alan Dudman, and our man is looking towards Wetherby and Lingfield on Saturday with two selections for the afternoon's racing....
"He takes a drop in class today into a fairly poor race, and Karam Albaari has always held an ability to travel well in his races - he displayed that last time when meeting trouble."
This time last year, Jaleo was running in the Lanzarote at Kempton, and for a progressive horse 12 months ago, his season didn't really kick on. He fell at the first in that big race at the Sunbury venue, and he then took a cruncher of a fall in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Therefore it's understandable that the horse needed to restore a bit of confidence in two runs this term.
His first outing of the season came at Newbury in December, but that handicap was run at a steady tempo and he wasn't best suited to how the race developed. That exact scenario played out once again in his latest run at Kempton; he ran well in third despite coming from quite a long way back in a contest where it suited those that sat handy.
We might see different tactics today, and jockey Alex Ferguson looked good when making the running on High Bridge in a Saturday race at Newbury last month.
The ground is a question mark, but he seemed to travel well enough in soft conditions as a juvenile, and he has plenty of form on good to soft.
At 11/2 on the Sportsbook, he can be very competitive from his mark of 133.
With some quality ITV action on Saturday I should probably apologise for delving into a lowly 0-55 handicap at Lingfield towards the end of the card, but the veteran Karam Albaari has got to be of interest at a track he likes.
He caught just about everyone's eye last time in a 1m4f race at "Leafy", where he snaked up the inside but met trouble in the closing stages. I'm not one for following horses straight off the back of an unlucky run the start before, but there are a stack of reasons for getting involved with him today at 5/1. The pace was a strong one there too, according to the sectionals data.
The 10-year-old is very well treated from 56, and was winning this time last year from 66. He also takes a drop in class today into a fairly poor race, and Karam Albaari has always held an ability to travel well in his races - and he displayed that last time when meeting trouble.
He usually races over further, but the drop down to 1m2f should present no problems, and the old-timer has got more ability than some of these lowly-rated horses.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +0.75
Previous week: -6.00