Bets Of The Day: Consultant to enjoy the new trip at Thirsk

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Alan is hoping Be Bold and Consultant can get their heads in front at Thirsk on Monday

With a couple of morning inspections, Alan Dudman heads for the drier ground at Thirsk with his two bets for Monday afternoon...

"For me, he shaped really well at Salisbury. He looked inexperienced and missed the break, but he stayed on quite nicely in heavy ground."

Back Consultant @ 7.06/1 in the 17:05 at Thirsk

Bold run expected from Bastiman charge

14:20 Thirsk - Back Be Bold @ 17.016/1

It wouldn't be a Bets Of The Day stint without a Rebecca Bastiman horse, and the trainer has an interesting outsider in the shape of Be Bold.

Any rain towards the build-up for Monday will be most welcome for the 6yo, as Bastiman has stated in the past that soft conditions are key to the horse's chances.

From a mark of 54, he is certainly weighted to win considering he scored at Catterick last term from 60. He started out 2016 with a rating of 79.

He ran at Thirsk over 5f last season, but that was far too sharp for him, and he's a much better horse on the turf than on the all-weather. Hopefully the Bastiman team can serve up another success.


Go to Consultant for success

17:05 Thirsk - Back Consultant @ 7.06/1

A few of the main contenders are fit from the all-weather, including the likely favourite Odds On Oli. However, I am looking to Consultant to produce a good run on handicap debut.

The 3yo was clearly a backward type, as he was gelded last spring, and didn't make his first racecourse appearance until October. He disappointed on his final start at Southwell, but I can easily forgive a run on the Fibresand. For me, he shaped really well at Salisbury. He looked inexperienced and missed the break, but he stayed on quite nicely in heavy ground.

And if you are outpaced over 7f at Salisbury in deep ground, it's fair to say you need a trip.

He has raced on good to soft too, so the ground shouldn't really hold any fears, even if it goes softer. He starts from a low mark and will not lack for stamina.


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