Alan Dudman fired in a winner with the market drifter Fayez yesterday, and he turns his attentions to Newmarket on Saturday afternoon with two win bets for the day...
"We don't see him in handicap company too often, so he has a chance from a 12lb lower mark from his peak days. Also, his return at Goodwood came over an inadequate trip, back up in distance today is another plus."
Backing in a two-year-old contest got me out of a torrid week's tipping during Goodwood thanks to Barraquero, and we are heading down the juvenile route again at Newmarket.
Shabaaby can backed at 7/2 on the Sportsbook, and his debut performance in a Salisbury Novice couldn't have worked out better. She was five lengths behind Nyaleti and Billesdon Brook that day. The former has subsequently won the Group 3 Princess Margaret in a stroll, whilst 'BB' was the famous 999/1 in-running winner of a Nursery at Goodwood.
The fourth, Watheer, has won since, so has the fifth and the sixth. On that form alone the 7/2 is appealing.
Shabaaby met a small bit of trouble at Salisbury, but the angle here is that his trainer Owen Burrows doesn't seem to have them revved up first time of asking - so he could improve masses from that first run.
The 82-rated Rebel Streak should make the running, but he's had three runs so far, while the filly Travelcard brings all-weather winning form from Lingfield.
Two of the fancied runners here in the shape of Danehill Kodiac and Second Wave will be making their seasonal reappearances in this 1m4f handicap. The selection is Eye Of The Storm, however - who blew away some cobwebs last time out at the Goodwood Festival, and we'll see a fitter horse today.
At 8/1, he's a bigger price than the two others mentioned, and he's a well treated horse too.
Eye Of The Storm hasn't seen much action in the last two years, in fact just a couple of outings in 2016 meant he was sent to be gelded, and he was off the track for a year until appearing at Goodwood this month. He wasn't beaten far there, in what was obviously a pretty hot race.
The seven-year-old was a quality performer for Aidan O'Brien in his younger days, and raced in Group 1 company and even took in the American St Leger in Arlington.
He was won for Amanda Perrett, and scored at Listed level two seasons ago.
Stamina-wise he stays 1m6f and has raced over 2m, but I think today's trip of 1m4f really suits, as he does have a turn of foot for a stayer and needs delivering late. Jockey Pat Dobbs is on board, and he knows him well.
We don't see him in handicap company too often, so he has a chance from a 12lb lower mark from his peak days. Also, his return at Goodwood came over an inadequate trip, back up in distance today is another plus.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +1.75
Previous week: -0.50