Alan Dudman signs off with two bets for Thursday, and is looking to Wootyhoot at Chelmsford this evening to bounce back to form over a more suitable trip...
"The James Fanshawe gelding finished second in a similar sort of contest two months ago, running on well from a mark of 55 behind Luxford."
Ben Pauling's Alpine Secret showed a lot more at Bangor last time - and if he can replicate that run at Leicester over fences today, he has a chance to go close in the 13:45.
The race at Bangor came over 2m2f on decent ground, and Alpine Secret travelled better than anything with two to go. He ultimately went down five lengths to the well treated Diamond Rock - who was also quite tough that day. Alpine Secret was matched in-running at [1.16], which highlights just how well he was going.
He has done a fair bit of racing over 2m4f to 2m5f, so it was pleasing to see him travel so well at a sharp track like Bangor.
The selection gets to race again from his mark of 96, and he certainly looked well-handicapped last time (so did the winner). Pauling's team are in good order too, so I expect a decent run, as I do like the angle of him down in trip today.
This doesn't look a particularly strong race, and opportunity knocks for Wootyhoot over a more suitable trip this evening.
The James Fanshawe gelding finished second in a similar sort of contest two months ago, running on well from a mark of 55 behind Luxford. Having been outpaced in that, it was a surprise to see him run over 2f shorter last time at the track. The distance was very much against him, and he was done no favours either late in the race when hampered.
Wootyhoot has shown a bit more handicapping, and hasn't had many races either. The 0-60 grade shouldn't be beyond him, although his draw position could be better.
Granted a bit more luck in-running for this, he can bounce back over what should be his optimum trip tonight.
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