Alan started the week with Nuns Walk winning at 5.59/2 and he has a couple of 10/1+ selections at Newcastle
"She clearly saves her best for Tapeta and has form figures on the surface of 1112. The mare seems to be very happy around Newcastle and she usually travels well here with a fine turn of foot."
The stars to align for Apollo's chances
12:20 Newcastle - Back Golden Apollo @ 12.011/1
I backed Golden Apollo for the Wokingham and he didn't make it, so it's time to go in again. Back him at 12.011/1.
He was very unlucky with his first run of the season at York when meeting plenty of trouble, and he again was a touch unlucky on the Knavesmire behind Gilgamesh soon after. That was a hot race, and he was a little too wide for my liking. But that can happen at York.
Golden Apollo has been running over 7f, but I've been waiting for him to come back down in trip. Today I have my wish.
He can win from his current mark of 95 I am sure, and I like the idea of a first start on the all-weather.
Godolphin mare looking to go one better at a decent price
14:05 Newcastle - Back Natural Scenery @ 11.010/1
I tipped and backed Natural Scenery for this race last year when she finished second. The in-play price of 1.251/4 in defeat was a low-blow, but I thought she got a terrific ride from Josephine Gordon that day - and the mare can be a force once again.
She clearly saves her best for Tapeta and has form figures on the surface of 1112. The mare seems to be very happy around Newcastle and she usually travels well here with a fine turn of foot.
Her effort 12 months ago came after an 11-week break, so she'll be fresh after 91 days off for this following her spell out in Meydan.
The 5yo still holds a couple of Group 1 entries later in the season, and I've held out hope before she could be a Melbourne Cup type of horse.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +1.75
Previous week: -3.25
Back Golden Apollo 0.5pt @ 12.011/1 in the 12:20 at Newcastle
Back Natural Scenery 0.5pt @ 10.09/1 in the 14:05 at Newcastle