Alan heads to Wolverhampton on Tuesday, and is looking for success from the sprint and the stayers' race - with his best bet Frederic running over 2m...
"He's a nice in-running back-to-lay horse, and he would possess a lot more speed than Gabrial's Star - who usually hits a flat spot. Frederic is one of the most interesting runners on the card today."
13:10 Wolverhampton - Back Fast Track @ 6.05/1
The choice here for me was between the potential of Always Amazing against the established form of Fast Track, and the latter gets the verdict from his mark of 82 in this 5f dash.
Fast Track only raced once on the turf during the Flat season, and with so many opportunities now on the all-weather, it looks as though he's been kept for a winter campaign, as he seems best on artificial surfaces.
There won't be masses of improvement to come being a six-year-old, but he ran in much better company last winter - including a 0-95 behind Godolphin's Dubai One. He also scored over course and distance last January.
Rated 82, he has a chance off the mark in easier company than 12 months ago. David Barron's sprinter had a break from June, and whilst he hasn't fired in two runs back in November, he is drawn well today in the box seat, and is best when sitting handy.
14:40 Wolverhampton - Back Frederic @ 10.09/1
Frederic has had a few trainers in his time, with spells at Luca Cumani, Donald McCain, Micky Hammond and Keith Dalgleish. He strikes me as a horse with plenty of talent with his smooth travelling style, and as a son of Zamindar - certainly has the family trait about him with the way he goes through races.
Firstly, we must praise his current trainer Dalgleish, who has enjoyed a terrific year.
Secondly, the selection travels so well and he can quicken up for a stayer, that he has to be of interest for his Tapeta debut here. He seems to like going left-handed, and he should not want for stamina as a winner around Pontefract over this sort of trip.
He was last seen running in the Cesarewitch 52 days ago (had a poor draw), but the ground looked a bit quicker than the official description. Indeed, trainer Noel Meade had Snow Falcon in the race and he described it as "riding like flint".
I remember Frederic at Glorious Goodwood (can we still call it that?) in the 2m5f handicap. He travelled very well and looked a danger to all before his stamina gave way over the marathon trip.
He's a nice in-running back-to-lay horse, and he would possess a lot more speed than Gabrial's Star - who usually hits a flat spot. Frederic is one of the most interesting runners on the card today.
Tuesday's Recommended Bets
Back Fast Track 0.5pt @ 6.05/1 in the 13:10 at Wolverhampton
Back Frederic 1pt @ 10.09/1 in the 14:40 at Wolverhampton
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
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