Gordon Lord Byron could only finish second at the Curragh and with Alan's other selection failing to win it was a blank day - today he is looking at Beverley and Ayr to get back on the winning trail...
"The nine-year-old loves it at Beverley and he's still a quality horse on his day"
Ollie Pears runs Noodles Blue Boy at Beverley tonight for the 14th time in his career, he has won there four times over this trip and has been running well recently around this mark. I think we can forgive him his last race there 11 days ago as he was badly hampered at the start and he never got going after that.
Prior to that though he was running well and looking like he would make another appearance in the winners enclosure sooner rather than later. The closest he came was at Leicester last month when he was just beaten into second in a better class race than this off 74, the same mark as he is off today.
The nine year old loves it at Beverley and he's still a quality horse on his day, with the in-form Paul Hanagan taking the ride I think 7/1 available on the Sportsbook looks too good to leave behind.
16:10 Ayr - Piccadilly Jim @ 4.47/2 Exchange
Piccadilly Jim broke his maiden tag at Pontefract when he led inside the final furlong and stayed on well over a mile last month. That was a better class race than this and he almost followed that success by winning again next time out, but he was just beaten a short head over today's distance at Carlisle.
He seems to be in good form and could be ready to go in again. He has already been nibbled at in the market and at the time of writing is clearly the best traded horse in the race with a downward trending graph on the exchange. Sakhlin Star seems to be the main threat and was impressive when wining at Hamilton last time out but with an extra furlong today and a 7lb hike in the weights I prefer Piccadilly Jim.
18:40 Beverley - Back Noodles Blue Boy @ 7/1 Sportsbook
16:10 Ayr - Back Piccadilly Jim @ 4.47/2 Exchange
Alan Thompson 2015 P&L (EW bets are .5 pts unless otherwise specified)
Carried Forward : +7.59 pts
This Week :-
Staked : 11 pts (including 2 pts today)
Returned : 6.8 pts
Overall Profit : 5.39 pts