Nick Shiambouros avoided a blank day yesterday when his best bet Tomngerry duly oblged. Today Nick is back with a selection from Musselburgh and one from Chelmsford City...
"This gelding was modest on the flat but has really taken to the winter game"
13:00 Musselburgh - Always Resolute
Always Resolute cost me a pretty penny when falling at the final flight behind William Of Orange at Catterick last month.
He had the race at his mercy when coming down, and was unlucky to say the least.
This gelding was modest on the flat but has really taken to the winter game. He appears to be improving at a rate of knots, and his style of racing suggests he will be suited by this speed favouring course. In addition the Ellison yard is in super form.
I think he will go very close and I have backed him at his current price of 3.953/1 on the exchange.
Nicky Henderson has several fancied runners today and is represented by Brain Power in this race.
He made a winning start over hurdles when beating Two Taffs at Kempton. He took a while to master the runner-up but was well on top near the finish.
I think he will have his work cut out to beat the selection and represents poor value at 2.8615/8.
14:40 Chelmsford City - Stake Acclaim
Stake Acclaim has solid credentials in this competitive looking handicap.
This gelding finished seventh to Royal Birth over this course last month. He had a chance just over a furlong from home, but weakened quickly when the chips were down.
He has some respectable form in the book including a victory in a good handicap at HQ last year. He is still relatively lightly raced and open to further improvement.
I think his most recent run is best forgotten, and I will be disappointed if he is not involved in the finish. His current price of 5.04/1 is just about right.
The favourite is Royal Birth who is trading at 3.711/4.
He put in a much improved effort last time when beating Dynamo Walt over this course last month. He swept to the lead inside the final furlong and won with plenty to spare.
This likeable gelding is on the upgrade, but needs a career best to get the job done.
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Always Resolute at 3.953/1 in the 13:00 at Musselburgh
Back Stake Acclaim at 5.04/1 in the 14:40 at Chelmsford City
Weekly P/L +.26