Alan went close with a dead-heat second yesterday with Fast Track, and is hoping for a bit more luck with his two selections on a good-looking card at Newcastle on Wednesday...
"However, Gosden is persevering with him, as he looked quite useful when he scored at Wolverhampton back in March. He won by two lengths and saw out the trip really well from a good pace that day."
15:25 Newcastle - Back Mustaaqeem @ 7.06/1
Richard Fahey's Mustaaqeem takes quite a significant drop in class for the opening handicap on the Newcastle card, and as an unexposed horse on the all-weather, he looks a bet at around 7.06/1.
He was quite a frustrating horse for Sir Michael Stoute back in 2016, frustrating in the sense he wasn't beaten too far in some good handicaps - he just struggled to get his head in front.
Many of those races back then were over 1m, and he didn't look quick enough over that trip. He is a son of Dynaformer, and this extended 1m4f at a stiff track could unlock some improvement.
His first run for Fahey came in the summer in the Ripon Bell-Ringer, a significantly stronger affair than today's. Obviously he needs to improve on that run, but he is with a decent yard, and is unexposed at the trip. He makes his Tapeta debut from a mark of 86 - which is a dangerous one on his form of last year.
A bet on William Sayle looks quite a risky proposition given his last two starts, but we are compensated here to the tune of 10/1 on the Sportsbook. And you wouldn't see too many John Gosden horses priced so large for an open 0-75. Mind you, there probably aren't many horses rated 75 in his yard.
Let's get the negatives out of the way with first.
He was gelded in the early part of the year, and his two comeback runs at Nottingham and Chelmsford were disastrous - finishing last on both occasions.
Whilst we can offer up the trip and the ground at Colwick Park as excuses, there are none from last time at the Essex venue. The only theory could be that it's taken him a while to get over his gelding operation.
However, Gosden is persevering with him, as he looked quite useful when he scored at Wolverhampton back in March. He won by two lengths and saw out the trip really well from a good pace that day - so today's track under Rab Havlin might suit.
William Sayle looked a big, strong type winning his Maiden, and I think he deserves one last chance - especially at the price.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets
Back Mustaaqeem 0.5pt @ 7.06/1 in the 15:25 at Newcastle
Back William Sayle 0.5pt @ 10/1 in the 17:30 at Newcastle
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -3.62
Previous week: -6.00