Bets Of The Day: Dolly can be in the mix at Lingfield
Alan Dudman found his third winner of the week yesterday with the [14.0] advised success of Jeannot De Nonant at Southwell. He is on the lookout for more profit on Monday with two selections running at Lingfield...
"I am a follower of trainer form, and Best has recently seen an upturn in fortune with his horses. Dolly Mixture is one of the younger fillies going handicapping from a fairly low mark of 67, and has a big chance on what she has shown."
Be Bold to break his all-weather duck
14:25 Lingfield - Back Be Bold @ [7.60]
Following a weekend of Cheltenham movers, we revert to the bread-and-butter of Lingfield on Monday, and Rebecca Bastiman is fast becoming my "go-to" trainer for these low grade all-weather races. She seems a dab hand with older horses from winnable marks - and we have the same with Be Bold at a fair price.
He was slightly unlucky behind Sir Lancelott earlier this month when hampered in the closing stages, and he has been running well enough this winter without winning. Indeed his tally
of 0-14 on the artificial surfaces needs a victory next to his name, and he's got a chance here from the handicapper.
Last April he was rated 69, so clearly he should be a player from an ultra-low mark of 47 today.
He's a horse that likes to be up there setting the pace, and he went off too hard over Newcastle's 7f last time out. That track is not a venue to be too aggressive, and the sharper 7f here will suit him far better from a decent draw to attack and stack them up.
Be Bold also comes down from a 0-60 to a 0-50, and hopefully he can continue my run with the Bastiman team.
Dolly can be the best in fillies' handicap
14:55 Lingfield - Back Dolly Mixture @ [4.0]
It's best to stick with the afternoon all-weather action considering the cold snap is set to continue on Monday, and this Fillies' Handicap looks good for a bet.
In fact I like two here, as Lady Noorah was in a good little race at Newcastle earlier in the year to go in the notebook, and last time out was caught wide over course and distance in a contest where not many got into it.
She isn't the selection, though, as my preference is with John Best's Dolly Mixture.
I am a follower of trainer form, and Best has recently seen an upturn in fortune with his horses. Dolly Mixture is one of the younger fillies going handicapping from a fairly low mark of 67, and has a big chance on what she has shown.
Last time she ran over a trip too short at 6f, and couldn't get to grips with the winner who made all. It was a similar scenario in January over course and distance, in a race with a few big yards involved, and Dolly Mixture stayed on without a clear run in the closing stages.
The mile today will suit, and she gets my vote at around [4.0].
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +14.50
Previous week: +15.25
Back Be Bold 0.5pt @ [7.60] in the 14:25 at Lingfield
Back Dolly Mixture 0.5pt @ [4.0] in the 14:55 at Lingfield